A protester covers her mouth with a five Euro bill during a demonstration of several hundred people against banking and finance in Cologne, Germany, October 15, 2011. Protesters worldwide geared up for a cry of rage against bankers, financiers and politicians they accuse of ruining global economies and condemning millions to poverty and hardship through greed.
Photo: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters
Policemen (bottom) block protesters attending the Occupy Seoul rally near the Seoul Plaza in central Seoul, South Korea, October 15, 2011. About 1,000 people rallied in support of the worldwide cry of rage against bankers, financiers and politicians they accuse of ruining global economies and condemning millions to poverty and hardship through greed. Demonstrators also protested against the South Korea-U.S. free trade agreement (FTA), which, they insisted, will make common people sink into privation and conglomerates even more well-off. Korean characters read, “Stop South Korea-U.S. FTA!” (R) and “Punish (President) Lee Myung-bak's regime!”
Photo: Cho Sung-bong/Reuters
Protesters demonstrate against banking and finance in the streets of Berlin, Germany, October 15, 2011.
Photo: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters
Around 5000 “indignant” demonstrators stage a protest against politicians, banks, the economic crisis, and the European austerity measures in front of the Stock Exchange in Brussels, Belgium, October 15, 2011.
Photo: Sebastien Pirlet/Reuters
A protester holds a sign during the Occupy Toronto march in the financial district of Toronto, Canada, October 15, 2011. Protests inspired by the grassroots Occupy Wall Street movement erupted in cities worldwide as part of a global day of action.
Photo: Mike Cassese/Reuters
Thousands of demonstrators gather at Madrid, Spain's landmark Puerta del Sol as part of the United for Global Change movement against banking and finance, October 15, 2011.
Photo: Susana Vera/Reuters
A demonstrator holds up a sign in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery in Vancouver, British Columbia, during the Occupy Vancouver Protest, October 15, 2011.
Photo: Ben Nelms/Reuters
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Occupy Together activists hold signs during a gathering of demonstrators near the Monument of the Revolution in Mexico City, Mexico, October 15, 2011.
Photo: Claudia Daut/Reuters
A demonstrator wearing a Guy Fawkes mask holds a banner during a protest at the Portuguese parliament as part of the United for Global Change movement in Lisbon, Portugal, October 15, 2011.
Photo: Rafael Marchante/Reuters
Maria Antonia Bueno, 95, flashes a victory sign while protesting in her wheelchair as part of the United for Global Change movement against banking and finance in Malaga, Spain, October 15, 2011. The banner reads: “I am 95 years old and I am here.”
Photo: Jon Nazca/Reuters
Demonstrators take part in the Occupy Dame Street protest in Dublin, Ireland, October 12, 2011. The protest was inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement that started in the U.S.
Photo: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters
Protesters hold placards with slogans in front of the office of the American Chamber of Commerce in Manila’s financial district of Makati, October 14, 2011. Dozens of Filipino left-wing activists marched through the capital’s business district in solidarity with the global Occupy Wall Street movement, a protest against economic inequality, and to oppose the Philippines’ move to fully privatize utilities and industries.
Photo: John Javellana/Reuters
Demonstrators camp outside St Paul’s Cathedral in central London, U.K., October 16, 2011. Around 250 people who feel bankers and politicians should be held accountable for the global economic crisis promise to occupy the site indefinitely.
Photo: Olivia Harris/Reuters
Demonstrators camp outside the headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt, Germany, October 17, 2011. Dozens of protesters are staying there to show their anger at bankers and politicians over the global economic crisis.
Photo: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters
A boy holds a placard during an Occupy Tokyo protest march in Tokyo, Japan, October 15, 2011.
Photo: Issei Kato/Reuters
An activist wearing a mask with New Taiwan dollar notes takes part in a protest in Taipei, Republic of China, October 15, 2011. More than a hundred protesters gathered in front of Taiwan’s landmark Taipei 101 building in response to the global Occupy Together movement against unfair wealth distribution.
Photo: Pichi Chuang/Reuters
Protesters of the Occupy Sydney movement hold signs in front of the Reserve Bank of Australia in central Sydney, Australia, October 15, 2011.
Photo: Lukas Coch/Reuters
A young boy reacts as he watches a demonstrator wearing a cape with fake bank notes during the Occupy Paradeplatz protest in front of Swiss banks UBS and Credit Suisse in Zurich, Switzerland, October 15, 2011.
Photo: Christian Hartmann/Reuters
A banner protesting Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is close to a burning Carabinieri police vehicle during a demonstration by the Indignant group in Rome, Italy, October 15, 2011. Demonstrators rallied on Saturday across the world, but only in Rome did the global “day of rage” erupt into violence. The words on the banner read: “Throw the shoes to Silvio.”
Saturday, October 15, 2011: Galvanized by the Occupy Wall Street movement, demonstrators rallied across the world to accuse bankers and politicians of wrecking economies. The protests began in New Zealand, rippled east to Europe, touched most European capitals and other major cities, and returned to their starting point in New York.
Only in Rome did the global “day of rage” erupt into violence.