Israel: Large protest in Tel Aviv targets Netanyahu over COVID-19 economic relief

Israel: Large protest in Tel Aviv targets Netanyahu over COVID-19 economic relief

Thousands of Israelis demonstrated in downtown Tel Aviv on Saturday, protesting over what is widely seen as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's failure to address economic woes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, Euronews reports.

Many people wore masks, but did not appear to be following social distancing rules.

With economic stress deepening in recent weeks, many Israelis think the government has not done enough to compensate hundreds of thousands of workers who lost their jobs as a result of restrictions and shutdowns.

Unemployment has surged over 20%, and the economic woes have sent once high approval ratings for Netanyahu's handling of the virus plummeting.

The protest in central Tel Aviv's Rabin Square brought together the unemployed, self-employed, entrepreneurs and business owners.

"We are not working already nearly five months and unfortunately most of us have not received any compensation from the Israeli government and this is really a tragedy", said Daniel Tieder, a protester.

"How you can feed your family and pay your employees etc. after five months with zero income?", he added.

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