Police fire stun grenades at Tel Aviv rally by Ethiopian Israelis
Police fired stun grenades to disperse a rally by Ethiopian Israelis demonstrating in central Tel Aviv on May 3 against alleged police brutality and widespread discrimination.
Some of the demonstrators hurled stones, bottles and chairs from nearby restaurants after attempting to storm the Tel Aviv municipality building.
Mounted police used riot stun grenades and water cannon as well as pepper spray to disperse the crowd and clear nearby streets, but an AFP correspondent said the protesters kept returning.
Police said 46 officers as well as at least seven demonstrators were wounded in the clashes, and 26 protestors were arrested.
Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch said dispersing the "riot" was difficult since it had no clear leadership.
"There is nobody to talk to," he told reporters.
May 3 protest came three days after a stormy demonstration in Jerusalem sparked by footage showing two policemen beating a uniformed Israeli soldier of Ethiopian origin.
Scores of other Israelis also joined May 3 rally, chanting and holding up signs reading: "A violent policeman must be put in prison" and "We demand equal rights".
As they marched through Tel Aviv, some held their arms up in the air with their wrists crossed as if handcuffed.
Demonstrators earlier blocked the Ayalon expressway during rush-hour, causing huge traffic jams on one of Israel's central highways before police forcefully evacuated them.
"Being black, I have to protest today," 34-year-old Eddie Maconen told AFP before the clashes outside the municipality.
"I never experienced police violence against me personally, but it is aimed at my community which I have to...