Guillotine display stuns Rothschild’s ‘tent city’…(I Want One!!)

Saturday, August 13, 2011
By Paul Martin

French Revolution symbol becomes main attraction at Tel Aviv’s protest center, as rallies continue to spread across country. Protest leaders say Beersheba to hold next mass rally

A guillotine, the symbol of the French Revolution, has been placed Wednesday in the center of Tel Aviv’s “tent city,” turning into one of the biggest attractions in this ongoing social protest.

The surprising display arrived in Rothschild Boulevard following another long night of protests across the country, this time focusing on contractor conditions. Demonstrators in five different cities participated in rallies Wednesday night against working conditions, wearing white masks and chanting: “Contractor companies are organized crime.”

In Beersheba protesters organized a ‘bathing suit march’ to exemplify how the social protest “has taken off.” In Bat Yam hundreds of residents marched to protest against the high costs of living and housing shortage, clashing with the police’s Special Patrol Unit.

Holon protesters intensified the upheaval by burning tires and furniture, demonstrating against the city council’s attempt to vacate the premises. Meanwhile, haredi and secular protestors rallied side by side in Jerusalem against the shaky public transportation in the city.

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz re-visited Tel Aviv’s “tent city” on Thursday to present the new public transportation plan before protesters, after the recent reform was harshly criticized.

“I think the message is that eventually nothing can be solved without dialogue. I am here as a government minister and member of the socioeconomic cabinet, which is supposed to stand guard,” Katz said.

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