Protests against judicial reform still continue in Israel

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Despite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's announcement of the postponement decision, Israelis continued their protests against his government's controversial judicial arrangement for weeks.

Protests against judicial reform still continue in Israel

'Judicial reform' actions, which have been going on for 15 weeks in Israel, continue despite the postponement decision. Israelis, who hold mass demonstrations across the country every Saturday evening, against the judicial regulation of the extreme right-wing coalition government led by President Benjamin Netanyahu, again took to the squares in the 15th week of the protests.

TENS OF THOUSANDS ARE AGAINST JUDICIAL REFORM

According to Anadolu, tens of thousands of Israelis participated in demonstrations in cities such as Tel Aviv, West Jerusalem, Haifa, Netanya, Birüssebi and Rehovot.

Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in front of the Government Complex on Kaplan Street in Tel Aviv, which hosts the largest demonstration, as it does every week.

According to Israel's Channel 12 television, 115,000 people attended the demonstrations in Tel Aviv.

Names from different segments of Israel such as politics, high bureaucracy, art and business also took part in the demonstrations.

On the stage set on Kaplan Street, speakers from different parts of Israel gave speeches emphasizing democracy against the government's judicial regulation.

The demonstrators, who often chanted "democracy" with Israeli flags in their hands, carried banners criticizing the extreme right-wing politicians in the coalition government.

In the area where the demonstrations were held, banners against Netanyahu reading "Crime Minister" in English were hung.

A giant banner was unfurled every week in the area, and a main slogan determined for the demonstrations of that week was included, while the slogan "We will remain free" was used in this week's banner.

Thousands of demonstrators in West Jerusalem also gathered in front of the Presidential Residence to protest the judicial arrangement.

DEMONSTRATION FROM THE EXTREME RIGHT MINISTER

About 30,000 Israelis participated in the demonstrations in Netanya, while former Prime Minister and main opposition leader Yair Lapid took part in the demonstrations here.

Close to the protests in the city in question, he staged a pro-government counter-demonstration led by the far-right partner of the governing coalition and Minister of National Security Itamar Ben-Gvir.

Ben-Gvir, one of the most staunch advocates of the government's controversial judicial regulation, attended a demonstration at Poleg Junction in Netanya with several other coalition members.

Because the counter demonstration was in an area close to the protests attended by opposition leader Yair Lapid, Israeli police dispatched additional security forces to prevent clashes between the protesters.

JUDICIAL REFORM REGULATION

The "judicial reform" announced by Israeli Minister of Justice Yariv Levin on January 5 includes changes such as limiting the Supreme Court's powers and allowing the government to have a say in judicial appointments.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on March 27 that he was postponing the judicial regulation, which caused mass protests and strikes across the country.

However, the government is expected to bring the postponed regulation to the Parliament at the beginning of May.

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