After Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, More Anti-police Brutality Protests Planned Around Country

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An Ethiopian-Israeli protester walks on Tel Aviv's main artery during an anti-racism protest, May 3, 2015.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum

With mass demonstrations having already taken place in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, further protests by Israelis of Ethiopian origin are shaping up.

On Thursday a protest by Ethiopian Israelis is due to take place in Ashkelon. The protest march will begin at the Lev Ha’ir Mall and proceed to the city’s police station, passing by the mayor’s office as well. The protest is scheduled to last from 3 P.M. until 9 P.M.

“Our protest is on the national level, but also on the local level, against the local authorities that aren’t providing a suitable answer for our problems,” Gavriel Tigabo, one of the protest organizers, told Haaretz. He says the demonstration will feature the slogan “No to Violence. Yes to Dialogue.” It was organized Tuesday night and at this point 300 protesters are expected.

“We will demonstrate against police brutality and in solidarity with all the members of the community who are not treated fairly by the authorities,” Tigabo said. “We’ve been silent for 30 years and now we’re making our cry heard. I call on everyone to join and not to remain apathetic.”

There will also be a solidarity march in Be’er Sheva on Thursday, which is scheduled to start at 7 P.M. at Merkaz Hanegev. Also, starting at 7:30 P.M. on Saturday night, more protests are planned around the country.

An announcement on Facebook stated: “On Saturday night the entire Ethiopian community will demonstrate against its local authority to demand that the social injustices be remedied. You decide what the protest will look like, you lead it. No singers, no speeches.”

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