The streets of several european capital cities were heaving with scores of thousands of protestors, angry about the global economic crisis, and urging world leaders to take decisive action at next week’s G20 summit in London. An estimated 35,000 trade-unionists, environmentalists and political activists marched in the city. Their main message – make the world economy fairer for everyone.
Lucy Aitken-Read from the charity Oxfam said: “There will be a lot of pressure on them (G20 leaders) to just try and get things back to the way they used to be, but that’s just not good enough. There’s a real chance here for them to create something new, to create a global green stimulus and I think it’s really a viable option for them.”
In Paris protestors demonstrated under the slogan: “We will not pay for their crisis.” One group mocked the financiers who have been given massive bonuses despite overseeing a collapse in world banking, by pretending to be on holiday and throwing fake money around.
In Germany about 15,000 marched in the financial capital Frankfurt, with a similar number on the streets in Berlin. They carried a coffin with placards reading: “Capitalism, your time has come.”
Among the general peaceful protests, some protestors clad in black set off fireworks and threw rocks and bottles at police sparking scuffles and several arrests.
There were also demonstrations in Vienna and Rome.