Nine demonstrators were arrested this morning (Wednesday) during a protest in front of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s residence on Balfour Street in Jerusalem following the postponement of the hearing in Netanyahu’s trial, which was scheduled to take place today, February 8 – due to the closure.
Police said the demonstrators arrived with torches and lit a bonfire near Paris Square, violated the order and blocked main roads. Police forces who arrived at the scene tried to restore order, and during the events there were clashes with the police. Nine protesters, as stated, were arrested and detained for questioning.
Demonstrations against Netanyahu in Balfour due to the postponement of the trial. (Photo: Prime Minister)
During the protest, the demonstrators used zamboras and claimed to have done so in accordance with the noise law and the High Court ruling. However, the commander of the Moriah station objected and claimed that the demonstration was forbidden. In the eyes of the residents, who allegedly slept through the arrival of the demonstrators, in addition to the demonstrators blocking major arteries and the residents in the area being prevented from leaving the parking lots of the houses on their way to work.
The protesters responded: “There is no such thing as an illegal demonstration! Stop us all! Both a dictator and a corrupt who will not run away from the trial.” Also, the streets near Paris Square were closed to traffic and police asked drivers to take alternative routes.
In response to the arrests, the Prime Minister movement stated: “Once again, the Jerusalem police have been proven to be a political police force that has no authority to suppress the protest, in the service of the Balfour defendant. .
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