4 Ethiopian-Israelis charged in Tel Aviv protest violence


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Four Ethiopian-Israeli men were indicted for their actions at a Tel Aviv protest against police brutality that turned violent.

The men, three in their 20s and one age 36, were indicted Wednesday on charges including assaulting police officers, resisting arrest and rioting, the Times of Israel reported.

Some 60 people, many police officers, were injured in the Sunday night demonstration in Rabin Square by thousands of Ethiopian-Israelis and their supporters. Protesters threw rocks and bottles at police, overturned police cars and clashed with officers.

Police used anti-riot measures including stun grenades, water cannons and tear gas to halt the violence. The rally came four days after a similar protest in Jerusalem, which also turned violent.

A demonstration is planned for Ashkelon in southern Israel on Thursday afternoon with the theme “No to violence, yes to dialogue,” and simultaneous demonstrations are planned for Saturday night throughout the country, according to Haaretz.

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