Violent clashes erupted in Tel Aviv between supporters of the Eritrean government celebrating Eritrea Day and opponents of President Isaias Afwerki, leaving more than 100 people injured. Israeli police used stun grenades to disperse the confrontations, while some protesters threw stones at the police and set fire to trash bins. Videos on social media showed government supporters beating anti-government protesters with clubs. Medical officials reported treating over 114 people for injuries, including about 30 police officers.
The violence erupted during an event organized by the Eritrean Embassy to commemorate Revolution Day on September 1, which marks the beginning of the Eritrean War of Independence against Ethiopia in 1961.
Isaias Afwerki has been in power since Eritrea gained independence in 1993, and his government has faced condemnation from human rights groups for its repressive practices. The country is also subject to sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union due to alleged human rights abuses.
Protesters in Tel Aviv expressed their opposition to the celebration of the Eritrean leader and questioned why the Israeli authorities granted a permit for the event. Many Eritrean asylum-seekers currently reside in Israel, and they fear persecution if they are forced to return to Eritrea, where exit permits are required for citizens, and military conscription is mandatory.
The clashes led to a significant police presence in the Tel Aviv area as law enforcement continued to address the situation, according to a statement from Israeli police.
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