Israel: Protesters rally against second COVID lockdown on Tel Aviv beach

Hundreds of protesters rallied on a beach in Tel Aviv on Saturday, protesting against the reintroduction of a lockdown due to the coronavirus. The protesters danced and chanted slogans against the lockdown, and accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government of mishandling the coronavirus pandemic. Ilan, a protester said, «There is no doubt that this is a political lockdown, and a stupid one. The government has totally lost the trust of the public.» Or, another protester stated, «We are in the middle of an economic, health and social crises, while the Prime Minister and the government are not available to deal with it. Netanyahu is accused of crimes, and he is busy with that.» «The situation with Corona here in Israel is worse than in other countries, also because of the government. They exaggerate it just in order to put as under a lockdown,» added Noam. The lockdown, which began on Friday, is expected to last three weeks and falls in the middle of a period when Israelis would normally gather for several important holidays, including Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Israel has reported over 179,000 cases of coronavirus since the start of the outbreak, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, while over 1,196 people have died with the virus.

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