This was the scene in Madrid last night as thousands of miners and their supporters, many of whom had walked for three weeks, arrived in the Spanish capital to protest austerity measures by their government. The lights are the individual lights on miner’s helmets.
The scene today was very different as police used rubber bullets and batons to disperse the marchers. The Guardian:
“We’ll keep going and, if nothing happens, the fight will just get harder,” said JÃ³rge Exposito, a miner from Mieres, northern Spain, as fireworks crackled and twitchy riot police stood by with shields and guns loaded with rubber bullets.
A tense standoff saw occasional police charges, rubber bullets, and demonstrators hurling objects at police. At least 76 people were injured in clashes along Madrid’s central Castellana Boulevard, but the march eventually ended with nothing more violent than a rousing singsong.
If economists like Nouriel Roubini are right, there’s a lot more of this to come worldwide.
“Dr. Doom” Nouriel Roubini, says the “perfect storm” scenario he forecast for the global economy earlier this year is unfolding right now as growth slows in the U.S., Europe as well as China.
In May, Roubini predicted four elements – stalling growth in the U.S., debt troubles in Europe, a slowdown in emerging markets, particularly China, and military conflict in Iran – would come together in to create a storm for the global economy in 2013.
“(The) 2013 perfect storm scenario I wrote on months ago is unfolding,” Roubini said on Twitter on Monday.
The 1% will continue to use the police as their enforcers while they try to suck the last profits out of the 99%, and the latter seem to finally be on the verge of having had enough of it.