Israel police fired tear gas on Ethiopian Jews protesters

Police in Israel have fired tear gas and stun grenades in clashes with ethnic Ethiopians protesting about what they say is police brutality and racism.

Israel police fired tear gas on Ethiopian Jews protesters

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Police on horseback charged hundreds of ethnic Ethiopian citizens in central Tel Aviv on Sunday as an anti-racism protest descended into one of the most violent demonstrations in Israel's commercial capital in years.

The protesters, Israeli Jews of Ethiopian origin, were demonstrating against what they say is police brutality after the emergence last week of a video clip that showed policemen shoving and punching a black soldier.

Demonstrators overturned a police car, smashed shop windows and destroyed property and threw bottles and stones at officers in riot gear at Rabin Square in the heart of the city.

Tensions subsided after midnight and police said they would be far less accommodating of further such demonstrations.

At least 56 officers and 12 protesters were injured, some requiring hospital treatment, police and an ambulance service official said and 43 people were arrested.

Police used water canon and stun grenades to try to clear the crowds. Israeli television stations said teargas was also used, something the police declined to confirm.

"I've had enough of this behaviour by the police, I just don't trust them any more ... when I see the police I spit on the ground," one female demonstrator who was not identified told Channel 2 before the mounted police charge.

"Our parents were humiliated for years. We are not prepared to wait any longer to be recognised as equal citizens. It may take a few months, but it will happen," another demonstrator told Channel 10.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 04 Mayıs 2015, 09:30