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African Illegal Immigrants Protest in Tel Aviv

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Ynet – African asylum seekers in Israel took the streets of Tel Aviv for the second consecutive day Monday, while Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar lashed out the eateries who are their main source of employment, telling Ynet that restaurant and cafe owners will not dictate government policy.

Some 3,500 asylum seekers set out Monday morning from Levinsky Park in south Tel Aviv, where many live. Some 2,000 were heading for the US Embassy, and the rest planned to demonstrate in front of several other embassies, including those of Romania, Sweden, Italy, Canada, England and France, as well as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).  The protesters aimed to ask the foreign embassies for help in dealing with what they call “the firm hand of the Israeli government.”

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