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Israelis in Cyprus protest during Netanyahu visit

Protesters express concerns over home country's judicial reform


Israeli Protesters Voice Concerns During Cyprus Visit by Prime Minister Netanyahu

Israelis in Cyprus organized a protest rally on Monday morning as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived at the Presidential Palace for the Cyprus-Greece-Israel Trilateral Summit. The demonstrators, spanning various age groups, expressed their opposition to judicial reform initiatives in Israel, mirroring mass protests taking place within their home country.

The protest unfolded near the Presidential Palace shortly after 9:00 a.m., coinciding with Prime Minister Netanyahu's anticipated arrival at 10:00 a.m. Demonstrators displayed Israeli flags and placards, chanting slogans such as "shame," "no to dictatorship," "democracy will win, Netanyahu in jail," and "save Israel's democracy." According to some participants interviewed by CYPE, they were Israeli citizens who had come from different cities in Cyprus to voice their concerns throughout the Trilateral Summit.

Their primary grievance centered on judicial reform efforts progressing in Israel while Benjamin Netanyahu faced an ongoing corruption trial with multiple charges. They argued that their opposition to judicial reform stemmed from concerns over a conflict of interest due to the ongoing legal proceedings against the Prime Minister.

The protest reached its climax as the procession accompanying Prime Minister Netanyahu arrived at the Presidential Palace around 10:30 a.m. Demonstrators maintained a peaceful stance, with a significant police presence on the scene to ensure order and security.

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