After several rallies in which police managed to wreak havoc among protesters by using water cannons on them and sending them scurrying away, it appears protesters may have found a way to fend off the high intensity bursts of water.
A video shared on Twitter shows a group of protesters crouching behind homemade shields, some of which read “shield of democracy.” The shields appears to successfully repel the streams of water.
שוב תותחי מים נגד מפגינים בבלפור – זה כלי נשק שיכול להרוג – אמורים להשתמש בזה במקרי קיצון לדוגמה אם מפגינים פוגעים בשוטרים שנמצאים בסכנת חיים – זה נראה לכם המצב? pic.twitter.com/g3xROiGjuH
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Eventually, the water cannon truck appears to pull back and protesters move away as individual officers move in on the group. Others move back into the square, a normally busy traffic junctions linking several major thoroughfares in central Jerusalem.
Most protesters have left or been removed from the square, though a small group remains.