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    Posted October 16, 2011 by
    parallaxes
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    paris, France
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Occupy Wall Street

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    Paris, October 15, 2011: United For Global Change Protest

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     parallaxes says he is paying attention to the 'Occupy' protest movement because it is peaceful, non-political and global. He took these photos from the 'United for Global Change' march that took place in Paris, France, on October 15. He says the protests expose 'with simple words, the basic problems of our society,' much in the same way as the worldwide peaceful protest movements of the 1970s.
    - elchueco, CNN iReport producer

    In Paris as in hundreds of cities around the world, "outraged" (*) have protested against the insecurity due to the crisis and the power of finance.

    In France, the "outraged" struggle to draw crowds as youth unemployment is less massive than in other European countries. However, the demonstration has been relatively followed in Paris.

    Groups gathered in the early afternoon in different places of the capital, particularly in front of the main railway stations and Place du Chatelet.

    In the Belleville area  (this iReport), about 800 people gathered, preparing banners to go through the city and meet other groups place de l'Hôtel de ville.

    Mainly young people but also retirees and families concerned with the future of their children have chanted, in a festive mood, slogans for "real democracy now":

    "... another world is possible
    we are the new 99% we are the anonymous, we are outraged
    nonviolence = revolution
    reloveution
    if you don't let us dream, we won't let you sleep
    sharing will save the world... "
    (*) The 2011 Spanish protests, also referred to as the 15-M Movement or the Spanish revolution, are a series of ongoing peaceful demonstrations in Spain whose origin can be traced to social networks and Real Democracy NOW (Spanish: Democracia Real YA) among other civilian digital platforms and 200 other small associations. Compared with the Arab Spring and May 1968 in France, it started on 15 May with an initial call in 58 Spanish cities.
    Since May 2011, the movement has become global and is deliberately informal and non political with several names around the world: 'We are the 99%', 'Occupy Wall Street' in the United States, 'Les Indignés' in France, M12M in Spain... But the manifesto is universal:
    "The powers work for the benefit of a few, ignoring the will of the majority. This intolerable situation must stop...
    ... It is time for us to unite, it is time for them to listen.
    We are not goods in the hands of bankers and politicians..."
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