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Anti-Racism protests in Tel Aviv

Numbers of people hurt during anti-racism demonstration in Tel Aviv triggered by cruelty against a black soldier.

The protesters, Israeli Jews of Ethiopian origin, were demonstrating on Sunday in opposition to what they claimed was police racism and brutality following a video surfaced recently revealing police officers pushing and punching a black soldier.

“All suffered light injuries to the head and upper body,” Hanna said. Hanna mentioned that it was notable that the injuries weren’t more severe, when Israeli police confrontations with Palestinian protesters typically concluded with much more serious injuries or fatalities.

“Very clearly, the Israeli police are capable of riot control that does not involve the loss of human life or severe injury.”.

The protest turned violent when it ultimately relocated to Rabin Square, where Israeli riot cops and special forces shot stun grenades and water cannon into the groups.

Tel Aviv anti-racism protests marred by violence

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Anti-Racism demonstrators overturned a police cruiser and launched bottles and rocks at officers in riot gear at Rabin Square in the center of Israel’s industrial capital.

Anti-racism-tel-avivThere was no actual indication of demonstrators dispersing and several protest leaders informed Israeli news that parts of the group had actually been provoked to violence.

Israeli riot police officers have discharged stun grenades and water cannon on great numbers of ethnic Ethiopian Jewish citizens in an effort to end one of the most intense demonstrations in history in Tel Aviv.

Israel’s Channel 2 television pointed out that tear gas was also utilized, an issue the police refrained to verify.

“I’ve had enough of this behaviour by the police, I just don’t trust them any more. When I see the police I spit on the ground,” one particular female Anti-Racism demonstrator who was not identified shared with Channel 2 prior to police on horseback had charged.

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Al Jazeera’s Mike Hanna, who went to the demonstration, stated the Israeli Red Cross earlier in the evening hours mentioned approximately 40 individuals, consisting of 23 law enforcement officers, were wounded.

Israeli police later in the evening announced approximately 46 police officers had been wounded. When Anti-Racism demonstrators brought evening rush hour traffic to a dead stop for more than an hour by obstructing one of the city’s major highways, Hanna stated the protest started peacefully.

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