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Massive global marches against the “financial elites and servant politicians”

Saturday, October 15th 2011 - 18:49 UTC
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Protests at financial mismanagement and government cutbacks have been held in hundreds of cities around the world. Clashes erupted at the biggest rally, in Rome, when riot police intervened after a small group of masked militants attacked property. Read full article


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  • briton

    Rome burns whilst Nero plays his music
    Or politicians play the corrupt game,
    Unrest in most European cities, where will it end,
    Or will it spread, who knows,
    One things for sure,
    The rich will get richer,
    And as usual shit on the poor .
    Just a thought .

    Oct 15th, 2011 - 07:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ed

    Corrupt western countries really do need to be purged with the methods are beyond these protests.

    Oct 16th, 2011 - 09:26 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Forgetit87

    It seems Italian protesters have even vandalized religious symbols.

    Oct 16th, 2011 - 01:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    (3) Forgetit 87

    Those pictures should be more than enough for our resident “vigilantes” as GeoffWard, ElaineB etc. to demand the immediate use of life ammunition, harsh repression and long jail sentences against those “99% mobs” that don't respect “democracy”...............

    Curiously, none of them has commented yet...............

    Maybe because it is so easy for those Ethnocentric Turnips to advice us, South-Americans, to shoot, repress and incarcerate our young demonstrators.
    But they don't want the same at home....Ohhhh no……
    It could be, their kids got hurt…. or their friend’s kids….. or their neighbor’s kids........

    Oct 16th, 2011 - 01:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Rhaurie-Craughwell

    Or possibly because the so called self-appointed 99% (I didn't vote for them) are a smattering of career communists, socialists, rabble rousers and university students looking for something fun to do between lectures.

    Number crunching:
    Number of people protesting in London (outside St Pauls Cathedral WTF?!?!) 3,000-10,000

    Number of people watching Wales in the Semi-finals at the Millennium Stadium 50,000-60,000.

    These “protests” (although to protest one must have clear goals and demands, something distinctly lacking among the Oxbridge privileged protesters) are not even a distraction, since unlike the lunatics during the summer, they are not engaging in wholesale vandalism, violence and burglary on a epic scale for the sheer hell of it, they are little more than bored students and aged socialists looking for something fun to do, they therefore do not need to have live ammunition which sadly should have been used on the rampant yobbery we saw in the Summer, but anyway, don't see what your complaining about Think, you Latin Americans have re-written the book on excessive riot control for minor incidents several times over :)

    Number crunching 2

    Number of people arrested during English mass vandalism/Burglary/Violence -

    Number of people killed in Lima in 1964 during a football riot - 300

    Facts speak for themselves dear Think, Latin America is a rather over excitable continent.....

    Oct 16th, 2011 - 02:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    (5) The abyssal Turnipidity of this Sassenach poster never ceases to amaze me…….

    He comes now with following, matchless, example:

    ”Number of people killed in Lima in 1964 during a football riot – 300
    Facts speak for themselves dear Think, Latin America is a rather over excitable continent.....”

    Well………................ Just 19 years before that Peruvian episode he mentions, another litttle episode was unfolding in Europe…
    A War between white cousins that costed the net sum of 45,000,000 lives

    Please … tell me again… Who’s a rather over excitable Continent???

    Oct 16th, 2011 - 03:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • zethe

    You're comparing the largest war in history to a riot...

    Someones really grasping as straws now.

    Oct 16th, 2011 - 04:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    Douglas Hague said today that he sympathises with the demonstrators,
    But demonstration will solve nothing,
    Now this may or may not be correct, but im sure that it would feel more comforting, than what the governments are doing to control the banks, and corruption of the powerful,

    The government had a chance to control the banks, and after it was watered down considerably , it has done nothing,, and the debt is still growing,
    So from the demonstrators point of view, they may not achieve better,
    But cannot do ant worse.
    Just a thought.

    Oct 16th, 2011 - 06:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Beef

    No need to get excited. This will all blow over as it has done on all previous occasions.

    If people wish to protest disrupt the Financial services industry then they will have to blaim themselves when they ruin their pension assets.

    Oct 16th, 2011 - 06:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Forgetit87


    ”Or possibly because the so called self-appointed 99% (I didn't vote for them) are a smattering of career communists, socialists, rabble rousers and university students looking for something fun to do between lectures”

    What a base take on those events. Is it really that surprising that people are rioting? Unemployment, declining living standards, stagnant or negative income growth, rising inequality, slashing public services, political connivance towards the financial elites: there are many reasons for people to revolt now. You don't need to resort to conspiracy theories to understand what's happening. Know this, Mr./Mrs./Ms. Craughwell: there have always been such revolts - they precede any understanding of socialism as a coherent political and economic doctrine. The Ancient Greeks, for example, documented how rising poverty and inequality generates social unrest and instills revolutionary ideas in the minds of the peoples. That this sort of rebellion is so old proves they aren't about brainshwashing or following trendy political groups. They're about human nature. We're all, as humans, as animals, impelled to seek our survival and prosperity. And when the conditions that guarentee the fulfillment of those needs deteriorate, what happens is that which you're seeing in the US, in Europe, in the Arab world, in Chile, in Israel and that you'll soon enough see in the rest of the world.

    Oct 16th, 2011 - 06:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Forgetit86

    “Number of people killed in Lima in 1964 during a football riot”

    Funny. In Latin America the impression we have is that it is European soccer fans who are overly excitable and willing to turn aggressive. At least here in Brazil we don't have the kind of hooliganism we're told happens in Europe, specially in the UK.

    I've always had the impressions that we don't do that because we don't have to. We already know, either by first hand experience or by what we're told about by friends, relatives, acquaintaces, colleagues, what social violence feels and looks like. Thus we have no need to flirt with violence in bars or sports stadiums. It is mainly Northern European men - who lead safe and boring lives - who have this childish fascination with macho, gratuitous violence. The human instinct to act out violently expresses itself, among European men, in the pathetic avatar of hooliganism, because actual, serious violence is something they haven't experienced.

    This is what “Fight Club” is about. Men who pretend being macho because they're bored with themselves and their pampered lives.

    Oct 16th, 2011 - 06:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Fido Dido

    Imagine how scary those banksters and crooked politicians would get if those rioters would dump their worthless Euro's and dollar and buy gold and silver coins. The more money the ECB, Bank of England and Federal Reserve print, keep interest rate close to zero, the worse it gets for the people and the more the banksters can steal. But I can read here, and that doesn't suprise me at all, with the typical “oh that doesn't happen here” from Europeans, that it's alright, those people complain for nothing, lousy communists.

    Oct 16th, 2011 - 07:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DouglasBlammo

    No blood, no better.

    Oct 17th, 2011 - 08:39 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    So I guess these global financial elites will need to defend themselves from the 99%.

    These 'elites' should build castles with drawbridges. And hire private armies and political leaders to explain to the 99% why they need to rob the poor and give to the rich.
    But I guess they do most of these things already, so just watch out for the building of castles.

    Oct 17th, 2011 - 06:57 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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