December 15, 2018
Yellow Vest’ protests erupt in Tel Aviv.
Ten people were arrested in Tel Aviv for taking part in “Yellow Vest”-inspired demonstrations after the French protest movement spread to the Netherlands and Belgium.
Hundreds of demonstrators blocked roads in central Tel Aviv for several hours on Friday afternoon in protest of a series of price increases, in the first Israeli installment of the “yellow vest” protest that has rocked France for the past few weeks.
Hoping to replicate the French success and to mobilize the masses in similar fashion to the 2011 social protests, some 600 protesters blocked the Azrieli junction and several adjacent roads while dressed in the signature yellow vests, accusing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government of “robbing” the people.
Israel has recently seen a wave of price hikes in electricity, water, gas and cellphone bills, as well as food, drinks, insurance and property tax, with an increasing number of companies raising their prices.