First, a report from Al Jazeera:
Demonstrators across Europe have embarked on protests against government austerity measures.
Protesters took to the streets in Spain, Portugal and Greece on Saturday to direct their anger against the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the European Central Bank (ECB) while in Germany, demonstrators rallied for the second day in succession.
Protesters say they are demonstrating against the institutions’ role in pushing for austerity cutbacks as a way to fight the continent’s debt crisis.
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Next, a video report from RT on the action in Frankfurt:
From the program notes:
Bank in Frankfurt, Germany. The of anti-austerity demonstrators surrounded other financial organs paralysing the area.
They hoped to cut off access to institutions they deem to be at the heart of the recession crippling eurozone countries.
Many workers were advised to stay home.
Later marching on Frankfurt airport, the Blockupy activists were greeted by police who used batons to keep them from disrupting Europe’s busiest air terminal.
Protests in Athens highlight labor conscription
Greece’s center/right coalition government has found a unique qay of fighting protests. The government simply conscripts striking workers, effectively putting them under martial law.
But that didn’t stop a group of workers in Athens today, as Iran’s PressTV reports:
From the program notes:
Teachers, maritime workers, transport employees and local authority workers remain conscripted under military law.
They are prohibited from striking and any industrial action they pursue sets in motion a detention and arrest mechamism enforced by police, authorised by the courts.
Civil mobilisation orders do not expire unless explicitly nulled by the High Court.
Teachers are the most recently conscripted state workers. Their wages and pensions have been slashed by repeated austerity cuts and so has the state funding of public education, all by some 40 percent.
Seamen were conscripted last year, they too are at the mercy of fiscal restrictions demanded by Greece’s troika lenders. Despite conscription, they threaten to hold repeated strikes as of next Wednesday if they are not paid overdue wages by the country’s shipping industry.
Employees at the Athens Urban Rail Transport dared hold a strike earlier in the year but they too were conscripted upon the first hour of their walkout.
Local authority employees were conscripted in 2011.
Chaos erupts in Turkey
Meanwhile, massive protests have erupted across Turkey following brutal police repression of a protest in Istanbul sparked by plans to turn a public park over to private developers for creation of a new shopping mall.
A report from RT: