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More than 250,000 demonstrate across Israel to protest high cost of living

Protesters chant 'The people demand social justice'; signs read 'Resign, Egypt is here'; 1,000 protesters block Shomrim junction in the north.

More than 250,000 people took part in demonstrations across Israel on Saturday night to protest the high cost of living.

The biggest demonstration took place in Tel Aviv where more than 200,000 marched from Habima Square, near the tent city on Rothschild Boulevard, to the Kirya defense compund on Kaplan Street.

Protesters chanted "The people demand social justice" and "An entire generation demands a future".
A number of signs that were hung on Kaplan Street read "Resign, Egypt is here".

"Young people of Israel, our time has come," said National Student Union Chairman Itzik Shmuli at the Tel Aviv rally.

This marked the third consecutive week a rally has been held in Tel Aviv.

More than 20,000 people took part in the protest in Jerusalem. Demonstrators marched toward Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's residence.

Earlier on Saturday evening, around 1,000 protesters blocked the Shomrim Junction in the Jezreel Valley. The rally was held under the slogan, "The northern periphery is awakening".

Police closed Kaplan Street in Tel Aviv off to traffic early on Saturday in anticipation of the rally, and will only reopen the main avenue at 4:00 A.M. on Sunday. Parts of Ibn Gvirol, Marmorek, Ben Zion Boulevard, Dizengoff and Rothschild will be blocked as well, and traffic will resume at midnight.


I was at the Jerusalem protest, it was so fun.
Tags: economy, housing, israel, middle east
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