Israeli Cabbies Protest High Diesel Costs

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TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Hundreds of Israeli taxi drivers blocked a main road in Tel Aviv Thursday to protest the high price of diesel fuel, observers said.

The protest over diesel prices was one of several rallies over economic and social issues called across the country, Haaretz reported.

Taxi drivers blocked a key road in Tel Aviv before driving slowly to a rally Thursday morning to protest the government’s decision to suspend the tax imposed on fuel prices, excluding taxes on diesel oil, Ynetnews reported.

“We refuse to be considered second-class citizens,” Tehuda Bar-Or, chairman of the Taxi Drivers’ Organization, told Ynetnews. “The prime minister has to understand diesel is petrol, too. He’s discriminating against the people driving diesel vehicles, and especially against taxi drivers.”

Other protests were called over housing, child-rearing costs and the country’s educational system, Haaretz said.

So-called “stroller marches” were called in 11 locations throughout Israel to protest the high cost of raising children in the country. Teachers called for a march to the home of Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar to rally against various policies the Education Ministry enacted under his leadership.

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