Lieberman alleges social protesters are 'paid to shout'

Foreign minister tells Sderot mayor that he's proposing free day care to toddlers of low-income families, taxes on empty apartments.

August 17, 2011 17:30
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Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman 311. (photo credit: Baz Ratner/Reuters)

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday met with the Sderot Mayor David Buskila and later commented on social justice protesters who were waiting for him outside the meeting.

Lieberman, who was heckled by protesters on social issues, said that there are forces behind the protesters and that without media attention, the protests would disappear.

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We politicians, the foreign minister told gathered reporters, "are the ones responsible for solutions. [The protesters] are just paid shouters."

Protesters responded, "Nobody is paying us, we're fighting for the basics."

The foreign minister said in his meeting with the Sderot mayor that he plans to introduce measures that would provide an extra three months' salary to soldiers being discharged from the IDF, levy a new tax on apartments that are left empty in order to put more housing units on the market, and propose free child care for toddlers in lower-income families.

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