Protests continue in Israel amid COVID-19 restrictions

Israeli protesters holding Israeli flags stand on a bridge to demonstrate against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government during Sukkot holiday in Hefer Valley, lsrael, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

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UPDATED 11:30 AM PT – Sunday, October 4, 2020

Several protesters were arrested during the ongoing demonstrations in Israeli, where some are calling for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s resignation. Despite coronavirus restrictions, residents gathered near the prime minister’s home on Saturday.

This came after a new law was instituted to limit protests to within 0.6 miles of a person’s residence. Protesters have accused Netanyahu of passing the law in an attempt to muzzle dissent.

The prime minister has faced months of protests regarding his corruption trial and the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Israeli police officers on horseback block Israeli protesters during a demonstration against lockdown measures that they believe are aimed at curbing protests against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

“I am here in a limited demonstration because we have one huge dictatorship,” stated one protester. “He (Prime Minister Netanyahu) destroyed almost everything of our democracy, our society.”

The country’s tourism minister, Asaf Zamir, resigned in protest against the law on Friday. He has said he will not “stay in a government that prevents de facto protests.”

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