Hundreds of protesters have marched in Davos to give the thumbs-down to leaders at the World Economic Forum.
While anti-globalisation rallies are nothing new outside such summits, the present economic climate has provided demonstrators with plenty of verbal ammunition. A member of the Davos Green Party told reporters: “It is the same people who came last year and said the world economic situation is fine, and now we are in a financial crisis. Now it is the taxpayer who has to solve the whole problem. It is people like you and me who have to pay for it with their tax money.” A more heated rally took place in Geneva, where the WEF has its headquarters. Police resorted to tear gas to disperse crowds, although no injuries or arrests were reported.