2011 was a year or protest, from Egypt and the Arab Spring, to Spain, Greece, Italy, Portugal, the U.S.A. and many more countries, the people got out there in the streets to try and take back their basic rights.
Last year was a revolutionary one. People all over the world had had enough of government corruption, big corporations and bankers, losing their human rights one by one, and they went to the streets and squares of their cities to make a stand.
October 15, 2011 saw the very first coordinated global action, 15O.
The people were United for Global change in more than 1,000 cities, in 82 countries, on every continent of the planet.
The map below shows the coverage of this worldwide protest.
Map of protests on October 15, 2011
One area that isn't marked on the map is Antarctica, where a group of people got together to support the worldwide protest with photos.
A list of the countries, with videos of the individual protests, can be seen here.
Throughout this time of civil disobedience, it became clear that not only have the political systems in place worldwide reached an advanced level of disintegration, but also that the governments do not represent the people. The banks take what they want, the people go without.
People have come together to make it clear that they are not commodities in the hands of the politicians and bankers, who impose austerity policies which are breaking the lives of the common man.
To quote Greek protesters "We owe nothing, we will not pay and will not sell ourselves!"
More important though is that the people also share a desire to take back their lives by means of direct participation, joint cooperation and ultimately desire a true democracy which serves all.
In international forums, both online and face-to-face, it has been decided that May 12th, 2012 shall be the next Global Day of Action, together with May 15, 2012 which will be a new Transnational Day of Mobilization.
Map showing protest areas in the world on May 12, 2012
On Saturday, May 12 (12M) a global day of action will be held where protesters worldwide will once again take to the streets and the squares and empower mass demonstrations.
While 15m was a global action to intervene in capital flows and mobility, and to bring awareness to the world, the new worldwide protest is about building a new democratic existence, to define new human, economic and social relationships and will provide us with that transformation of power relations between governments, capitalist rule and societies.
Among the cities ready to take to the streets that day are:
Soria, Menorca, Malaga, Ibiza, Vigo, Barcelona, Madrid, Tarragona, Santander, Valladolid, Zaragoza, Badalona, Spain; Bratislava, Slovakia; Belgrad, Serbia; Calgary, Toronto, Quebec, Canada; Oral, Kazakhstan; Kompassi, Finland, London, Manchester, England; Tirana, Albania; Klagenfurt, Austria; Toulouse, Paris, Montpellier, Marseille, Clermont Ferrand, France; Sidney, Australia; Lisbon, Portugal; New York, USA; Zurich, Switzerland; Patras, Greece; Amsterdam, Enschede, Netherlands; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Berlin, Dusseldorf, Freiberg, Bucharest, Romania; Moscow, Russia; Brussels, Belgium; Tucuman, La Plata, Argentina; Budapest, Gyor, Hungary...
More cities can be viewed here.
So, if you have also simply HAD ENOUGH, why not join a protest in a city near you on May 12, 2012? It was pretty darn big in 2011 and will hopefully be even bigger in 2012.
Also enjoy Occupy's latest fun video below:
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