Anti-overhaul protests to be held as planned: ‘Democracy is under dangerous attack’

Protest organizers say demonstrations against the coalition’s judicial overhaul moves will be held as planned after clashes in Tel Aviv between Eritrean asylum seekers.

Activists say protest groups are coordinating with police after the violence, which authorities said was under control by late afternoon.

“Our democracy is under dangerous attack from a government that is destroying our home. The statements from the coalition against the IDF, Shin Bet, Mossad, and security agencies in recent weeks demonstrate how enormous the danger is to the State of Israel,” protesters say.

Protesters are set to demonstrate Saturday evening in Tel Aviv and across Israel for a 35th consecutive week, under the banner of “no dictatorship in our schools.”

Saturday’s rallies are to be held the day after the academic year began, and as Education Minister Yoav Kisch seeks to oust Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum director Dani Dayan, and replace him with an ally from his Likud party.

In an earlier statement, protest leaders referred to the High Court of Justice hearings in the coming weeks on petitions against amendments to two Basic Laws passed by the coalition and another motion aimed at forcing Justice Minister Yariv Levin to convene the Judicial Selection Committee.

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