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Hundreds protest cost of living in Tel Aviv
Demonstrators protesting petrol prices block main road, hold signs reading, 'Land of milk and taxes'
Hundreds of people took part Friday in a Tel Aviv protest against the cost of living in Israel. The demonstrators, protesting recent price hikes and especially the price of petrol, blocked a road on the corner of King Saul and Ibn Gvirol streets.

 

The protestors waved flags of Israel and held signs reading, "Land of milk and taxes" and "It's time to close the gaps". They chanted, "The people demand social justice".

 

 

Ze'ev Grawer, who initiated the petrol protest, told Ynet at the start of the march: "The people must unite so that we can make it clear to the Israeli government that it must give us economic freedom, affordable petrol, affordable housing and an affordable life."

 

He added that if the government failed to meet the protestors' demands, they would block roads all over the country on August 1.

 

Yossi Yaakobi, who owns a bus company, says he can' barely make ends meet. "We can't go on like this. The diesel oil killed us, we can't pay salaries. The moment the price of diesel oil rises, the price of transportation goes up. If petrol becomes more expensive, I'll have to shut down my business."

 

He added that bus and truck driver will start blocking roads as of next week, as they can no longer remain silent in light of the situation.

 

Moshe Shaham, 52, a disabled man from Beersheba, said he arrived to express his solidarity with the petrol protest. "Disabled people who have a car of their own have to pay a fortune for it, which their allowance does not cover.

 

"They spend at least NIS 1,200 ($350) a month on fuel. I, as an individaul without a car, get NIS 2,400 ($700) and can't make ends meet," he said.

 

 

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