Thousands demand Netanyahu quit over coronavirus, corruption

Thousands demand Netanyahu quit over coronavirus, corruption

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Thousands of demonstrators have gathered outside the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and thronged the streets of central Jerusalem, as weeks of protests against the Israeli leader appeared to be gaining steam.

The demonstration in central Jerusalem, along with smaller gatherings in Tel Aviv, near Netanyahus beach house in central Israel and at dozens of busy intersections nationwide, was one of the largest turnouts in weeks of protests.

Thousands of Israelis have taken to the streets, calling for Netanyahu to resign, protesting his handling of the countrys coronavirus crisis and saying he should not remain in office while on trial for corruption charges.

Israeli media estimated at least 10,000 people demonstrated near the official residence in central Jerusalem. Late Saturday, thousands marched through the streets in a noisy but orderly rally.

Demonstrators hoisted Israeli flags and blew loud horns as they marched. Many held posters that said "Crime Minister" and "Bibi Go Home" or accused Netanyahu of being out of touch with the public.

Anti-riot forces moved into the area and began clearing out people. As of early Sunday morning, most of the remaining people appeared to be leaving peacefully, but police were seen dragging some activists away.

Late on Saturday, his Likud party issued a statement that accused Israels two private TV stations of giving "free and endless publicity" to the protesters and exaggerating the importance of the gatherings.

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