Social justice protest Tel Aviv 370.
(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
Thousands of demonstrators hit the streets of Tel Aviv on Saturday evening to mark the
two year anniversary of the large social justice protests that took place in
the city and across the country in 2011.
The demonstration began from Habima Square at 8 p.m. and proceeded to Kaplan Street where
an all night vigil was to be held until Sunday morning, the precise
anniversary of the 2011 protests.
As of ten o'clock on Saturday evening some three thousand people were taking part in the protest.
demonstration in the Hatikva neighborhood in Tel Aviv was set to take
place to remember Moshe Silman, the man who set himself on fire at a
protest last year, according to the report. Before lighting himself
ablaze, Silman said he received no rent assistance despite suffering a
stroke recently and no longer being able to work at all.
Street closures were expected in Tel Aviv on Saturday evening due to the protest.
justice movement leader Daphni Leef said on Saturday evening that the
public was collapsing under economic stress and that it could not be
predicted what outcome these pressures would have on society.
was speaking on a Channel 10 news show in advance of the
demonstrations. She called on the public to join the Tel Aviv protest.
Israel Police chief Insp.-Gen. Yochanan Danino said Saturday that it had been "a mistake" to arrest Leef in a highly publicized incident
during a demonstration on Tel Aviv's Rothschild Boulevard in July of last year.
of the arrest posted online showed Leef lying on her back on the
concrete as several police hold her down before dragging her to a van.
in a Channel 2 interview, Danino stated Saturday, "We secure hundreds
of events and allow everyone to protest with full freedom of expression
and in the end they take one arrest and use it to trample the entire
A central website of the social protest movement
j14 declared on Saturday that the struggle continued and that Israel was
"...light years away from the ideal utopian society that Herzl, the
state's visionary, wrote about in his treatise Alteneueland."