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‘Robin Hood’ invoked to fight banks – Colourful Berlin posters at Anti-capitalist Banks Demonstration – Saturday 22nd October 2011- by Emil Hoogensteyn

October 22nd, 2011
'Robin Hood' invoked to fight banks - Berlin poster 22nd October 2011

'Robin Hood' invoked to fight banks - Berlin poster 22nd October 2011

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.

Anti-Capitist Demo Berlin 22nd Oct. 2011

Anti-Capitist Demo Berlin 22nd Oct. 2011

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.

 

"Capitalism is a 'suicide-bomber'" poster at Berlin protest 22nd Oct/2011

"Capitalism is a 'suicide-bomber'" poster at Berlin protest 22nd Oct/2011

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

 

Berlin poster - Capitalist financiers - It is your crisis and your debts!

Berlin poster - Capitalist financiers - It is your crisis and your debts!

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.

a flag with Rosa Luxemburg

 

'We are part of the 99%' - placard in Berlin against Capitalism excesses

'We are part of the 99%' - placard in Berlin against Capitalism excesses

 

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.

 

 

Banken in die Schrank! - anti Bank poster at Berlin demo

Banken in die Schrank! - anti Bank poster at Berlin demo

 

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” !

Jean-Claude Trichet speaks in Berlin

Jean-Claude Trichet speaks in Berlin

 

Other OTA-Berlin Blog articles dealing with the present banking crisis and world financial meltdown and poeples protests against -

http://www.ota-berlin.de/blog/07/28/the-3-hated-american-horsemen-of-the-apocalypse-standard-poors-moodys-and-fitch-ratings-%e2%80%93-continue-to-cause-mischief-in-europe-commentary-by-emil-hoogensteyn/

and

http://www.ota-berlin.de/blog/10/13/no-to-quantitative-easing-no-to-privatizing-of-profits-and-the-socializing-of-losses-says-german-minister-of-finance-wolfgang-schauble-by-ota-berlin-constituency-blog-contributor-mr-w-van/

and

http://www.ota-berlin.de/blog/10/06/got-to-save-the-banks-blame-it-on-those-lazy-greeks-berlin-funny-fotos-pull-up-those-piigs-poster-in-berlin/

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