Anti-judicial reform protestors took to the streets for the 35th straight week, with demonstrations focusing on the "moral collapse of the education system".
The regular protests were interrupted Saturday morning when protests by Eritrean refugees against an Eritrean Embassy event devolved into violent clashes between pro- and anti-government protestors as well as with the police, so far over 170 have been injured.
Due to the riots all bars and liquor shops in South Tel Aviv have been closed by police order.
Israeli pop star Efrat Gosh sang the Israeli anthem, HaTikva, during the central demonstration in Tel Aviv's Kaplan interchange. Along with protest leader Shikma Bressler, former justice minister Avi Nissenkorn is also set to speak in Tel Aviv tonight.
Protests outside of Tel Aviv
Outside of Tel Aviv protestors were also seen across the country. Thousands were spotted marching in Haifa along the regular route from Carmel toward the Horev intersection.
Hadera also so hundreds of protestors demonstrated at the Police intersection in the city, they were joined by Druze protestors. Druze protestors have become more common since local council president candidate Ghazi Saeb was murdered last week in Abu Snan.
Protestors were also seen at the Youth Bridge in the Hefer Valley and at the Science Park intersection in Rehovot, where traffic was blocked.
"The chaos in Tel Aviv today was the responsibility of Netanyahu. In 2018 there was an agreement that could return most of the Eritreans, and Netanyahu withdrew from the agreement because of racist Kahanists," protest leader Shikma Bressler at a demonstration in Tel Aviv on Saturday night.
Police estimate that the demonstrations in Kaplan drew 105 thousand participants.