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July 02, 2012

Protesters demand government reform

Protesters in Tel Aviv, Israel called for government to bridge social inequalities. (UPI/Debbie Hill)

TEL AVIV, Israel (UPI) -- Thousands of protesters marched in Tel Aviv, urging the Israeli government to increase social equality, officials said.

The Saturday night protest came a week after 89 people were arrested in clashes between police and protesters with both sides blaming each other for the violence. Protesters blocked traffic and smashed windows of several banks in Tel Aviv.

During the latest, peaceful protest, a "social justice treaty" was presented that stipulated demands for the next government budget and was signed by the Kibbutz Movement, Work and Study youth movement and the country's organization of trade unions the Histadrut, The Jerusalem Post and said.

Aside from demanding the government bridge social gaps, the treaty called on the government to increase public housing, invest in the public sector, health and education and develop the periphery, The Post said.

The daily said some of the protesters opposed treaty, saying the Histadrut and activists that signed it did not really support the social justice cause.

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