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“Around 50,000 “Red Shirt” supporters from across Thailand converged on central Bangkok Saturday, May 19, to mark the second anniversary of a deadly crackdown on street protests.”~Yahoo
“The scene Saturday was a sharp contrast with two years earlier, when Thailand was at war with itself and troops moved in to crush a nine-week anti-government protest that left more than 90 people dead and 2,000 injured. It was the country’s worst political violence in decades. Many speakers addressed the crowd Saturday to demand justice. There have been no charges filed and no prosecutions for any of the killings.”~ABCNews
#Blockupy 20,000 marched at Frankfurt #Occupy protest rally on Saturday
BERLIN (AP) — “At least 20,000 people held a major rally of the local Occupy movement in Frankfurt on Saturday to decry austerity measures affecting much of Europe, the dominance of banks, and what they call untamed capitalism.
The protesters peacefully filled the city center of continental Europe’s biggest financial hub on a warm and pleasant afternoon, said Frankfurt police spokesman Ruediger Regis. He said 20,000 people were there, while organizers put the number at 25,000.
The protest group, named Blockupy, has called for blocking access to the European Central Bank, which is located in Frankfurt’s business district.
Organizer spokesman Roland Seuss the protest is “against the Europe-wide austerity dictate by the (creditor) troika of ECB, the EU Commission and the International Monetary Fund.”
(Reuters) – “German police said they detained 400 anti-capitalist protesters in Frankfurt on Friday for defying a ban on demonstrations against austerity policies implemented to tackle the intensifying euro zone debt crisis.”
HR437 (Passed Feb 2012) “the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011” makes it illegal to protest in the vicinity of anyone who rates a Secret Service detail (even if you aren’t aware of the person’s presence), thus sparing politicians and VIPs the ugly and unseemly spectacle of having to confront voters who disagree with their policies. Only three Congressmen voted against it.” -via boingboing
Guess who landed in Chicago yesterday for the NatoSummit?:
(President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive at Chicago O’Hare International Airport to attend the NATO Summit, Saturday, May 19, 2012 in Chicago.)
”President Barack Obama is in his home town of Chicago, Illinois, where he will host leaders of the 28 trans-atlantic allies for the NATO summit beginning Sunday.
Obama arrived in Chicago after discussions with leaders of the Group of 8 major developed economies in Camp David, Maryland.
That G8 summit covered the Eurozone debt crisis, the Arab Spring and Syria, energy security and oil prices, food security, and Afghanistan, the key focus of the NATO summit.”~Read more: VOANews
“On top of that, the punishment can be pretty severe. You can get up to a year in jail for being found guilty of these things, and that jumps up to 10 years if you are carrying a “deadly or dangerous weapon.”~Continued from BoingBoing
Reports on twitter are saying there are at least 4 buses en route to the protesters location.. possibly tanks (Via facebook which is usually less reliable in honesty) I’ll let you guys do the math on this one. View the livestreams and twitter feeds posted in previous blog entry for updated info on what’s going on in Chicago.
Reports from ground say it is getting violent some protesters injured, tear gas and sound cannons imminent. (Brace yourselves)
“The provincial government passed Bill 78 on Friday evening which banned spontaneous protests of 50 or more people and which imposed harsh penalties on anyone trying to prevent people from going to school. Montreal passed its own set of legislation Friday which gave police more power to control crowds during protests. The city law bans masks during gatherings when police decide that protesters do not have a reason for wearing one.”~Read More: Toronto Sun