An estimated 200,000 people protested against the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu across Israel over the weekend, reports the Times of Israel.
Many protesters were seen throwing various objects at police officers and clashing with law enforcement representatives. Four people were arrested in Jerusalem on Saturday as authorities tried to stop demonstrators from marching through the streets and eight protesters in Tel Aviv were arrested on Sunday for assaulting police officers.
Netanyahu’s Likud Party released a statement saying the protests, “cannot cover the fact that Prime Minister Netanyahu is successfully leading the lockdown that is bringing down morbidity.” It said that “the left can continue protesting, and Prime Minister Netanyahu will continue to save the lives of Israel’s citizens.”
Protests calling on Netanyahu to step down amid an economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic have been ongoing since July. Last weekend, nearly 40 protesters were detained amid anti-government demonstrations in Israel. This comes in spite of the Knesset’s decision to limit protests to no more than 20 people who live within one kilometer of a planned demonstration.