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The Spiegel reported yesterday:

In Germany, the revolution against the financial system is already raging — at least on the Internet. A cyber class war with photos, videos, texts and plenty of symbolism is in full swing. In the video messages calling for a nationwide protest in Germany this Saturday, images of the Frankfurt bank skyline are juxtaposed against paintings of the German Revolutions of 1848. Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” is mixed with the orchestral pomp of the “Requiem for a Dream” movie soundtrack.

“Something is going to happen on Oct. 15,” the cyber revolutionaries pledge. Thousands will supposedly rise up in Germany alone so the “people can take back control from the dictatorship of money.” “It began in New York,” the call to action states, “but it will end in Hesse,” a reference to the western German state where Frankfurt is located.

Thousands of outraged Americans have occupied Zuccotti Park near Wall Street in New York for weeks now, and protesters in a growing number of cities in the United States are joining the revolt, starting their own protest camps. What began on Sept. 17 in Zuccotti Park now appears to be spreading to Europe. German activists are seeking to bring the phenomenon to Germany, where protest events are being planned in dozens of cities across the country, starting on Saturday. In the German financial center Frankfurt, protesters are expected to march to the European Central Bank on Saturday. Elsewhere in Europe, events are planned in Paris at the Place de la Bourse, in London outside St. Paul’s Cathedral and in many other European cities.

The statements in the protest announcements are in no way modest. “In this room all of my dreams become realities,” one protest video states. “And some of my realities become dreams.” The quote comes from the Roald Dahl children’s book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” In the context of the desired revolution, it can be interpreted in a number of ways.

It is reality today. BBC reports:

Protests at financial mismanagement and government cutbacks have been held in cities around the world.

At least 20 people were injured in clashes at the biggest rally, in Rome, as riot police fought masked militants who had attacked property.

Police used tear gas, water cannon and baton-charges, making several arrests.

Inspired by the Occupy Wall St movement and Spain’s “Indignants”, demonstrators turned out from Asia to Europe, but numbers were generally small.

Organisers expect rallies in 82 countries, with the protests due to come full circle when they reach New York.

Tens of thousands of people had turned out to demonstrate peacefully in Rome.

Television pictures from the city showed streets packed with protesters waving banners, close to the Colosseum.

However militants dressed in black infiltrated the crowd and began attacking property. Offices belonging to the Italian defence ministry were set on fire, three cars were burnt and there were attacks on cash dispensers and bank and shop windows.

Police moved in after bottles were reportedly thrown at them, and at least one police vehicle is said to have been set alight.

The militants were also challenged by other protesters, the BBC’s David Willey reports from Rome. “No to violence!” they shouted and tried to restrain them. The injured included police officers.

There was a message of support for the global day of protest from the chief of the Bank of Italy, Mario Draghi, who is set to take over as head of the European Central Bank (ECB) next month.

“Young people are right to be indignant,” he was quoted by Italian media as saying.

At least 1,000 people demonstrated in London’s financial district but were prevented by police from reaching the Stock Exchange.

In Dublin, about 400 people marched to a hotel where an EU/IMF/ECB delegation involved in the country’s ongoing financial bailout is staying, the Irish Times reports.

Hundreds of people marched in New Zealand cities while in Sydney, Australia, some 2,000 people – including representatives of Aboriginal groups, communists and trade unionists – rallied outside the central Reserve Bank of Australia.

“Occupy” protests were also been held in South Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

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Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

October 15, 2011 at 5:49 pm

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