Citizens to protest VAT increase in seven cities

May 31, 2013 13:05


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Thousands have confirmed on Facebook their participation in demonstrations over a 1-percentage point VAT increase scheduled for Saturday night.

Protesters will call on Finance Minister Yair Lapid to freeze the VAT increase to 18%.

"We can't survive more taxes," said Ilanit Hafuta who runs an Or Akiva soup kitchen. "Israel is returning to the Dark Age, we turned into slaves that fund the rich of the Kingdom and we are tired of it," she added.

"I don't have anymore money. My money has been eaten away and stolen by lazy leaders that are doing a reckless and uneconomic act that is going to hurt myself and people like me gravely," said Avihai Osdon from Kiryat Gat, who works at welfare and social services in the city.

The protests will take place in seven cities across the country including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa and Rishon LeZion.

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