Israel: Police use water cannons as clashes break out at anti-Netanyahu protest in Jerusalem

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Police turned water cannons on demonstrators in Jerusalem on Tuesday night, after clashes broke out at a protest calling for the resignation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Near Netanyahu’s official residence where the protests took place, police were seen restraining individual protesters and using physical force to control the crowd.

“All groups must unite, every day not just once a week, to protest and in the end he will go home,” said Ester, a participant.

Netanyahu currently faces corruption charges and three indictments for bribery, fraud, and breach of trust, and several protests in Tel Aviv and elsewhere have highlighted public disapproval for his government’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I wouldn’t like to have a bank manager who has stolen from his customers. Even though his trial hasn’t finished yet, I don’t want my prime minister to have indictments,” said Silvia, who also joined the protests.

At least 50 people were reportedly arrested during the clashes.

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