Israeli Police Clash with Ethiopian Protesters
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Israeli police forces clashed with Ethiopians protesting against the Tel Aviv regime’s racism and police brutality.
Sunday’s clashes erupted in the city of Tel Aviv on Sunday as Israeli forces fired stun grenades and tear gas to disperse thousands of Ethiopians, who had taken to the streets to voice anger against institutionalized discrimination and police violence.
Some demonstrators threw stones and glass bottles after attempting to storm the municipality building.
Police said at least seven protesters as well as 46 officers were injured in the clashes and 26 protesters were arrested.
Demonstrators were chanting and holding up signs reading, "A violent policeman must be put in prison" and "We demand equal rights".
The event’s organizers reportedly put the number of people attending the rally at 10,000.
Ethiopian demonstrators blocked major arteries and junctions in central Tel Aviv, vowing to continue rallies until their demands are met.
They are calling for an investigation into racism and violence exercised by Israeli police against Africans.
A similar march was held on April 30 in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) during which Israeli security forces clashed with the Ethiopian protesters.
The rally was held after a video emerged earlier showing an Ethiopian being beaten by police in a racist attack, Press TV reported.
Ethiopians have long complained about unfair treatment and police violence in Israel. Thousands of Jews of Ethiopian origin, who are living in the occupied Palestinian territories, are treated as third-class citizens.