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Belgium: Thousands rally against the Troika in Brussels

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March 14, 2013 at 15:17 GMT +00:00 · Published

Belgium: Thousands rally against the Troika in Brussels

The 27 leaders of the European Union met Thursday to discuss an exit strategy of the financial crisis during the spring summit in Brussels. Thousands of trade unionists and political activists gathered in the city centre to demonstrate against the austerity measures that have been put into effect by the so-called Troika (the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund).

The European Trade Union Association, together with For A European Spring and Bloccupy, protested within the designated area in Parc du Cinquantenaire and complained that the police banned protests and marching outside this zone. Pascoe Sabido, one leader from For A European Spring, said that "We want to be marching past the banks, past the seats of government, past the people who actually have a say in what goes on. And the police have banned us from doing that -I think it's an outrage!"

The Italian, Romanian, Bulgarian and Slovenian governments have recently resigned from office, the last three ousted from power by mass protests. Portugal, Spain and Greece confront strikes and demonstrations almost on a daily basis, as the German government continues to push forward 'structural reforms' to withstand the collapse of the single currency market.

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Belgium: Thousands rally against the Troika in Brussels

The 27 leaders of the European Union met Thursday to discuss an exit strategy of the financial crisis during the spring summit in Brussels. Thousands of trade unionists and political activists gathered in the city centre to demonstrate against the austerity measures that have been put into effect by the so-called Troika (the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund).

The European Trade Union Association, together with For A European Spring and Bloccupy, protested within the designated area in Parc du Cinquantenaire and complained that the police banned protests and marching outside this zone. Pascoe Sabido, one leader from For A European Spring, said that "We want to be marching past the banks, past the seats of government, past the people who actually have a say in what goes on. And the police have banned us from doing that -I think it's an outrage!"

The Italian, Romanian, Bulgarian and Slovenian governments have recently resigned from office, the last three ousted from power by mass protests. Portugal, Spain and Greece confront strikes and demonstrations almost on a daily basis, as the German government continues to push forward 'structural reforms' to withstand the collapse of the single currency market.

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