Hundreds rally in Yellow Vest protest in Tel Aviv; 10 arrested
Hundreds of demonstrators wearing fluorescent safety vests came out in Tel Aviv on Friday to protest Israel's high cost of living, borrowing from the Yellow Vest movement that has shaken France, Trend reports citing Haaretz.
In Tel Aviv, the demonstrators blocked the Azrieli intersection in the city center; 10 were arrested on allegations of disorderly conduct during clashes with the police.
"Next week there will be 10,000 people here," said one of the organizers, David Mizrahi, as he was arrested.
The organizers added: "We are taking to the streets to stop price increases, to strip the monopolies of their power, and to lower the cost of living that weighs on all Israelis. This is the heart of the struggle."
The protests are focusing on recently announced price hikes. The Israel Electric Corporation is putting up rates by between 6.9 percent and 8.1 percent, and the Water Authority is increasing prices by 4.5 percent in January. Several food manufacturers have also announced price hikes.
Food maker Osem said this week that it would increase prices by 2 percent to 4.5 percent at the start of the year, while rival Tnuva is opting for 2 percent to 3 percent. Also, bakeries have asked that the retail cost of price-controlled bread be allowed to rise 3.4 percent.