Hundreds of Berliners again took to the streets this Saturday to demonstrate against the present financial system in which banks are attempting to force governments to make taxpayers pay for their mismanagement, profligate casino type hedge fund betting and unfettered greed.
This was the 2nd Saturday in a row that demonstrators marched to this theme – last weekend, around 10,000 people took part in a similar demonstration.
These demonstrations have arisen as a protest against the capitalist banking system generally in Europe – where taxpayers are more or less being forced to pay for the avarice, mismanagement and the miserly and mindless desire to obtain more power and wealth -which is using Greece and the Greek people as a scape-goat and whipping boy for problems they themselves are entirely responsible for. And by this I mean to include the Greek banks who must bear a great deal of the blame for the present economic crisis in that country.
These protests have also been inspired by the concomitant “Occupy Wall Street” movement in North America and worldwide.
This ‘make the rich pay’ message has been echoed by protesters all over the world.
The protest was organized by a lose amalgamation of organizations including ‘Attac’ which calls itself ‘an international movement working towards social, environmental and democratic alternatives in the globalization process’ – http://www.attac.org/en
The march from the Rotes Rathaus or Berlin City Hall to the Brandenburg Tor, where about 400 protesters showed up with a variety of ingenious, colorful and original placards including flags with the picture of the revolutionary German Communist Rosa Luxemburg.
In Frankfurt – the banking centre of Germany and the head of the ECB – the European Central Bank – demonstrators marched from Rathenauplatz square in the city centre to front of the building housing the ECB.
Oddly, and yet fittingly and perhaps typically Berlin………..the demonstration passed by this poster on the Unter den Linden Humbolt University building with an invitation for an upcoming speech on Monday by the out-going ECB chief Jean-Claude Trichet on the topic ” The Future of Europe” !
Other OTA-Berlin Blog articles dealing with the present banking crisis and world financial meltdown and poeples protests against –
‘Robin Hood’ invoked to fight banks – Colourful Berlin posters at Anti-capitalist Banks Demonstration – Saturday 22nd October 2011- by Emil Hoogensteyn from OTA Berlin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Germany License. If you use this article or parts of it, please refer to http://www.ota-berlin.de.
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