America’s a little quirky. I mean, we hoot and holler about establishing a system to provide all citizens health protection through insurance, and an angry “Tea Party” arises…
But we sit idly aside as school budgets are decimated, the middle-class grows extinct, u-6 unemployment levels reach close to 20%, Justice Roberts and the Supreme Court kill popular democracy and instill oligarchic democracy with the United Citizens decision providing political rights to lifeless corporations, and congress and the president negotiate how to extend excessive tax breaks to the wealthiest 1% of the nation.
But, in Europe…
try to understandably raise retirement age to 62 years of age or increase student fees… and all hell breaks loose! No apathy in the EU. They let their governments know when things are awry.
Take today, for instance:
Angry protesters in London attacked a car containing Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in the heart of London’s shopping district. Protesters cracked a window and hit the Rolls Royce with paint, the BBC reported. The car then drove off.
Protesters had earlier clashed with police outside British parliament in central London all day as the government approved plans to triple tuition fees paid by university students from about $4700 to $14,100. Students marched through central London, banging drums, waving placards and chanting “education is not for sale,” as weeks of nationwide protests reached a crescendo and groups of protesters tore down barricades and threw paint bombs, as police with batons fended off others in attempts to reinforce a security cordon near Parliament. Despite minor scuffles, the massive march remained largely peaceful.
Additionally, the U.K. government passed a four-year package of spending cuts worth 81 billion pounds ($128 billion), which will lead to the loss of hundreds-of-thousands of public sector jobs and cut or curtail hundreds of government programs.
Some commentators say the student protests could be a prelude to wider unrest as austerity measures start to bite and hundreds of thousands of jobs are lost in the public sector.
OR HOW ABOUT FRANCE —————
Millions in France Protested Raising Retirement Age to 62
Strikes against President Nicolas Sarkozy’s plan to raise the retirement age to 62 shut down trains, transit, fuel depots, planes, and schools across the country.
At one point, far fewer than half of the Paris Metro’s lines were working, according to the RATP public transit network, and about half of France’s long-distance trains were canceled, according to the SNCF state-run rail system. Nearly all flights were canceled at Orly and Charles de Gaulle airports, the Paris airport authority said. Post offices and even opera houses were hit too as about 1-in-5 civil servants did not go to work.