Hundreds bring back social protest to Jerusalem (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Omri Efraim Published: 05.05.12, 23:31)
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More than 700 people participate in May Day march in demand of social
More than 700 people, including students, youth movement members and
leftists, attended a march in Jerusalem as part of May Day events.
Marching under the banner, "Workers not Slaves" the protesters
carried signs that read "An entire generation demands a future"
and "The people demand social justice."
Ziv Rosenberg, one of the organizers of the event, told Ynet this was
the first step in resuming last summer´s social protest. "We are here
to say that any party that seeks election must provide solutions to
the social demands raised in the past year."
"This is a protest of the social-economic Left," said activist Martin
Weiler. "This is a cross-partisan social-democratic statement. Our
aim is to remind the public that the Israeli worker´s dire situation
is not the wish of a higher force but the result of a deliberate
economic policy by the current government. We demand that the
political system work to change the socio-economic system."
Itay Gottler, chairman of the Hebrew University Student Union
said, "Our message is that any government that is formed must bring
about a change."
Among the speakers in the rally were former Black Panthers leader
Reuven Abarjel and Ethiopian activist Yahoo Tganiya. The protest was
also attended by two haredi members of the Equality Now movement.
"The haredim suffer from the same hardships as the seculars:
inequality, major gaps and a socio-economic policy that must change,"
he said. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 05/05/12)
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