Tens of thousands of people protested yesterday April 1st in London at the G20 summit. The protest is made up of a multitude of different groups and has no clear overall spokesperson or agenda, other than to draw attention to the obvious failures of unregulated capitalism and the increasingly obscene taxpayer funded banking bailouts and corporate bonuses (“provider capture” anyone?). Here are the voices of a couple of individuals:
“I’m protesting for the small individuals in Britain who have been left with their pants down as the government bails out the banks for billions of dollars. Where’s the money for the struggling baker, butcher, small marketing people and architectural companies?”
“We need clean capitalism,” he said. “Capitalism only works if people don’t take more out than they need.”
There will be allegations of blame on both sides (“containment pens” – what’s with that?), but the situation has escalated into occasional violence:
Although the demonstrations began peacefully, bloody skirmishes have erupted as police try to keep thousands of people in containment pens on Threadneedle street.