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Protestors march to Bibi's home Photo: Omri Efraim
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Housing protestors march to Bibi's home

Protestors say Netanyahu's Jerusalem's apartment unused, seek to 'put it up for sale'

Omri Efraim
Published: 07.27.11, 19:54 / Israel News

Some 150 university students and social activists marched to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's private residence in downtown Jerusalem Wednesday evening to protest Israel's dire housing situation.

 

The housing protestors said that the apartment is not being used by the PM, who has two other residences, and therefore they intend to "put it up for sale."

 

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During their march, the demonstrators chanted various slogans, including "the answer to privatization is revolution" and "the people demand social justice." The protestors also urged coffee shop goers to join them, prompting several to join the march.

 

Along the route, the protestors disrupted traffic on several occasions and for a few minutes blocked the road leading to the prime minister's official residence. Police forces set up roadblocks in the area in order to prevent the activists from approaching the site.

 

Later, the protestors passed by an apartment building which they said is empty because apartment owners reside overseas. The marchers were accompanied by police during their walk.

 

Earlier Wednesday, housing protestors received support from the head of the Histadrut labor union federation, Ofer Eini. Protest leaders characterized the meeting as "very emotional." Eini announced that the Histadrut will be joining the struggle using "all means available." The protestors and Eini agreed to maintain full coordination in their messages and actions.

 

Naama Friedman and Atilla Somfalvi contributed to the story

 

 

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