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Tens of thousands of Israelis gathered in central Tel Aviv on Saturday night to protest plans by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new government to implement changes to the country’s legal system and weaken the Supreme Court – a move that critics say it will destroy the country’s democracy.

The protest was an early challenge to Netanyahu and his ultranationalist national security minister, Itamar Ben-Gvir, in office for just over two weeks.

Israeli media, citing police, said the crowd at Tel Aviv’s Habima Square swelled to at least 80,000 people, despite cool, wet weather. Protesters, many covered with umbrellas, held Israeli flags and signs saying “Criminal Government”, “End of Democracy” and other slogans.

No riots were reported, although Israeli media reported that a small crowd clashed with police as they tried to block a Tel Aviv highway.

Netanyahu, who is on trial for corruption charges, has made proposed changes to the country’s legal system central to his agenda.

The changes could help Netanyahu, who is on trial for corruption, avoid conviction, or even make his trial disappear entirely. Since his indictment in 2019, Netanyahu has said the justice system is biased against him.

His government, which includes ultra-right and far-right nationalist parties, has put forward a proposal to weaken the Supreme Court by giving parliament the power to overturn court decisions. overturned by a simple majority vote. He also wants to give parliament control over the appointment of judges and reduce the independence of legal advisers.

Justice minister Netanyahu says unelected judges have too much power.

But opponents say that the proposed changes will give independence to the judges and weaken Israeli democracy. Israeli opposition leaders, a former attorney general and the president of Israel’s Supreme Court have all spoken out against the plan.

The police announced their presence before the march. Israeli media quoted police as saying officers had been asked to be “very sensitive” and allow the protest to proceed peacefully but also vowed to respond harshly to vandalism or violent behavior.

Smaller protests were also held in the cities of Jerusalem and Haifa.

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