By Ria Novosti
Thousands of people across the world took to the streets on Saturday in solidarity with the United States protests against “financial terrorism” of the authorities.
Saturday’s protests in Germany, London, China, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Philippines and Singapore followed a month-long action in New York and other American cities called Occupy Wall Street against the authorities’ financial policies.
New York protesters said Saturday would be a day of international solidarity against what they called the greed and corruption of the 1% of the world’s wealthy people.
Deutsche Welle said 5,000 people gathered near the European Central Bank in Frankfurt-am-Main carrying slogans “You Are Wasting Our Future” and “You Are Speculating With Our Lives”.
The action is joined by the international anti-globalist organization Attac and the Occupy Frankfurt organization. The protests are peaceful, an organizer said. A similar demonstration took place in Cologne, with 1,500 people attending.
In all, demonstrations involved 50 German cities and towns, Deutsche Welle said.
About 100,000 people gathered for protests in Rome on Saturday afternoon.
In London, at least a thousand people of various age gathered in the City where the London Stock Exchange (LSE) is located.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange addressed the protesters from the steps of St. Paul’s Cathedral after the police blocked access to the LSE.