After a small but loud demonstration on Thursday night in front of Minister of Treasury home, there were several simultaneous demonstrations in Tel Aviv tonight. A small demonstration took place in front of the home of Minister of Natural Resources (against privatization of gas, other resources to tycoons), an unplanned sit-in blocked one of the main traffic entrances to Tel Aviv (some arrests were made).
The main demonstration marched along some 2 miles in the center of Tel Aviv, main avenues were closed to traffic. The most commonly heard chant was "gov, corporations - crime organization".
* soccer tune, "oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh - what a corrupt government",
* famous Reb Nahman hassidic song, " the main thing is not to be afraid at all..."
* vendetta masked Anonymous members were marching near police, one carrying a large Anonymous flag...
* video taping police from a few feet away is no problem in Israel...
The mood was friendly and jubilant, non violent. Police were courteous, in regular uniform, no riot police gear, a couple of helicopters in the air.
Media reported "thousand" (Haaretz), "12 thousands" (Ynet). In my estimate the crowd was 100,000-200,000 (total pop ~7m). I could never see the entire mass of protesters. Last week's celebration of the Tel Aviv team winning championship was reported as 100,000. This was definitely a larger crowd.
And were are the people of the US, where the situation is by far more dire? Watching TV? Playing online? Scared shitless by deadly violent, oppressive law enforcement!