Thousands of protesters descend on Jerusalem to denounce Israel’s ongoing Covid mandates, inspired by similar action in Canada
A huge chain of vehicles blocked traffic in Jerusalem as thousands of Israelis took to the streets to protest coronavirus restrictions in the country, taking note of the ‘Freedom Convoy’ demonstration held in the Canadian capital about current vaccine needs.
Long lines of cars could be seen heading towards Jerusalem on Monday, apparently from towns across Israel, in footage circulating on social media. Like their Canadian trucking counterparts, protesters honked their horns, hoisted banners and chanted slogans against Covid mandates, some even carrying the national flag of Canada as they did so.
According to the Jerusalem Post, a group of protesters then proceeded to the city’s parliament building to continue the protest. Although authorities have yet to confirm the size of the rally, media estimated thousands of protesters and hundreds of vehicles took part in the action, while activists put the figure in the tens of thousands .
Although officials have eased some of Israel’s Covid restrictions in recent weeks as the number of daily infections continues to drop – including the requirement to present proof of vaccination to enter certain public spaces – the policy remains partially in place, while mask mandates continue for schools, stores and healthcare facilities.
The mobile protest closely mirrors protests held across Canada in recent weeks, where a convoy of long-haul truckers gathered to denounce cross-border vaccination requirements for those traveling between Canada and the United States. Despite repeated orders to disperse, police were unable to eliminate the protesters, prompting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to invoke the country’s Emergency Measures Act on Monday – a first in the world. history of Canada. While the PM said he would not unleash the army on the protesters, he deemed the demonstration a “illegal blockade” It is “disrupting the lives of too many Canadians”, suggesting that tougher measures would be used to end the week-long action.
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