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German cities see second, smaller round of 'Occupy' protests

The Local · 22 Oct 2011, 14:44

Published: 22 Oct 2011 14:44 GMT+02:00

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The demonstrations have been inspired by the "Occupy Wall Street" movement in New York. Its message has been echoed by protesters in cities around the world.

Police said about 2,500 people rallied in the centre of Germany's financial capital, Frankfurt. The protest was organised by the "Occupy Frankfurt" movement, as well as the Attac network, which supports "democratic alternatives in the globalization process," according to its website.

Last Saturday, roughly double that number took to the streets of the city.

The crowds marched from Rathenauplatz square in the city centre to hold a rally at a protest camp in front of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt.

In Berlin, too, hundreds of people gathered for the second Saturday in a row, but the turnout was much smaller than last weekend's demonstration.

Organisers had announced a march from Alexanderplatz square to the Brandenburg Gate, where only about 200 participants showed up. A week ago, organisers said some 10,000 people took part in the protest.

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Despite the lower turnout, there was still a large police presence in central Berlin on Saturday, with a wide area around the parliamentary building closed off.

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15:45 October 22, 2011 by Sastry.M
They must have been inspired by reading "Berlin, Alexanderplatz" by Alfred Doeblin in an effort to choose the 'correct next man' to live sociably.
20:31 October 23, 2011 by derExDeutsche
I don't know, I saw a pretty good crowd on youtube.

07:04 October 24, 2011 by CaSimone
In the US, people are protesting, 1.) College Debt 2.) Insane Insurance/Medical World 3.)Unfair Tax Cuts for Rich... What I do not get, is with free to *almost* free universities (compared to thousands up to over hundred thousand of what Kids owe in the USA), universal health care in German Compared to No Health Care or unfair health care "CAPPED" care, fair tax (from what I am told) compared to unfair tax cuts in USA, and basically a safety net that catches EVERYONE here compared to being left to sleep in your Car if you loose it all in the USA... WHY are people here complaining???? IF PEOPLE IN THE USA, HAVE WHAT GERMANS HAVE, THEY WOULD NOT BE PROTESTING.
14:49 October 24, 2011 by Sastry.M
Probably the Germans are suffering too, with freebees getting restricted due to off shoots imported over the Atlantic by wishful speculations of debtful (doubtful) banking by European neighbors and forced to bail them out of crises..
17:13 October 24, 2011 by LecteurX
Well I guess they protest against the huge power wielded by the banks and unaccountable financial institutions over democratic institutions, which per se is something most people could disagree with. And of course some of the protesters are also downright communists and anti-capitalists. I know it, I was there to see it...

Sure, other than this, we still have it pretty good compared to the unfair system devised in the US to chain people to mountains of debts for their whole lifetimes.
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