Demonstrators All Over Europe Protest Austerity Programs

It would be wise for us to keep an eye on what is happening overseas. We’ve all heard about Greece, and we linked to a story on Portugal and Spain recently. Their economies are at risk as well, and  Portugal is due to announce their austerity program on Jan 1.

And in case you missed it, 40,000 students in London this week because the British want to triple college tuition–all the way up to $15K!

And from the NY Times, a story about demonstrations in Ireland.

After a week that brought Ireland a pledge of an $114 billion international rescue package and the toughest austerity program of any country in Europe, thousands of demonstrators took to Dublin’s streets on Saturday to protest wide cuts in the country’s welfare programs and in public-sector jobs.

The protests centered on a milelong march along the banks of the Liffey river in central Dublin to the General Post Office building on O’Connell Street, site of the battle between Irish republican rebels and British troops in the Easter Uprising in 1916 — an iconic event that many in Ireland regard as the tipping point in Ireland’s long struggle for independence.

Read the rest here.

And here’s another article from Reuters about protests in Italy.

Tens of thousands Italians marched in Rome on Saturday in a rally organised by Italy’s largest union to protest bleak job prospects and demand more rights for workers.

Students who have been staging demonstrations in various Italian cities against a university reform currently before parliament joined the peaceful march in central Rome, bringing traffic to a halt.

Waving red flags and banners, the protesters accused Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s government of cutting welfare and education spending while doing little to spur economic growth and employment.

Don’t think it can’t happen here.




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