Hundreds of thousands of Israelis took to the streets of Tel Aviv on Saturday night in what appeared to be the largest social protest in Israel’s history. The protesters, calling their latest action the “March of the Million”, demanded government action to curb the growing cost of living in the country.
“The state has money that goes to the wrong places, there is no equality. The money doesn't come back to the people,” said Shmuel Lim, a protestor in Tel Aviv [CNN, 4 September].
“It is like a tsunami wave, we are just in the middle of the tsunami in this protest, the wave is swiping us and we are in the middle of it,” Shai Sade of Tel Aviv told CNN.
Saturday’s protest was the culmination of a six-week-long social protest movement that began with a small group of activists pitching tents in an exclusive neighborhood of Tel Aviv to protest high rents.
Photo: Tel Aviv, Saturday 3 September 2011. CNN