Thousands gather in Israel to protest job losses caused by coronavirus

Thousands gather on the streets of Tel Aviv in Israel to protest job losses caused by coronavirus

  • Around 300 police officers were called to Rabin Square in Tel Aviv after an anti-government protest occurred
  • Demonstrators were complaining at the Israeli government’s handling of job losses caused by coronavirus
  • Protestors were angry over the government’s abandonment of the country’s self-employed and young people
  • Israel eased lockdown restrictions in May but were forced to reimpose strict rules after infections rose again 

Thousands of protestors gathered in the streets of Tel Aviv, Israel on Saturday  to protest against the Israeli government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

The demonstrators were complaining about the curbs taken by the government which has led to several job losses in a variety of sectors, while small and self-employed business are angry over a failure to deliver financial aid that was promised to them by the government. 

Around 300 police officers were called to the city’s Rabin Square to manage the situation and maintain social distancing, though the majority of protestors were conforming to the two-metre regulations and wearing face coverings. 

Thousands of protestors gathered in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square (pictured) on Saturday to protest against the country’s handling of the coronavirus crisis

Protestors did their best to conform to two-metre social distancing rules put in place by the government and also wore face masks to protect themselves from the virus  

Around 300 police officers were called to the square to make sure social distancing rules were maintained during the protests

Protest organiser Shai Berman told Israel’s public radio: ‘There is a very grave crisis of confidence between us and the government. 

‘We are part of a very large public which is feeling growing distress and wants to demonstrate and simply does not believe the promises.’

Demonstrators held up banners saying ‘Let Us Breathe’ echoing statements made during the Black Lives Matter protests following the death of George Floyd in the United States. 

Student unions also attended the protest as many young people have been forced out of work by the pandemic. Performing arts groups were also present as the leisure and entertainment sectors have been hit hard by the crisis. 

Following calls to improve public life and the country’s economic situation, Israel lifted some lockdown restrictions in May after a month-and-a-half in strict lockdown.

However, the country was forced to retract certain relaxations as infections rose once again. Public pools, bars, nightclubs, gyms and event venues were forced to close as a result.

Israeli protesters chanted slogans during the demonstrations against the government’s abandonment of the country’s self-employed

 Student unions attended the Tel Aviv protests as several young people have lost job opportunities during the global coronavirus pandemic 

A protest organiser claimed there was a serious lack of confidence between the people and the Israeli Goverment, led by Benjamin Netanyahu (pictured on placard)

On Friday, Israel recorded 1,500 new COVID-19 infections, the highest daily total the country has faced since the global pandemic began

The country’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, told activists: ‘We will meet our commitments including hastening the immediate payments that we want to give you.’

Israel recorded 1,500 new infections on Friday, the highest number of daily cases registered so far by the country. 

The overall number of cases sits at 37,000, which includes 350 deaths. 

Israeli police officers were involved in a stand-off with protestors at a main junction near the Tel-Aviv square on Saturday night during their anti-government protests

Protestors also chose to sit in the streets of Tel-Aviv to stop the city moving during their late night demonstrations in the city

Demonstrators manhandle a demonstrator during the protest on Saturday night in the Tel-Aviv city centre near where the crowds gathered

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