Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Reuters reports that tens of thousands of people around the world took to the streets Saturday to reiterate their anger at the global financial system, corporate greed and government cutbacks with rallies held in more than 900 cities in Europe, Africa and Asia. “United in one voice, we will let politicians, and the financial elites they serve, know it is up to us, the people, to decide our future,” said organizers of the global demonstration on their Web site demanding a “true democracy.” The demonstrations by the disaffected coincided with the Group of 20 meeting in Paris, where finance ministers and central bankers from major economies were holding talks on the debt and deficit crises afflicting many Western countries. Crowds around the world were largely peaceful but the demonstration in Rome turned violent as clashes in the Italian capital left dozens injured, including several police officers. In London Wikileaks leader Julian Assange made a dramatic appearance, bursting through the police lines just after 2.30pm, accompanied by scores of supporters where he climbed the cathedral steps near St Paul's to condemn "greed" and "corruption" and attacked the City of London, accusing its financiers of money laundering and tax avoidance"
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