‘America Aware Spring’ is coming to the United Kingdom after four weeks of focus on Wall Street. The campaign against the global banking industry is holding this Saturday with the biggest event aiming to “occupy” the London Stock Exchange.
The protests have been organised on Facebook and Twitter pages that between them have picked up more than 15,000 followers. Campaigners are to gather outside St Paul’s Cathedral at midday on Saturday before marching the short distance to Paternoster Square, home of the Stock Exchange, as well as the London head office of investment bank Goldman Sachs.
It is one of a series of events planned around the UK as part of a global day of action, with 800-plus protests promised so far worldwide.
It remains to be seen how many of the online supporters will turn up in London, with estimates ranging from a few hundred to a couple of thousand. It is also unclear whether the City police, the small force that operates in London’s financial district, will permit activists to mimic the Wall Street protests by pitching tents
The London planned action sounds the trumpet louder that Protests against economic mismanagement and corporate greed are going global.
In addition to the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement sweeping the US, protesters from over 70 European and Asian nations are set to hold in a co-ordinated mass rallies fashion on October 15.
Activists from 78 nations, organizing themselves through the Internet and social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, are due to take to the streets on Saturday in a joint effort to protest at the crippling global economic crisis and hold politicians and bankers responsible.
“United in one voice, we will let politicians and the financial elites they serve know it is up to us, the people, to decide our future,” reads the statement on the website for the upcoming protests, http://15october.net/.
“We are not goods in the hands of politicians and bankers, who do not represent us,” it adds.
Protests in the EU are focusing on unemployment and cuts in public services. The situation is particularly acute in debt-stricken countries like Greece where harsh austerity measures are being imposed in exchange for EU and IMF bailouts.
RT’s correspondent Priya Sridhar, reporting from India, says Asian activists are planning to stage protests in Taipei, Seoul, Jakarta, Hong Kong and even the Pakistani capital, Islamabad.
According to Sridhar, in India itself, there is a growing sentiment against big international corporations using the country’s cheap labor and resources for their benefit alone.
“People here are a little bit suspicious of the multinational companies, specifically American companies,” she said.“Just recently I went to Hyderabad and met with some of the Maoists, who are a growing movement here in India.
sources: RT and Guardian