THE PEASANTS ARE NOT AMUSED
Pictures of people around the world taking to the streets to show their displeasure of the status quo.
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Actual pictures taken during Dec. 12 week in Europe:
Europeans stage anti-austerity protests(Reuters) – Here are details of recent and forthcoming protests in European countries against austerity policies and other grievances, following clashes in London on Thursday over a parliamentary vote to increase the cost of university education.
BRITAIN:Oct 3 – A 24-hour strike by workers on London’s underground rail system disrupted much of the network and affected millions of commuters. This marked the third such walkout since September in a dispute over 800 planned job cuts. Another 24-hour strike took place on November 28.
October 19 – Trade unions took protests over spending cuts to parliament, promising to fight to protect public services.
November 10 – About 55,000 students protested in London against government plans to raise the cap on university tuition fees almost threefold to 9,000 pounds ($14,000). Windows were smashed and missiles hurled at police at the governing Conservative Party’s headquarters. Around 66 people were arrested.
November 24 – Thousands of students staged walkouts and marches across Britain against planned rises in tuition fees.
November 30 – More than 150 demonstrators in London were arrested during a student protest against the planned rise.
December 9 – Thousands of protesters attacked government buildings and damaged a car carrying Prince Charles after parliament voted to raise the fees.
– Protesters laid siege to the finance ministry, battering open a door as they clashed with riot police. They later smashed store windows in Oxford Street, one of London’s main shopping streets. Mounted police tried to disperse protesters outside parliament.
– Some commentators say the student protests could be a prelude to wider unrest as austerity measures start to bite and hundreds of thousands of jobs are lost in the public sector.
May 4-5 – Public-sector workers staged a 48-hour strike. On May 5, a 50,000-strong protest in Athens led to violence and three people died in a petrol bomb attack on a bank.
June 29 – Police fired tear gas at rioters shouting “burn parliament” in Athens. About 12,000 people joined marches during a strike against raising the retirement age to 65 for all.
July 8 – About 12,000 people marched against pension reform in the unions’ sixth 24-hour strike against austerity measures.
November 22 – Greek private sector union GSEE called for a pan-European strike in 2011 to take joint action against austerity measures.
December 2 – Police fired teargas in clashes with over 1,000 students who tried to break through a police cordon to march on the British embassy in Athens, in solidarity with British students who oppose plans to increase tuition fees, and against austerity and education reforms in Greece.
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December 6 – Greek police clashed with youths hurling petrol bombs in Athens during protests to mark the anniversary of the 2008 police killing of a teenager that provoked the country’s worst riots in decades.
– Three people were injured as thousands marched through Athens. Another rally is planned for December 15 during a nationwide anti-austerity strike.
Dec 8 – Czech public sector workers went on strike against government plans to cut the sector’s wage bill by 10 percent. A union leader said 123,000 workers out of about 600,000 public sector employees joined the strike.
Sept 29 – Spain’s first general strike in eight years, called to oppose spending cuts, disrupted transport and factories but the impact was limited.
December 3 – Spanish airspace reopened a day after a wildcat strike by air traffic controllers paralysed airports and the government declared its first state of emergency in the post-Franco era. The government is pushing through tough reforms and spending cuts to rein in a deficit and ward off market fears it may need a bailout similar to that of Ireland. The walkout disrupted travel for some 250,000 people on one of Spain’s busiest holiday weekends.
November 30 – Thousands of students streamed through Rome towards parliament. Students, who on November 25 occupied tourist sites including the leaning tower of Pisa and the Colosseum, vowed to block proposed changes by Education Minister Mariastella Gelmini.
November 27 – Thousands of Irish took to the streets of Dublin to protest against a looming bailout. The EU approved an 85 billion euro ($115 billion) rescue for Ireland, a day later.
November 24 – Portugal’s biggest unions, the CGTP and the UGT, disrupted transport and halted services from healthcare to banking in protest against wage cuts and rising unemployment in the first joint general strike by the top two unions since 1988.
– A pension reform law was signed into law by President Nicolas Sarkozy on November 9. The reform raised the minimum retirement age to 62 from 60 and the full retirement age to 67 from 65 to balance the loss-ridden pension system by 2018.
– Fierce opposition by trade unions and the public, who staged waves of protests over austerity measures, turned the reform into the biggest battle of Sarkozy’s presidency. The strikes later subsided as the turnout for protests slumped.
(Writing by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit; David Stamp)