Jerusalem (CNN) — Clashes between police and demonstrators took place in dramatic scenes in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Wednesday, as police fired stun grenades as Israelis blocked roads in protest of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s moves to weaken the judiciary.
Pictures from the scene of the confrontations showed scenes of smoke with sound bombs falling, while the Border Police stationed to prevent the demonstrators from moving forward, and the police intensified the inspection of the place.
Anti-Netanyahu protest organizers have called Wednesday a “national day of unrest” and urged people to block roads across the country.
The demonstrations come as Israeli lawmakers present components of the Netanyahu government’s legislative package to reform the country’s judicial system. Key elements of the program include giving parliament and the Knesset the power to overturn a Supreme Court ruling by a simple majority, and giving politicians ultimate control over the appointment of judges.
National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir, a far-right leader whose ministry was in charge of the police when the Netanyahu government came to power in December, tweeted Wednesday morning that he had instructed the police not to allow protesters to block roads with “anarchist” checkpoints.
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