Anti-corruption rallies kick off at bridges and intersections across Israel

Weekly protests against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are beginning at bridges and traffic junctions around the country.

Thousands are expected to demonstrate on the roads, and thousands more at the main protest site in Jerusalem.

The protesters call for Netanyahu’s resignation due to his corruption trial, and lambaste his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and ensuing economic fallout. The largest protests take place on Saturday nights and the weekly demonstrations have been ongoing for the past 19 weeks.

Israelis protest against PM Benjamin Netanyahu near his official residence in Jerusalem, on October 24, 2020. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Earlier Saturday, police said they detained two demonstrators at a highway interchange between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem for marching on the side of the road without coordinating with authorities.

Dozens of demonstrators had gathered on the road to call for an investigation into Netanyahu for the so-called “submarine affair,” which ensnared some of the premier’s associates, but not himself.

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