Saturday, October 15, 2011

Protests in Rome lead to clashes with police

Media accounts say today's demonstrations in Italy against (what protesters describe as) corporate greed have turned violent, leading to arrests.

Russia Today appears to be among the first TV outfits posting video of European events on-line:

Russia Today via

I'm struck by the new narrative protesters are using to describe today's European protests.

When Occupy Wall Street began, organizers said they were building on the demonstration movements of the Middle East, Greece and Spain. Today, the narrative has shifted, now demonstrators and the media credit Occupy Wall Street as the genesis of today's demonstrations in Europe. Seems to me, either the protesters or the media, or both, are talking in circles.

Irregardless of where they started, I find it harder and harder to buy the fantasy that these demonstrations are grassroots or spontaneous.

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