Saturday, October 15, 2011

Anti Wall Street protests go global

Anti Wall street protests go global as demonstrators worldwide shouted their rage on Saturday against bankers and politicians through out the world.

Influenced by the Occupy Wall Street movement, the protests began in New Zealand, rippled round the world to Europe and were expected to return to their starting point in New York. 

The biggest anticipated was in Rome where protesters, including the unemployed, students and pensioners, planned to march through the center, past the Colosseum and finish in Piazza San Giovanni. 


Hundreds of the students at Rome university warmed up with their own mini-demo on Saturday morning. 

The carried signs reading "Your Money is Our Money," and "Yes We Camp," an echo of the slogan "Yes We Can" used by U.S. President Barack Obama. 

The worldwide protests were a response in part to calls by the New York demonstrators for more people to join them. Their example has prompted calls for similar occupations in dozens of U.S. cities from Saturday. 

New Zealand and Australia got the ball rolling on Saturday. Several hundred people marched up the main street in Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city, joining a rally at which 3,000 chanted and banged drums, denouncing corporate greed. 


I think people want real democracy," said Nick Carson, a spokesman for OccupyMelbourne.Org, as about 1,000 gathered in the Australian city. 

In Tokyo, Hundreds marched, including anti-nuclear protesters.

In Manila, capital of the Philippines, protesters marched on the U.S. embassy waving banners reading: "Down with U.S. imperialism" and "Philippines not for sale." 

Hundreds of the people gathered at the Taipei stock exchange, chanting "we are Taiwan's 99 percent".

In London the Demonstrators aimed to converge under the banner "Occupy the Stock Exchange." 

In  Greek protesters called an anti-austerity rally for Saturday in Athens' Syntagma Square. 

In Paris protests were expected to coincide with the G20 finance chiefs' meeting there.

In Madrid, seven marches were planned to unite in Cibeles square at 1600 GMT (12 p.m. EDT) and then march to the central Puerta de Sol. 

In Germany, where sympathy for southern Europe's debt troubles is patchy, the financial center of Frankfurt and the European Central Bank in particular are expected to be a focus of marches called by the Real Democracy Now movement.

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