Hundreds of young parents were joined by housing protesters and doctors in a nationwide march for better living conditions on Thursday evening.
Some 400 parents, students and even lifeguards demanding better employment terms marched in the northern town of Kiryat Motzkin.
In Tel Aviv, tent dwellers protesting against the high costs of housing marched from the Ichilov Medical Center towards Kikar HaMedina, the city's most upscale shopping district. They were joined by medical interns demanding reforms to the healthcare system and by young parents - accompanied by their children - demonstrating againt the high prices of raising children. Some carried signs with the slogan "We don't have sushi in kindergarten" and chanted "Let's show Bibi who is pushing the stroller."
Kiryat Motzkin march (Photo: George Ginsberg)
Meanwhile, roughly 100 parents marched with strollers from the corner of Alleby and Begin streets towards the tent city set up in Levinsky Park. Similar stroller marches took place in Bat Yam and Rehovot, where 200 people turned up. Another such march is expected to take place in Eilat later Thursday.
Approximately 200 people gathered in Jerusalem's Independence Park for a "protest festival," which included performances, lectures, activities for kids and discussion groups.
In a similar event that took place in Beersheba, activists explained to the public the demands they intend to present to the government.
Earlier Thursday, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz arrived
at the Rothschild Boulevard tent city for the second time this week. Accompanied by a professional staff from his ministry, he intended to present the tent dwellers with his new plan to reform the country's public transportation system.
He was then forced to leave the premises, after tensions flared as displeased protesters shouted: "We demand answers" and "the people will not give up."
Roi Kais, Yoav Zitun, Yair Altman, Ahiya Raved, Yoav Malka, Ilana Curiel and Ahuva Mamos contributed to the report