Following the popular city’s police chief’s forced resignation, thousands of protestors on Wednesday stopped Tel Aviv’s main highway and significant intersections throughout Israel in a spontaneous explosion of rage.
Under what he claimed to be political pressure, Ami Eshed announced late on Wednesday that he was leaving the Israeli police department.
Itamar Ben-Gvir, the nation’s hard-line minister of national security, has frequently battled with Eshed and asked that police take a stronger stance against months of anti-government protests.
The Ayalon Highway was blocked by thousands of individuals, which stopped traffic on the usually busy thoroughfare.
The demonstrators ignited numerous bonfires, danced in the street, and honked their horns.
Police fired a water cannon and attempted to push back the throng, some while mounted on horses.
Israelis take to the streets of Tel Aviv and other locations across Israel following the resignation of District Police Commander Ami Eshed resigned after saying he was pushed out of the force "on political grounds" by Minister Itamar Ben Gvir.
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