Saturday, October 1, 2011

11-09-29 Herald Tribune - Taking to the Streets... //Herald Tribune - saliendo a la calle ...// 先驱论坛报“ - 走上街头...

Herald Tribune continues to treat the story as something happeningonly outside the United States.

Walking out on the system ; In troubled times, faith in the ballot box fades and people take to streets

Article from: International Herald Tribune | September 29, 2011 | 

People in domocracies everywhere are rejecting traditional political solutions and taking their displeasure to the streets. 

Hundreds of thousands of disillusioned Indians cheer a rural activist on a hunger strike. Israel reels before the largest street demonstrations in its history. Enraged young people in Spain and Greece take over public squares across their countries.
Their complaints range from corruption to lack of affordable housing and joblessness, common grievances the world over. But from South Asia to the heartland of Europe and now even to Wall Street, these protesters share something else: wariness, even contempt, toward traditional politicians and the democratic political process they preside over.

They are taking to the streets, in part, because they have little faith in the ballot box.

"Our parents are grateful because they're voting," said Marta Solanas, 27, referring to older Spaniards' decades spent under the Franco dictatorship. "We're the first generation to say that voting is worthless."

Economics have been one driving force, with widening income inequality, high unemployment and recession-driven cuts in social spending breeding widespread malaise. Alienation runs especially deep in Europe, with boycotts and strikes that, in London and Athens, erupted into violence.

But even in India and Israel, where growth remains robust, protesters say they …

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