Julian Assange from WikiLeaks addresses protestors in London
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Saturday joined over 1,000 protestors in London and thousands of others in Rome and elsewhere across the world to protest against deep budget cuts and corporate greed.
Reports from Rome said clashes erupted when riot police intervened after a small group of masked militants attacked property. Police used tear gas and water, and baton-charged the crowd.
Millions across Europe have been affected by the chain of events sparked off by economic downturn, huge budget deficits and job losses. Greece, Spain, Italy and Britain have been particularly affected in recent years.
In London, demonstrators were pushed back by police as they tried to march from St. Paul’s Cathedral to the London Stock Exchange.
Addressing the gathering, Mr. Assange said: “One of the reasons why we support what is happening here in Occupy London is because the banking system in London is the recipient of corrupt money”.
Protestors carried placards reading ‘Goldman Sachs in the Work of the Devil’ and ‘Strike Back’, but the protests were peaceful.
A spokesperson of Scotland Yard said that the protest was largely peaceful, but one person was arrested for assaulting a police officer.
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