Israeli police have clashed with protesters amid huge demonstrations against the government’s controversial judicial reform plans.
Police used water cannon to clear a major highway, and 71 people have been arrested across the country.
It comes after a bill to remove the power of the Supreme Court to review ministers’ decisions passed its first reading in parliament on Monday night.
The reforms have polarised the country, sparking months of mass demonstrations.
The bill is part of a package of reforms aimed at scaling back the power of the judiciary that have been proposed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, which is the most right-wing in Israel’s history.
It argues that the courts exercise too much political interference, overriding the will of the electorate.
Critics of the reforms say the government’s plans are too extensive and are a grave threat to the country’s democratic system.
Protest leaders had called for a Day of Resistance on Tuesday in the event that the bill brought on Monday night passed the first of three readings required before it can become law.
In dramatic scenes inside the parliament building in Jerusalem just before MPs voted on the bill, protesters tried to glue themselves to the floor by the entrance to the chamber before they were dragged away by guards.
The demonstrations began early on Tuesday morning, as protesters waving Israeli flags, banging drums, carrying flares and chanting slogans blocked roads across the country, causing snarl-ups during rush hour. (BBC)