As more global support mobilises for Spain’s Indignado movement and Occupy Wall Street in the United States, it was Germany’s turn to show its anger about economic injustice.
Protesters gathered outside the European Central Bank building in Frankfurt, holding banners with slogans against tough austerity measures and corporate greed.
All over the world, ordinary people feel that they are bearing the brunt of the global economic crisis and suffering disproportionately. One protester said she felt it was time for change: “We always have to take the blame for what the financial markets are doing. It can’t continue.”
Another man at outside the ECB building said radical action was needed: “Now is the time for a revolution.”
“We are the 99 per cent and we’re here for our freedom. We can’t let ourselves be treated like slaves of the powerful any longer. We don’t want that anymore,” said a young protester in Frankfurt.
Since the Occupy Wall Street protests began last month, the organisers have been trying to spread the message that they are part of the 99 per cent of America’s population defending themselves against the wealthiest one per cent. Demonstrators near Brandenburg Gate in Berlin echoed the same sentiment as they marched with banners reading ‘We are the 99 per cent’.