WORLD Protesters in cities across the world are taking to the streets to demonstrate against alleged (!!!) corporate greed and government cutbacks. Organisers say rallies will be held in 951 cities in 82 countries from Asia and the Americas, to Africa and Europe. Hundreds of people have already protested in Australia and New Zealand as well as other Asian cities. Many protest groups are taking their names from the high-profile Occupy Wall Street rally in New York. Organisers of the 15 October worldwide protests said on their website that the aim was to "initiate the global change we want".
"United in one voice, we will let politicians, and the financial elites they serve, know it is up to us, the people, to decide our future," it said. Protests over the global crisis first began in the Spanish capital Madrid back in May, when hundreds took over the city's Puerta del Sol square.
Forming a movement called "Indignant", the protesters said they wanted to demonstrate at the influence of powerful financial institutions over policy-making, and the impact of Spain's deepest economic crisis in decades.Observers say that, while protesters in Spain had concrete demands such as seeking a cut in working hours to tackle unemployment, many of the 'Occupy' protesters are vague in their demands.