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I wonder how long before this happens here. Of course here the kids would be tased, tear gassed, deemed terrorists and hauled off to prison. I find it odd that Europe is more willing to let the young people protest than the US. the "birthplace of Democracy"

EU youth are tired of gaining multiple degrees and then not having jobs and they are taking to the streets to bring attention to it. Article below.

Their numbers had already swelled to more than 2,000 by the Sunday before, when they had occupied the entrance to the Bastille Opera and half the square. But then the police arrived with teargas and, since then, have kept strict watch over this symbolic site.
The protestors are trying to create a movement to rival the protests in Madrid and Lisbon. They want tens of thousands of young people to march in the streets of Paris, calling for "démocratie réelle," or real democracy. They believe that there is also potential for such large-scale protest in France, with youth unemployment at more than 20 percent, precarious working conditions and what feels like a constant state of crisis.

"Until now, our problems were always seen as individual problems," says Julien, a 22-year-old physics student who has joined a group called Actions. "You were told that if you couldn't find a job, it was your own fault. Perhaps we are now experiencing a change taking place, and that we are joining forces to form a pan-European movement against this system."

A Fundamental Change

As in Cairo months ago, everything began on Facebook -- with an appeal that Alexandre de Sousa Carvalho and some of his former fellow students at the University of Coimbra posted. They called upon the Geração à rasca (or "generation of junk"), to join together in protest. "We, the unemployed, the underpaid and the interns, are the best educated generation in the country's history," they wrote. "We are protesting so that those responsible for our precarious situation quickly change this untenable reality."

Carvalho, 25, who studied international relations, is a polite young man with a beard and a leather armband on his wrist. He says that he is normally a patient person. But when he discovered that, despite having obtained a master's degree in English, he would likely only be able to get a limited contract and that he would likely be forced to find work in Africa, he was overcome with fury.


I am waiting for governments to try to close down Facebook as more of these protests are organized. The protests are starting to spread to other countries in the EU as well. This really reminds me of Fight Club, the lost generations are realizing they have no real hope, that they have been lied to, they are being manipulated and their governments are truly in the hands of corporations not people.  I think those moneyed interests are in for some rude wake up calls in the next few years. These younger generations have no illiusions as to who the players are, they know they are pawns in the game and they are starting to get very very pissed off.


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    •  One more snip from the article (1+ / 0-)
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      Patri, an 18-year-old woman, was at the protests in Madrid almost from the start. Last Wednesday, she was sitting at the communication stand in her gray hooded sweatshirt. She was coughing and had dark circles under her weary eyes. Nevertheless, she still wants to stay. "We're making history now," she says. "A chance like this will not come again." Patri is a first-year university student studying English and German. She wants to become a translator. "But I'll have to go abroad," she adds.

      More than 44 percent of people under 25 have no work in Spain, and almost one in three young academics is unemployed. More than half of those young workers who are employed have so-called garbage contracts, which are often limited to just a few weeks. Even during the boom years, young people suffered from bad schools, expensive universities and a slim job market. Since the real estate bubble burst three years ago and the crisis erupted, young people, once again, are the ones suffering the most.

      In other parts of Europe, the situation among young people is not nearly as desperate as it is in Spain, Portugal or Greece. Still, many can identify with their frustration -- and offshoots of the protests are gradually reaching other European cities. Young people, albeit only a few hundred, have taken to the streets in Hamburg, Vienna and Rome.

    •  The conditioning in the U.S. is massive due (2+ / 0-)
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      Chaoslillith, lunachickie

      to the incredibly powerful influence of the (propagandist) U.S. media.  I'm trying to address this issue of a resistance and protest movement is this diary:

      Organized Resistance - American Style

  •  So much for my idea to move to (1+ / 0-)
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    somewhere in the EU. They're worse off than us.

    Preemptive war is like committing suicide for fear of death

    by thestructureguy on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 12:47:19 PM PDT

    •  yup (0+ / 0-)

      there are still places to go, but any EU country is not the place.

      REPEAL the Telecomm Act & REVIEW this decision. NO journalist should be fired because their boss can't have the truth told.

      by lunachickie on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 01:31:58 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Troll humor!! Funny stuff, guys!! (2+ / 0-)
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        Chaoslillith, rick

        Had a really good belly laugh reading these two comments! You guys can't be serious!! Compared to the states, it's still a paradise! Consider:

        1. universal public health care
        2. very good public transit, including high speed trains across the continent
        3. strong consumer protection
        4. strong unions
        5. educated populace
        6. as yet largely uncorrupted media (varies from country to country)
        7. a multiparty parlimentary system which
        8. includes public funded elections
        9. a concerted move towards renewable energy
        10. etc etc etc

        Yeah things are heating up here, but its like the residents of a 5 star hotel complaining about the air conditioning being on the blink and the poor bastards in Hell saying, "See, they're suffering, too!"

        •  Oh, come on (0+ / 0-)

          don't these countries now have very strict entry requirements for expats? I'd LOVE to go there, but I don't think they'd have me at this point.

          And I'll thank you to not call me a troll--I've been looking into expatriating for a number of years now, I just gave up on the EU because they're probably not looking for Americans at this point in time.

          Guess I didn't make that clear enough...

          REPEAL the Telecomm Act & REVIEW this decision. NO journalist should be fired because their boss can't have the truth told.

          by lunachickie on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 05:41:30 PM PDT

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          •  My apologies... (0+ / 0-)

            to lunachickie. I was responding primarily to the comment of therestructureguy, with his stupid statement that "they're worse off than us." THAT I suspect is trollishness. However, I sympathize with those who truly think of trying to come here, because yes, it has gotten significantly more difficult in the last 15 years or so. Without a family connection (Italian or German parents, etc.) or marriage to an EU national, it's pretty much impossible. I count my lucky stars that I had the good fortune to (a) see that handwriting on the wall back in the 80's and (b) have the conviction to take action while the gettin'-in was still good for Americans.

  •  Birthplace or No, We're One of the 1st Modern (3+ / 0-)
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    ones, and we're beginning to see clues why nobody copied our system.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 12:53:09 PM PDT

  •  ? (0+ / 0-)
    I find it odd that Europe is more willing to let the young people protest than the US. the "birthplace of Democracy"

    People here protest all the fucking time.  Maybe you just need to pay attention.
  •  Plenty of interesting discussions... (2+ / 0-)
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    Chaoslillith, petral

    taking place in Europe, especially Spain, about whether parliamentary democracy is worth saving or more fundamental changes are necessary.  These debates includes not only the goals of the current movement but also how it conducts itself.

    Spanish Revolution at a Crossroads

    Until now. The Real Democracy Now occupations have become the vessel to channel all this resistance and outrage. But as the central occupations steadily dissipate with the passing of time, internal debates are raging that have not been reflected on the outside, neither in the pedantic journalism with which the media hope to subtly patronize the movement and discipline it towards greater pragmatism, nor in the triumphant and populist manifestos broadcast throughout cyberspace. These debates mark a strategic watershed that may determine whether the structures of protest we create will be used against us, as has happened so often in the past, or whether on a general scale we can finally identify and attack the social structures responsible for the array of privations we've suffered for as long as we can remember.

    A skeptical view of the occupations can help us see what is valuable in them, and what is self-defeating. To anyone who was already paying attention to resistance at the grassroots in Spain before May 15, it is undeniable that thousands of people were already taking action, often at the neighborhood level or in the workplace, in response to the economic and social war being waged against them. Nor is the approaching end of the occupation movement an end to this web of struggle. In Barcelona, many pre-existing neighborhood assemblies have started weekly meetings and protests in their local plazas, while several neighborhoods that did not previously have an assembly are now forming them. In other cities, struggles against mortgage evictions or ecologically devastating development projects are continuing with renewed vigor and visibility.

    What was useful about the occupations was that they provided a space for people to meet, for oldtimers to hear new voices and for newcomers to find accomplices; they revealed a collective strength; and they created a rupture with the quotidian reality that has us convinced of the illusion of social peace transmitted daily by the media. Only in such a rupture can people begin to realize that the current system is neither inevitable nor accidental but a deliberate sham that we can and must dismantle. Only in such a gathering can people see that society is more than the cubicle, the checkout line, the metro, that we have the power to make something new. And in the occupations, our capacity for spontaneous self-organization was revealed. No matter how big the crowds grew, in every city people were able to meet all the logistical needs that arose, either informally or through the official structures of general assemblies and commissions.

    •  I'll try to post a diary (2+ / 0-)
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      Chaoslillith, goinsouth

      Tomorrow the Barcelona encampment of the "indignats" moves from Plaça Catalunya to the the park surrounding the Catalan Parliament in preparation for what is looking to be a massive shut-down of same on Wednesday, the day they plan to discuss a raft of cuts to essential services. Should be interesting!

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