Israeli anti-privatisation movement continues

This video is about Israel's 'tent city' movement.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Privatisation drives Israelis onto streets

Friday 05 August 2011

Thousands of people took to the streets of towns across Israel on Thursday night to express their anger at the government‘s privatisation drive and its failure to build affordable public housing.

A thousand people rallied in central Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, while smaller numbers turned out in Kiryat Shmona and Beersheeba.

… demonstrators marched down Rothschild Boulevard chanting: “The people demand public housing,” and “What’s the answer to privatisation? Revolution.”

Organisers said that they are gearing up for mass demonstrations this weekend.

They hope rallies in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem tonight will be the biggest show of force so far in their effort to press the government to suspend the privatisation of state firms, improve enforcement of labour laws and increase taxes on the rich.

Activists are also urging the government to allocate substantial budgets for public housing projects and enforce rent controls.

Rallies last Saturday drew about 150,000 people.

Millions of Egyptians watched their former dictator, Hosni Mubarak, in a court cage last week. Many of us were speechless: here.

5 thoughts on “Israeli anti-privatisation movement continues

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    To offer plans to the Palestinians –
    But has no intention
    To end the occupation.

    Netanyahu is sending Peres
    To offer support to the protesters –
    But has no intention
    Of providing affordable housing.

    Why does Peres agree
    To serve as a fig leaf
    For Netanyahus’s nakedness?

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