Protests hit 719 cities

Submitted by Matthew on 26 October, 2011 - 12:17

In reporting the recent occupy and protest movements that have sprung up across the world, the bourgeois media has focused most of its attention on developments here and in the US.

However, discontent has reared its head internationally, with unprecedented rebellion and protest erupting everywhere from Chile to Belgium to Mexico, to name but a few.

In Chile, nearly six months after they began, student protests show little sign of abating. One of the demands of Chilean students is a not-for-profit education system that is free for everyone. Chile’s education system is one of the most privatised in the world, and the student protests in the country have seen universities occupied and huge protests on the streets of the capital, Santiago, and elsewhere.

On several occasions, they have drawn 100,000 people on to the streets.

Last Thursday, dozens of youths disrupted a Senate committee hearing before occupying the Senate office building for eight hours demanding a referendum on how to resolve Chile's social problems, especially education.

Chilean students have won sympathy from about 80 percent of the population, according to opinion polls. Meanwhile, President Sebastian Pinera's support has dropped to between 20 percent and 30 percent.

On October 15, demonstrations against capitalism took place in 719 cities in 71 countries.

In Frankfurt, about 200 people camped in front of the European Central Bank.

In Chicago, 175 protesters were arrested after refusing to leave Grant Park when it closed at night.

The final tally of arrests in New York after last Saturday's marches on Times Square, a Citibank near NYU and Washington Square Park, was 92.

In Rome, there were 20 arrests but at least 100 people were hospitalized after a protest near the famous Colosseum.

In Spain, the 15-M Movement, also called the Spanish Revolution, has been ongoing since May.

In Japan, about 200 people recently marched through Tokyo carrying various signs, including “No More Nukes” and “Free Tibet.”

Protesters in several countries have been ordered by police to dismantle their tent cities and have faced increasing repression from the authorities for refusing to do so.

While the protests sweeping the globe are inevitably diverse in nature, there is one thing they all have in common: In every instance people are rebelling against a ruling class that is demanding the full burden of the financial crisis be imposed on the working class.

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