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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-19-12 04:36 PM
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"Meanwhile: 20,000 March at Frankfurt, Germany/ Occupy (BLOCKUPY) Protest Rally"
Edited on Sat May-19-12 04:49 PM by KoKo
(Both Al Jazeera, Russia Today and BBC showed Video of the Streets FILLED! So, this is huge. I wonder if CNBC or MSNBC ever showed this today? I don't watch them.) :shrug:

20,000 march at Frankfurt Occupy protest rally
JUERGEN BAETZ, Associated Press
Updated 07:59 a.m., Saturday, May 19, 2012

BERLIN (AP) At least 20,000 people held a major rally of the local Occupy movement in Frankfurt on Saturday to decry austerity measures affecting much of Europe, the dominance of banks, and what they call untamed capitalism.

The protesters peacefully filled the city center of continental Europe's biggest financial hub on a warm and pleasant afternoon, said Frankfurt police spokesman Ruediger Regis. He said 20,000 people were there, while organizers put the number at 25,000.

The protest group, named Blockupy, has called for blocking access to the European Central Bank, which is located in Frankfurt's business district.

Organizer spokesman Roland Seuss the protest is "against the Europe-wide austerity dictate by the (creditor) troika of ECB, the EU Commission and the International Monetary Fund."

Last year, thousands in Germany took to the streets in rallies during the worldwide Occupy movement. But as Germany's economy is robust and unemployment at a record-low, those protests have mostly fizzled out.

But Europe's lingering debt crisis has given new fuel to some demonstrations.

Germany, Europe's biggest economy, suffers none of the austerity measures now heavily affecting southern European nations such as Greece, Portugal and Spain. But Germany has championed the sometimes harsh spending cuts across Europe to get deficits under control.

"International resistance against the austerity imposed by troika and governments," read one banner, followed by protesters waving Greek and Spanish flags. "Break the bank's power," read another banner


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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-20-12 08:22 AM
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1. U.S. media would barely cover that if it happened in the U.S., let alone in Europe.
OWS was about two weeks old before the U.S. media began covering it.

And, heaven knows, we have no need to know about what goes on Europe, us being so exceptional and all.
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