"מחאת הבסטיליה": מאות מפגינים בירושלים הדגלים השחורים

Hundreds of Leftist protesters tonight demonstrated near the Prime Minister's House in Jerusalem, in a protest known as the "Bastille Protest," as today is the day France celebrates "Bastille Day".

Police said that following the demonstration, Ben Maimon Street in Jerusalem up to, but not including, Paris Square was blocked to traffic.

The organizers behind the "black flags" demonstration said: "The accused Prime Minister has no time to deal with the most severe economic crisis of our generation."

"Hundreds of thousands of self-employed are collapsing under the dysfunction of the Netanyahu government, a government that's busy from morning to evening with the trial of defendant Netanyahu," they claimed.

According to them, "if he's still responsible towards the citizens of the State - he must resign and give the reins to those who have time for state affairs."

Bastille Day is the common name given in English-speaking countries to the national day of France, which is celebrated on July 14th each year. In French, it is formally called Fête nationale; "National Celebration".

The French National Day is the anniversary of Storming of the Bastille on July 14th, 1789, a turning point in the French Revolution.

Historians, howver, have noted that the "Storming of the Bastille" is a myth. Eugene H. Methvin writes in The Rise of Radicalism: "Robespierre had been in Paris barely two months when Parisians, frightened by rumors that the king planned to abolish the National Assembly, rioted and attempted to storm the Bastille - an ancient prison fortress that symbolized the hated old regime."

"The king failed to send rescue forces and the commander, de Launay, opened the gates in return for a promise of safe conduct."

עימות: הדגלים הכחולים מול השחורים מטה 'ימניים'