Saturday, June 22, 2024

Ultra-Orthodox Lockdown Protesters Clash With Police In Jerusalem

Following Coronavirus lockdown restrictions, Clashes broke out on Tuesday night in Jerusalem between police and ultra-Orthodox protesters opposed to it.

Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox men gathered in the capital’s Shabbat Square in the Mea Shearim neighborhood to protest the lockdown rules aimed at curbing a high rate of coronavirus infections, especially restrictions against opening schools.

At the end of the demonstration, hundreds of the protesters made their way to the nearby Bar Ilan street, where fighting broke out between them and police. Some demonstrators blocked traffic, burned trash bins, damaged vehicles and heaved stones and other objects at officers.

Police used water cannons to disperse the protest and arrested at least one person on suspicion of disturbing public order.

An initial protest was organized with the approval of police and included speeches from community leaders. The demonstrators packed together tightly and almost none wore face masks.

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