A total Western Media Blackout of the Massive anti-austerity strikes and protests swept across Europe as millions took to the streets to express their frustration over rising unemployment, austerity, injustice, an end to the “war on terror,” an end to the surveillance society, justice to the banks who stole nations worth of wealth, and noise to the dire economic prospects ahead. Many rallies ended with violent clashes with police.
Workers marched in 23 countries across Europe to mark the European Day of Action and Solidarity. General strikes had been called in Spain and Portugal, paralyzing public services and international flights, in Belgium and France transport links were partially disrupted by strikes and demonstrations, in Italy and Greece thousands of workers and students marched through the streets.
Other EU countries, such as Germany, Austria and Poland, saw well attended union-led rallies. The Europe-wide strike action, the largest in a series of protests against the austerity policies, was coordinated by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and promoted on Twitter under the “14N” hashtag.