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A wave of austerity measures, protests and strikes hit Europe

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posted on May, 13 2010 @ 04:45 PM
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Spain: "The public sector branch of the UGT union also called for demonstrations from May 20, the day the measures announced Wednesday by Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero are to be presented to parliament, the UGT said.

It urged all "public workers of different sectors of the country, from health to education to emergency services, municipalities, autonomous communities and government agencies, to observe a general strike on June 2."

The UGT said it will ask other unions to join the walkout over the government plan, which includes a pay cut for the public sector.

Another major union, the CCOO, earlier also said it's management would vote on a strike call"

read more: www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jLQIu-Go8wZRIrDAD0pFFF-JhhpA


Portugal: "Portugal announced Thursday a fresh austerity package following eurozone partner Spain's lead, aiming to halve its budget deficit by 2011 with a series of tax hikes and salary cuts for public servants. Unions protested immediately, with CGTP union leader Carvalho da Silva describing the measures as "very violent" and calling for action against them."

read more: www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5j2KVT42qqH4JzrG6PoN6wr_RKbAQ


Romania: "Unions' National Confederation Cartel ALFA, the National Confederation of the Free Unions from Romania, the National Union Block and The National Unionist Confederation Meridian will be rallying the Government and Presidential Administration's headquarters starting from today, Thursday, May 13, until May 19, communiqué sent by the unionist confederations reads. The five large confederations have announced a huge protest movement for May 19 in Piata Victoriei, where around 40,000 people are expected to take part. They are also calling upon all the Capital's residents who disagree with the proposals the Government made to the IMF.

If after the protests the Government is still not going to dismiss the incompetent ministers and to give up the measures meant to bring poverty among the population, the unions will declare general strike"

read more: english.hotnews.ro/stiri-top_news-7268476-large-unions-rally-the-parliament-and-presidency-general-strike-could-follow.htm


Greece: "Greek labor unions announced a new general strike to protest pension reforms next week, as government officials waited Wednesday for the first installment of a euro110 billion ($140 billion) rescue package designed to stave off bankruptcy.

Greece's two main public and private sector unions set a walkout for May 20 — a day after Greece must repay some euro9 billion ($11.4 billion) in expiring debt, using loans from its eurozone partners and the International Monetary Fund."


irish people tried storming thier parliament the yesterday, you got UK unions threatening to strike ala greek style, you got bulgarians protesting, serbia is on the verge, latvia and iceland are both in the mix... oh yeah, interesting times... the left is rising..




posted on May, 13 2010 @ 04:52 PM
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There is going to be a Summer of riots across Europe....
I'm hoping everyone waits until the World Cup is over that way, I can give the rolling news reports my full voyeuristic attention....



posted on May, 13 2010 @ 04:57 PM
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Great post. S+F

The left is definitly on the march across Europe. These countries pushing austerity measures should be very happy that they don't have an upcoming election anytime soon.

In addition, I found an article where they talk about a possible coup against Angela Merkel in Germany. Here www.abovetopsecret.com...



posted on May, 13 2010 @ 05:12 PM
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So all the posters above me think it is great that people are fighting their governments efforts to cut expensses and become economically sustainable?

So what is it? Do you guys think the governments can just keep overspending into oblivion?

I wish our government would cut costs, so that we would have a chance to get back on track.

What do you hope to gain by the left rioting against government cost cuts?



posted on May, 13 2010 @ 05:35 PM
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Originally posted by Billy Mays
So all the posters above me think it is great that people are fighting their governments efforts to cut expensses and become economically sustainable?

So what is it? Do you guys think the governments can just keep overspending into oblivion?

I wish our government would cut costs, so that we would have a chance to get back on track.

What do you hope to gain by the left rioting against government cost cuts?


As I said in my above post Good T.V.........



posted on May, 13 2010 @ 05:37 PM
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So all the posters above me think it is great that people are fighting their governments efforts to cut expenses and become economically sustainable?


There is a vast difference between the purpose behind these protests and becoming economically sustainable. It is proven that there are very left-wing and big government nations that are currently not suffering from serious debt, unemployment and social problems. What has been occurring in the nations that are suffering and will suffer through austerity measures was corruption, liberalization mixed with entitlements and banker/politician alliances.

Same goes for the United States and all countries mentioned above, they are only suffering due to unbalanced competition by corporations which have ballooned out of control and ship our jobs to third world nations for slave labor. We are forced to compete with countries where they can have child/slave labor paying workers $3,000 per year, when we have strict safety laws and a high wage labor. How do we compete with that? We can’t, they need to be taught a lesson that we should not be punished for them making terrible decisions helping their corporate buddies.


So what is it? Do you guys think the governments can just keep overspending into oblivion?


The problem is that they are forced to compete with third world countries, it’s impossible. They are lowering taxes and regulations for the rich so they won’t leave the country for China, the people lose their jobs and are either forced onto welfare or take up a government job which costs more taxes which they can’t raise or they will chase away more corporations.

Point being, stop free trade and our problems will begin to ease.


I wish our government would cut costs, so that we would have a chance to get back on track.

Why is it that the people are always forced to be punished by tough cuts when it is the corporations that are tearing our nations apart?


What do you hope to gain by the left rioting against government cost cuts?


To make a point that the government is not permitted to use tax payer dollars to bail out their corporate buddies that they helped to get so large, then cut our services to help corporations. The time of corporate-politician corruption needs to END NOW!



posted on May, 13 2010 @ 05:38 PM
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It's good these government think to cut . But first they need to cut themself before cutting low class and middle class that's the whole problem with these "Austerity measures".



posted on May, 13 2010 @ 05:42 PM
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What is going on in the EU is nothing but a countries power grab I hope the citizens of the countries soon to become owned by the banksters over throw their dirty and corrupted politicians before they becomes slaves to the elite power taking over EU.

The WWIII may be a war of the people this time.



posted on May, 13 2010 @ 05:42 PM
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From what I've read, Greece really needs those cuts. People working in government related jobs usually got 2 months pay as a bonus each year. Which means 14 months worth of salary, for working 12 months. Thats insane.
And the they retired before turning 60. Working in Greece must have been like a dream....



posted on May, 13 2010 @ 05:46 PM
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Originally posted by marg6043
What is going on in the EU is nothing but a countries power grab I hope the citizens of the countries soon to become owned by the banksters over throw their dirty and corrupted politicians before they becomes slaves to the elite power taking over EU.

The WWIII may be a war of the people this time.


I am a pacifist, but that is definitely a war I would support, no wait, I would be a part of.

Viva la Revolution!



posted on May, 13 2010 @ 05:50 PM
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Once upon a time in America before we were owned by the banksters life used to be a dream and people used to retired before 65, is just that younger generations have not clue how used to be. . . now we are nothing but slaves .

The American dream is death is just that people still doesn't get it. . .



posted on May, 13 2010 @ 07:22 PM
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yes, indeed, strange and troubling yet potentially great times for human civilisation we are currently in, from what i see and hear the biggest worry the general populace faces is too much misplaced anger, were pretty much all in the same boat, an entire history of war for expansion is the human legacy as a whole, we cant simply fight everyone we think deserves it but we cant stand idly around while so much evil (for lack of another word) continues to propogate, but therein lies the problem, any collective attempts by the majority lower classes of any nation will result in the same action on behalf of the governments, all will be labelled dissidents and treated accordingly, the ultimate double-edged sword, damned if you do but also if you do nothing, the only option for us as a race now is to take a new direction altogether, one unheard of openly but also known to all of us, just as a parent has to eventually watch their children walk into mistakes knowing the outcome will be bad we must also warn the masses that there are and will be many things that can happen which they may not fully be aware of or understand as a whole but the night is always darkest before the dawn. the point being that aslong as there are those of us as on here (wether right or wrong in our beliefs and opinions) who prepare and expect the worst, there will always be a large number of ppl with valuable knowledge which could potentially filter out and save untold lives even in the worst of circumstances. for those who walk blindly into the dark there must always be lights to bring them back home, and home is caring for the person stood beside you. if theres one thing i have learnt in my life it is that ppl can suprise you when they see the truth with their own eyes. change is inevitable, for good or ill.
peace



posted on May, 13 2010 @ 08:53 PM
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Yeah i agree.. granted, I don't think the governments are doing it "for the right reasons" ... to save a multinational currency .. but the socialist programs, especially in Greece were the cause of such massive debts to GDP.... spending money you don't have. A catch 22 if ever I saw one.



posted on May, 13 2010 @ 10:48 PM
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bump...

news.bbc.co.uk...

A bomb has exploded outside a maximum security prison near the Greek capital, Athens, police say.

The blast in Korydallos followed a telephone warning to an Athens newspaper, officials said.

One report says a woman has been injured in the blast, but this has not been confirmed.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but correspondents say suspicion will fall on left-wing Greek militant groups.


www.financiarul.ro...

About 300 pensioners protesting in front of the Cotroceni Presidential Palace, on Wednesday, were attempting to force their way into the Palace’s yard, after their delegation had entered to hold talks with the Presidential Administration officials.

The demonstrators pushed the fences the gendarmes had placed to enclose the protest space and were shutting ‘Down with Basescu’, ‘Resignation,’ and ‘The Thieves’
‘Were we not looked down enough on through the uniform pension law and when the pension point dropped to 38.8 percent of the average gross salary in economy?, now President Basescu comes and tells us that the pension point is to go lower, by more 15 percent. Eighty percent of the pensioners are given pensions smaller than 1,000 lei, and 70 percent of them get less than 500 lei.

What are we to live on? How shall we be able to pay the medicines which we cannot live without?,’ wonders the president of the National Federation of Pensioners’ Associations Preda Nedelcu.


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posted on May, 13 2010 @ 11:06 PM
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You're Greek right? .. How armed are these so called "militant" groups? I understand that very few European countries allow weapons like guns, I figure Greece might have easier access being so close to ex Soviet states and the Mediterranean.... should they choose other options to express their disagreements.



posted on May, 14 2010 @ 09:23 AM
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nope im american. dont let the greek avy confuse you, its just my way of solidarity with the greek people her eon ATS is all.

www.reuters.com...
Spain's 2 biggest unions threaten general strike

edition.cnn.com...
Explosion hits Greek court building



posted on May, 14 2010 @ 09:35 AM
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From all the news around that we don't get to see here in our manipulated media as our government is afraid that people in the US may get the wrong ideas watching the riots and protest around the EU due to banskters power grab, it seems that the EU is deteriorating very fast and it about the people, been fed up with fiscally irresponsible governments.

They need to clean out their entire political house, maybe, then maybe we here in the US will start doing the same too.



posted on May, 14 2010 @ 10:30 AM
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Everyone following the debt debacle in Greece should read the latest offering from Martin Armstrong, his first update since his release from solitary confinement last month.

The world has seen the future...and it is Greece folks.

Greek Debt Crisis

If you aren't familiar with Armstrong's plight, you can scroll to page 7 of this recent PDF written by Darryl Robert Schoon.



posted on May, 14 2010 @ 10:32 AM
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You think it's a problem there; America is in for big trouble.
The National Inflation Association (NIA) Announced Release it’s 'Meltup' documentary.
Meltup features Gerald Celente, Peter Schiff, Ron Paul, Marc Faber, Jim Rogers, Tom Woods, and others. The documentary proves through facts and statistics how hyperinflation in the U.S. is now inevitable and how Americans could soon see the end of entitlement programs they have become dependent on to live and survive.
www.youtube.com...



posted on May, 14 2010 @ 01:23 PM
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From what I've read, Greece really needs those cuts. People working in government related jobs usually got 2 months pay as a bonus each year. Which means 14 months worth of salary, for working 12 months. Thats insane.


Concerning 13th+14th wage of Greeks, what does it matter when the sum of these 14 wages are half or one third in comparison to a central-european wage?

14 wages of 1000 euro = 14.000
12 wages of 3000 euro = 36.000

I'd gladly have even 8 wages of 3000 euro


As far as "there has to be a cut in spending", most of the spending is salaries and pensions. Pensions are paid by the state because the state has looted the pension funds. For example in the 80s inflation run at 25%, and pension funds were forced to put their money in certain banks with 0% interest (!!!!!!!!). Thus their capital was evaporated in a few short years.

As for the left vs right, it's not only the "left" who are reacting. It's normal people who get the feeling they are being raped.



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