On 3 October 2020, thousands of anti-government protesters gathered in Tel Aviv and elsewhere across the country and staged demonstrations calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The nationwide protests have been ongoing for 15 consecutive weeks, defying a recent law banning protesters from gathering more than 1 km (0.5 mi) from their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While most of the gatherings were small and peaceful, at least 15 demonstrators were arrested following sporadic confrontations with riot police in Tel Aviv.