Breaking The Bank

by
Abby Zimet

There are bankers hanging in effigy and police pelted with fruit and Easter bunnies hopping through police cordons, but amidst the G-20 protests in London one iconic moment stands out – angry protesters breaking into the heavily guarded, bailed-out  Bank of Scotland, and spray-painting it with "Thieves." Every now and then, symbolism is all.

At least
4,000 anarchists, anti-capitalists, environmentalists and others jammed
into London's financial district for what they called "Financial Fool's
Day" with signs that read "Banks are evil," "Eat the bankers," and "0% interest in others." Earlier, they tried to storm the historic Bank of England but were turned back by baton-wielding police.

"The greed that is driving people is tearing us apart," said Steve Lamont. Activist and musician Billy Bragg agreed.

"It's
better than sitting down shouting at the television at these bankers,"
he said. "We cannot go back to the way things were before to the
million-dollar bonus culture."

 

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