'Crime minister': Israeli police arrest 30 at anti-Netanyahu protest

'Crime minister': Israeli police arrest 30 at anti-Netanyahu protest
At least 30 demonstrators were arrested by Israeli police on Sunday during a protest in Jerusalem demanding the the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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30 protesters were arrested at the rally [Getty]
Israeli police said on Sunday they had arrested 30 demonstrators after thousands rallied in Jerusalem demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, chanting "Crime Minister" and "You're fired".

The demonstrators, some playing musical instruments, gathered in front of the premier's official residence on Saturday night.

Local media estimated the crowd at around 10,000.

A police statement released early Sunday morning said there were outbreaks of violence during the rally and that officers were hurt.

"During the protests three policemen were injured by protesters," police said.

Three of those arrested would appear in court on Sunday, the statement added.

Protests demanding that Netanyahu resign over several corruption indictments and his handling of the coronavirus crisis have been mounting in recent weeks, and the premier has been scathing in his counter-attack.

Earlier this month, Netanyahu accused Channel 12 and another private TV station, Channel 13, of "delivering propaganda for the anarchist left-wing demonstrations" through extensive coverage of the rallies.

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Israel won praise for its initial response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, but the government has come under criticism amid a resurgence in cases after restrictions were lifted starting in late April.

Netanyahu has himself acknowledged that the economy was re-opened too quickly. 

Agencies contributed to this report.

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