Police begin to close roads in Tel Aviv ahead of major anti-government rallies

Police block off the entrance to the Ayalon Highway in Tel Aviv, during an anti-government protest, on January 14, 2023. (Naomi Lanzkron/Times of Israel)
Police block off the entrance to the Ayalon Highway in Tel Aviv, during an anti-government protest, on January 14, 2023. (Naomi Lanzkron/Times of Israel)

Police officers are closing numerous roads in Tel Aviv ahead of two anti-government protests in the coastal city, one on Kaplan Street and the other at Habima Square.

The ramps to Hashalom Interchange on the Ayalon Highway from both directions will also be closed to traffic.

Police say several more roads in Tel Aviv will close at 6:45 p.m. for a march set to be held by the demonstrators.

The road closures will be marked on the Waze navigation app, police say.

Organizers estimate the rallies will draw around 100,000 people. Last week’s protest saw some 80,000 at Habima Square.

The demonstrations will mark the third week that opponents of Benjamin Netanyahu’s government will take to the streets, protesting Justice Minister Yariv Levin’s proposals to shake up the judiciary by severely curbing the High Court of Justice’s judicial review powers and cementing political control over the appointment of judges.

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