Linking up with the Occupy Wall Street protests that began in New York, tens of thousands of people around the world took to the streets Saturday to reiterate their anger at the global financial system, corporate greed and government cutbacks.
Rallies were held in more than 900 cities in Europe, Africa and Asia, as well as in the United States, with some of the largest occurring in Europe. The demonstration in Rome turned violent, but crowds elsewhere were largely peaceful.
“What’s exciting about what’s happening is a sense of international solidarity,” said Ben Walker, 33, a university teacher from Norwich, England, who was carrying a tent and planning on camping overnight near the London Stock Exchange.
Here in the states, part of the movement has been for people to close their bank accounts with the Too Big To Fail banksters and open accounts at local credit unions. When folks tried to do this in NYC today at a Citibank branch, they were arrested.
And yes, when you are arresting people for closing their bank accounts, you lose, Wall Street.