Spanish police say they arrested 45 people, including nine minors, in street violence after a large anti-austerity protest outside parliament. Dozens sustained minor injuries.
Tens of thousands of people marched to parliament to demonstrate against tax hikes, spending cuts, sky-high unemployment and alleged corruption. As the protest ended late Saturday, groups of youths threw bar chairs into a road and burned garbage containers.
Police later found four firebombs in a backpack abandoned on a street. The Interior Ministry says officers then seized 22 firecrackers, five flares and a stick from two minors near Madrid’s main railway station.
The ministry also said in a statement Sunday that 40 people, including 12 police officers, received minor injuries in the clashes. Two of the officers received hospital treatment.
In Egypt, thousands of pro and anti-Morsi demonstrators have gathered in Cairo – ahead of Saturday’s referendum on the new constitution. Protesters opposed to the president have breached the barricades of the Presidential Palace, amid fears that the proposed draft would lead the country towards an Islamic dictatorship. For more on this RT talks to journalist Bel Trew, who’s in Cairo.
Tens of thousands of people joined the call of Trade Union Congress (TUC) to march against government’s austerity measures. P.I.I.G.S. in London was one of the leagues and marched with a dual banner which read – ‘We Are All In This Together’, and ‘Austerity Not Here, Not Anywhere’, with which they expressed precisely their point of view on the social-economic situation people are facing in common in many European countries, including UK to certain extent.
P.I.I.G.S. is the abbreviation of the five countries – Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain, which have been imposed a name of pig by the global financial sector since the crisis happened in 2008.
Fracking is a commonly accepted term for hydro-fracturing, a process where water, sand and millions of gallons of toxic chemicals are injected into the earth at high pressure.
The aim of hydro-fracturing is to fracture rock formations deep underground in the hopes of liberating natural gas that would be otherwise inaccessible, and to bring it to the surface.
With hydrofracking, a well can produce over a million gallons of waste water that is often laced with highly corrosive salts, carcinogens like benzene and radioactive elements like radium.Other carcinogenic materials can be added to the waste water by the chemicals used in the hydrofracking itself.
July 28, 2012: Protest in Washington, DC against the natural gas hydro fracking extraction process, its massive deposit of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere, and the devastating effects it has on the land and communities.
Early Saturday morning anti-fracking campaigners climbed 500 feet to hang two banners from the iconic Blackpool Tower raising awareness about the dangers of hydraulic fracturing for shale gas spreading to the UK. After successfully hanging the banners, the two climbers were sprayed with a pressure washer by Blackpool Tower workers while they were hundreds of feet above the ground. Both protesters were arrested when they descended.
“The UK fracking industry is in its infancy. We must act now if we are to stop it in its tracks. It’s bad for Lancashire, it’s bad for the UK and it’s bad for the planet.”
Blackpool Tower is five miles east of the first fracking test well in the UK. The group is highlighting the issue and launch of an anti-fracking campaign centred around the website frack-off.org
Police in the U.S. have used pepper spray against peaceful students taking part in an ‘Occupy’ campaign in front of the University of California. Demonstrators had been ordered to remove their camp, but after refusing, officers showed up and and tore their tents down, using force against unarmed people. 10 protesters have been arrested.
The ruling powers work for the benefit of just a few, ignoring the will of the vast majority and the human and environmental price we all have to pay. This intolerable situation must end.
United in one voice, we will let politicians, and the financial elites they serve, know it is up to us, the people, to decide our future. We are not goods in the hands of politicians and bankers who do not represent us.
On October 15th, we will meet on the streets to initiate the global change we want. We will peacefully demonstrate, talk and organize until we make it happen.