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G20 Protests

Posted by msrb on March 29, 2009

Who are you kidding Mr …?

Tens of thousands of people demonstrated across Europe Saturday to “demand jobs, economic justice and environmental accountability.”

US Vice-President Joe Biden to G20 protesters: Give governments a chance to solve the economic crisis.

What people said:

US VP Mr Biden, nearly reduced to begging, hoped the protesters would give the politicians a chance. “Hopefully we can make it clear to them that we’re going to walk away from this G20 meeting with some concrete proposals,” he said.


Billionaire George Soros, who should be held in prison incommunicado for the rest of his life, told the BBC the G20 meeting was “make or break” for the world economy.

“Unless they do something for developing world there will be serious collapse in that part of the world,” he added.

Gee, thanks Mr Sores, without your contribution it would have been much harder to get here.

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of London ahead of the G20 summit. Image AFP. Image may be subject to copyright.

British PM Golden Brown amazed everyone when he said said he understood why people were demonstrating in the UK [presumably instead of demonstrating on Mars.]

“We will respond to it at the G20 with measures that will help create jobs, stimulate business and get the economy moving,” he said.

Brazil’s President Lula told the G20 meeting in Chile that everyone was suffering because of  the reckless few who had turned the world economy into “a gigantic casino”.

“We are rejecting blind faith in the markets,” he added.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel asked for continued dialog among G20 members, saying one meeting was simply insufficient to resolve “the economic crisis and finish building a new structure for global markets.”

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, the summit host, said the leaders had agreed to fight protectionism.

“We agreed on putting people first, to avoid the economic recession turning into a social recession,” she said.

Meanwhile, thousands of people marched through European cities Saturday to “demand jobs, economic justice and environmental accountability.”

In Berlin, thousands of protesters demonstrated in the streets on Saturday carrying banners that said: “We won’t pay for your crisis.”

In Frankfurt at least 20,000 people took to the streets to protest the banking crisis .

In Paris hundreds of demonstrators dumped a large pile of sand outside the stock exchange to protest off-shore tax havens.

In Rome, thousands of protesters made their voices heard.

London police said about 35,000 protesters took part in the march.

Bloomberg, unsurprisingly, downgraded the police estimate  to 12,000 marchers.

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