The demonstration this afternoon attracts attention all over the world. The press highlights global membership of "teachers, pensioners, health officials, unions, politicians and feminist groups" convened by the protest movement Fuck the Troika (consisting of 120 activists, writes the Spanish newspaper "ABC") and underline the indignation of the Portuguese. Quoting: Luisport
Okay, just trying to get a handle on this event.
When I see Teachers, Unions, Pensioners, Health "officials", grouped in with Politicians as the key protesters, I see
people whose income depends heavily on a growing government and increasing revenue.
This movement is protesting austerity measures (spending and revenue controls) due to severely imbalanced economic conditions.
This appears to be a socialist movement comprised of government dependents that is seeking to force on the rest of the country even more of what got them into grave financial trouble in the first place.
Portugal is not nearly alone as governments around the world have been allowed, even encouraged to borrow to infinity and have overgrown and over promised and indebted themselves beyond their ability to service their own hulking masses.
Portugal, Italy, Greece, Spain.
All in the same boat. All seeking even more socialism and many apparently in absolute denial of the fact that you cannot for long support an increasingly dependent population by forcefully plundering an ever-dwindling productive population.
Are the banks responsible? Sure, as are the governments, as are the people for taking refuge and finding comfort under the wing of a demon.