- Title: Israeli police fire water cannon to disperse protesters, arrest 50
- Date: 14th July 2020
- Summary: JERUSALEM (JULY 14-15, 2020) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VARIOUS OF POLICE FIRING WATER CANNON AT PROTESTERS SITTING ON ROAD, HOLDING THEIR HANDS IN THE AIR POLICE TRYING TO REMOVE TWO PROTESTERS FROM ROAD/ MOUNTED POLICE DISPERSING PROTESTERS GATHERED, WATER CANNON IN BACKGROUND POLICE ARRESTING MAN POLICE ARRESTING PROTESTER TRASH BIN ON FIRE / PROTESTERS ON ROAD POLICE ARRESTING PROTESTER POLICE CARRYING PROTESTER AWAY (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED PROTESTER, SAYING: "Police is kicking the ass out of the protest without any possible reasons, reasonable." POLICE DETAINING MAN LYING ON ROAD PROTESTER ARGUING WITH POLICE OFFICER / POLICE OFFICER PUSHING PROTESTER AWAY POLICE HOLDING MAN DOWN ON ROAD MOUNTED POLICE CHARGING FORWARD AS WOMAN PUSHES BACK POLICE CARRYING AWAY RESISTING PROTESTER VARIOUS OF WATER CANNON ON STREET CROWD GATHERED
- Embargoed: 28th July 2020 23:57
- Keywords: Israel Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Jerusalem arrests protest violent protest
- Location: JERUSALEM
- City: JERUSALEM
- Country: Jerusalem
- Topics: Government/Politics,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA001CMX61XJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Israeli police arrested 50 people on Tuesday night (July 14) in the aftermath of a protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.
Police deployed mounted officers and water cannons to disperse protesters who blocked roads and set fire to trash bins in the city centre after a demonstration outside Netanyahu's residence.
"Suspects ... were involved in disturbances and attacking police officers and journalists," a police spokesperson said in a written statement.
Israel's 12 News reported that one policeman was wounded in the scuffles.
Protesters who had gathered hours earlier were demanding Netanyahu's resignation over what they say has been an inept government response to the coronavirus crisis as a corruption trial in which Netanyahu faces charges in three cases that include bribery, breach of trust, and fraud.
Netanyahu has denied any wrongdoing and his trial is due to resume on Sunday July 19.
Tuesday's demonstration was organised as part of the civil protest 'The Black Flags' campaign whose members say they want to protect Israel's democracy and call on Netanyahu to step down from office.
In the past few weeks, protesters from across the political spectrum have taken to the streets with demands for speedier compensation from the coalition government, which they see as overstaffed and ineffectual.
(Production: Eli Berlzon, Dedi Hayun, Ilan Rosenberg, Lianne Back)
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