Police arrest protesters who cry out against Knesset shut-down

The arrests were due to the protesters, roughly 200 in numbers, who were in violation of the novel coronavirus Health Ministry regulations.

Israel Police vehicle (Illustrative) (photo credit: ISRAEL POLICE)
Israel Police vehicle (Illustrative)
(photo credit: ISRAEL POLICE)
Police arrested nine people during an attempted protest near the Knesset on Thursday. The demonstration included about 200 people who attempted to reach the Knesset by car to protest it being shut down by Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, but they were barred from reaching their destination.  
Under the Health Ministry regulations, Israelis are discouraged from gathering in groups larger than 10 people as the nation is currently struggling to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.  
In addition, police fined people NIS 5,000 for taking part in this massive protest against the mentioned Health Ministry regulations. The instruction, known in Hebrew as the People’s Health Order, is also used to fine restaurants and bars that keep serving people.  
Protesters argued that as long as people are in a car, which can contain a maximum five people, each car is its own space and ergo they were not in violation of the ministry's instructions.  
Blue and White leader Benny Gantz said that, “many citizens understand it is impossible to sit quietly as [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu and Edelstein lead moves that are crushing democracy.” He also called on protesters to use digital routes to express their views and not to gather in public. 
The Police rejected any claim it acted due to any political interest and said they will uphold the law and the People’s Health Order.