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Thousands gather in TA to jumpstart social justice movement (JERUSALEM POST) By BEN HARTMAN, JPOST.COM STAFF 05/12/12) Source: http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=269653
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Several demonstrations were scheduled to take place in Tel Aviv and in cities across the country on Saturday evening in an attempt to renew last summer´s social justice movement.
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"Nearly a year has passed. They say that nothing has changed. That is a lie. The government and the tycoons are continuing to pressure and strengthen their hold. They are putting together coalitions that disconnected from the people a long time ago," protest organizers wrote in a statement.
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The statement called on people "from Eilat to Kiryat Shmona" to hit the streets and "take back the public sphere which belongs to the people."
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The main rally was scheduled to take place at Tel Aviv´s Rabin Square. Additional protests were scheduled for Gan Hasus in Jerusalem, as well as Haifa, Kiryat Shmona, Nahariya, Pardes Hanna and Eilat.
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Small marches from various Tel Aviv neighborhoods began on Saturday evening. The small groups of marchers planned to meet up at Rabin Square for the main rally.
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Last summer, social justice protesters, demonstrating against the high cost of living and rising gaps between rich and poor, dominated the headlines for more than two months. Protesters set up several tent encampments across the country, beginning with the central Tent City on Tel Aviv´s Rothschild Blvd.
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Several large marches took place in Tel Aviv and in other cities across the country with an estimated 400,000 protesters hitting the streets during the "March of the Million," seen as the climax of the movement in September 2011.
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The movement led Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to form the Trajtenberg Committee for social change which issued several recommendations to the government on taxation, housing and education meant to address the protesters concerns. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 05/12/12)
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