Anti-racism protest, Tel Aviv.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Four men arrested on Sunday night when a protest spun out of control in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square were indicted on a series of charges on Wednesday, all involving assaults on police.
The most serious charges concern Migbeh Lakao, 36, from Bat Yam, who stands of accused of punching a police officer in the back and gouging his fingers in another officer’s eyes while he was resisting arrest at the rally by Ethiopian Israelis and supporters against racism and police brutality.
He was indicted for aggravated assault of a police officer and mayhem.
Sintiabo Zagiya, a 21-year-old Ma’aleh Adumim man, was is accused of throwing rocks at officers and pushing and cursing other officers who were trying to arrest him. He faces charges of attempted aggravated assault of a police officer, interfering with police work, mayhem and resisting arrest.
Emanuel Ganfer, 24, from Hadera, and Abraham Baraheh, 22, from Lod, are accused of throwing rocks at police and were charged with attempted aggravated assault of a police officer and mayhem.
Police arrested 43 people on Sunday, but the next day only 19 were brought to court for remand extensions, the rest having been released.
By Tuesday morning, another six had been released from custody.
On Tuesday, 13 people were brought to the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court for remand extensions, and of those, four were released on the spot, while the rest were ordered kept in custody for a further 24 hours.
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