A week after social justice demonstrations turned violent, with activists and police trading blame for instigating clashes, protesters hit the streets again on Saturday evening for a demonstration march in central Tel Aviv.
Some 8,000 people arrived at the Tel Aviv Museum complex on Saturday night as part of the march which began at Habima Square.
Several hundred protesters broke off from the main march and continued to Namir Road, where they blocked traffic.
said in a statement that they planned to unveil a social contract
signed by 20 social organizations, laying out concrete demands to the
government ahead of the upcoming passage of the budget.
year has passed since we first went out in the streets with very clear
demands of the government of Israel," the Forum for Social Justice said
in a statement. "The attempts by the government to say that they don't
understand demonstrates a lack of receptiveness and closed eyes. Today
we say to the government of Israel, 'Open your eyes, we are asking that
you increase the investment in your citizens. We are those that hold up
the State of Israel on our shoulders. The money you will distribute in
the upcoming budget is not yours, it belongs to the citizens. You have
only been tasked with fairly distributing it.'"
emphasized that Saturday's protest march was approved and coordinated
with police. Several central Tel Aviv streets were closed as a result of
the demonstration, including Marmorek Street and large sections of Ibn
Last Saturday night
protesters held a march against police brutality, during which they
blocked off the Ayalon freeway and vandalized three banks. Police
arrested 89 people during the protest and were criticized afterwards for
what many called an overly forceful response to the march.
Several hundred social justice protesters took part in a demonstration march in Jerusalem on Saturday evening.
The procession began at Paris Square and ended at Gan Hasus. The marchers were accompanied by police forces.
The marchers attempted to go onto the tracks of the Jerusalem Light Rail on a number of occasions but were cleared off by police.
Ben Hartman contributed to this report.