When the People’s Alliance For Democracy seized the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok and caused the collapse of the Thai government late last year, few were probably foreseeing a future where the same events could transpire throughout the Western World–but that time may be quickly approaching.
In Germany protesters are chanting “We Are Not Paying For Your Crisis,”, and violent civil disobedience, such as random automobile torching, is on a dramatic rise. German unemployment has been exploding, and youth in the country are rebelling against a future they do not perceive as having opportunities for them.
Anarchy and violent protest has swept into the Madagascara capital of Antananarivo, where more than 100 have died in political unrest in a little more than a month. Opposition leader Andry Rajoelina is seeking the downfall of current President Marc Ravalomanana.
Demonstrations of up to 5,000 people are becoming increasing common in the Ukraine as a myriad of economic ills lambaste the population; non-payment of wages, increasing taxes and unemployment, the devaluing of the local currency. Street vendors, truck drivers, and many others have demonstrated against the government while banks fail and the economy stiffens.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin warned the citizenry of Russia not to consider economic protests, lest they face his endless wrath. A car tax that has hit the far eastern port of Vladivostok–where importing second hand cars from the auctions in Japan is the single prevailing industry–set off protests in January, but thus far the fear of government reprisal has kept the situation in Russia under control. Unemployment continues to rise, and Putin and his government face an election ballot in the near-term future.
Fears have begun to rise in Europe that a complete collapse of the European Union could be in the near term, or at least a inglorious collapse of the newest, Eastern European block, whose calls for a comprehensive bailout was squashed by Germany, Europe’s most robust economy, and received little support from anywhere else. London will be the sight of an upcoming G20 meeting, and local authorities are preparing not only for a sophisticated public protest and backlash to the meeting, but that this will prove to be an opening salvo in what they are calling “a summer of rage”.
Venezuela, the oil-titan whose social spending throughout South and Central America have engendered continent wide support and outstripped similar spending by the United States at a rate of $100-1$ for the last several years, has been plagued by the dramatic decline in the price of crude oil, and the recent Stanford Banking scandal has put it on a precarious point of economic collapse, and while President-For-Life Hugo Chavez has tried to reassure citizens that their holdings were secure, he has recently also had to dispatch troops to quell a rice uprising.
But this could never creep into the United States of America, could it?
It already has.
The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) has started to use a series of protests and civil disobedience to “use any means necessary” to prevent the reclamation by authorities of homes which have been foreclosed upon. In addition to the ACORN organized protests, violence is on the rise in several states in the US between repo-men and the people from whom they are repossessing.
“Tea Parties” have swept across the country in successive weeks in response to the spontaneous call by CNBC commentator Rick Santelli on live television against the recently announced response by President Obama to the Housing Foreclosure Crisis, as well as what is perceived by many to be excessive tax increases, excessive spending, and little done to guarantee future economic growth. Protests have sprung up in St. Louis, Missouri; Nashville; Jacksonville; Wichita, Kan.; Lansing, Mich.; Omaha, Neb.; Houston; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; San Diego; and Washington, D.C.
Spiegel Online, GERMAN ANTI-GLOBALIZATION CAMPAIGNER ‘We’re Not Paying For Your Crisis!’, 2/26/2009 Bloomberg.com,Arsonists Torch Berlin Porsches, BMWs on Economic Woe, by Brett Neely
BBC News, Fears of anarchy in Madagascar, 2/28/2009
Financial Times.com, Ukraine risks unrest as ills worsen, by Stefan Wagstyl and Roman Olearchyk
Reuters UK, Russia’s Putin warns against economic protests, by Oleg Shchedrov
International Herald Tribune, Economic crisis threatens the idea of one Europe, by Steven Erlanger and Stephen Castle
Associated Content, Street Fighting Professional Protesters Ramping Up for “Summer of Rage”, Michael J. Bernard
The Wall Street Journal, Stanford Bank Collapse Threatens Venezuela, by John Lyons
Associated Content, “This is Our House Now”: ACORN Home Defenders Campaign Sees First Arrest in Baltimore, by Michael J. Bernard
Associated Press, Violence between repo men, car owners on the rise, by Jay Reeves
Associated Content, New American Tea Party Stands Up for Responsible Americans Against Looters and Moochers, Michael J. Bernard