It’s a sad Saturday in Europe as we watch the TV reports showing angry Greek citizens in violent fights with the police. A few blocks away is the political and financial leaders of Europe about to sign a paper that agrees on spending billions of the Unions tax money to bail out the bankrupt nation, reducing the populations welfare and forcing them to work more for less money.
“Anger is only a natural reaction; one of the mind’s ways of reacting to things that it percieved to be wrong. While anger can sometimes lead people to do shocking things,it can also be an instinct to show people that something isn’t right.”
There’s not much need for comments – here’s some of the latest video reports from Greece:
Clashes erupt between police and demonstrators as a ten-thousand strong crowd marches through Athens, protesting against the government’s latest economic reforms.
Police have used tear gas on protesters during a May Day march on the streets of Athens. Tens of thousands gathered in rallies called by trade unions and left-wing parties in protest against government austerity measures. The country’s facing tax increases, pay and pension cuts, as Parliament struggles to solve the debt problem.
Fire bomb hits Greek police man during May Day protest.
Riots In Chile
Perhaps is the most scary thing that the violence is spreading – seemingly contagious just as the debt crisis – from country to country.
This is Chile’s capital Santiago today:
Police use water cannons and tear gas on crowds as May Day rally turns violent.
Immigration Rally In U.S.
Thousands turn out for immigration rallies across the country, including Washington, DC where one Congressman was arrested.
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