TEL AVIV (Apr. 5)
About 1,500 university students staged a rowdy demonstration outside the Prime Minister’s Office while the Cabinet was in session Sunday to protest the government’s failure to discuss their grievances over plans to raise tuition fees for higher education. The students, demanding the resignation of Finance Minister Moshe Nissim, sat in the roadway to prevent Ministers’ cars from leaving the main entrance. Twelve members of the Students Council were dragged bodily into police vans and taken to the police station.
More than 80,000 university students went on strike last Thursday to protest the tuition hikes. The strike will continue this week, but on a rotation basis. Each of the country’s universities will be struck on a different day. The Education Ministry warned that if the strike has not ended by the time school recesses for the Passover holidays, the rest of the spring semester might be cancelled.