Thousands of Israelis protest pandemic premiere and management

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Thousands of Israelis protest pandemic premiere and management




Crowd of Israelis participate in protest outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's official residence in Jerusalem, August 1, 2020


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Crowd of Israelis participate in protest outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem, August 1, 2020


Thousands of Israelis protested this Saturday night against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accused of corruption, and his management of the new coronavirus crisis.

The protests were celebrated on the streets of several cities in the country, but also on bridges where protesters hung signs in which they accused Netanyahu of having failed in his management of the pandemic.

Hundreds of people protested in Tel Aviv against the strike and the lack of government aid, according to the Israeli press.

One of the most important acts takes place in front of the Prime Minister’s official residence in Jerusalem, where thousands of protesters have gathered, demanding his resignation.

There were also protests outside the private residence of the nationalist and conservative leader in the coastal city of Caesarea (west).

Protesters, most wearing masks, accused Netanyahu of failing to contain the pandemic and the economic crisis caused by the confinement.

They also denounced the leader for the November 2019 charges against him of corruption, fraud and abuse of trust in three different cases.

“They desperately try to intoxicate people to bring down a strong right-wing prime minister,” criticized Likud (Netanyahu’s party) in a Twitter message, retweeted by the prime minister, who accuses television stations of “advertising leftist demonstrators” and anarchists “.

Israel suffers a second wave of contagions and the strike levels are already over 20%, while in February it was just 3.4%.

After the Israeli government presumed at first to have managed to control the pandemic, with a limited number of patients, contagions multiplied with the suspension of confinement and this prompted the authorities to adopt new restrictions.

The Hebrew state, with 9 million inhabitants, detected 72,000 people infected and 523 killed by COVID-19, according to official figures.

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