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Occupy Europe

Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 02:55

Oct. 15 - Demonstrators worldwide shout their rage against bankers and politicians as part of the occupy movement taking hold around the globe. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Occupy Europe. Demonstrators in Europe join a global movement against bankers and politicians accused of ruining economies. Galvanized by the Occupy Wall Street movement, the protests are taking place around the globe. In Frankfurt, Germany's financial center and home to the country's stock exchange, several thousand people march to the European Central Bank headquarters. Financial centers have been targeted in the movement. SOUNDBITE: Protester Silke Schreiner, saying: (German): "It is getting obvious that the gap between poor and rich is getting bigger and bigger. I think that you can feel it in our society." In London hundreds of protesters marched from St Paul's Cathedral towards a square in front of the London Stock Exchange. Some say they were inspired by the Arab Spring. SOUNDBITE: Spyro Van Leemwn, Organiser of 'Occupy London Stock Exchange', saying: "The Arab Spring is definitely something that has encouraged this movement and it has been contributing to make this global. We see people around the world in different countries standing up for themselves, not expecting the governments to do that because the governments have been inadequate. Since the recession the only thing the governments have done is to basically pay banks with taxpayers' money." Throughout the day worldwide protests have sprung up in countries from New Zealand to Taiwan, in part a response to calls from the New York demonstrators for more people to join them. In Paris, several hundred so-called 'indignants' gathered in solidarity with protests staged across the globe. The protests in France comes as G20 finance chiefs are meeting in Paris -- as part of their effort to address concerns about the global economy. In Rome, peaceful demonstrations turned violent. A bank came under attack. And there were reports of at least two cars set on fire. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters

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Occupy Europe

Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 02:55