Thursday, November 24, 2011

2011 Portrait of a Country

"Today's debt is yesterday's theft by the dominant class" 

"Arrest the thieves and get the millions back"

- March 12: 200.000 protesters marched in Lisbon (top)
- October 15: 100.000 protesters marched in Lisbon (bottom)
- Today: the country is paralyzed, there's a general strike

30 comments:

ladyfi said...

Amen! The fat cats get richer - but what about the rest of us?

brattcat said...

thanks for these images, thanks for the translations.

Dina said...

So good that the people can have their say, and in a bloodless way.

Olivier said...

un beau mouvement et il y a du monde dans la rue

Babzy said...

i'm sure we'll see more and more people protesting !

Birdman said...

... hahaha! I'm eatin' turkey!

Halcyon said...

Interesting message.

Woody said...

I hope the demonstrations remain peaceful, I'd hate for anyone to get hurt. Thank you for the translations.

Stickup Artist said...

I'm glad of it. Where I live, there is little to no interest in these important issues unless you are directly affected, and the status quo remains solidly in place. I see movements on the news, but they get a ton of bad and inaccurate press which the majority of people buy into.

Sylvia K said...

We are seeing sights/signs like this all over the world these days -- I wonder if the leaders/government get the message or are they even more blind than we thought???? When will they wake up??? or will they, at least in time to make the changes needed. Great post, JM!

Sylvia

PerthDailyPhoto said...

That's a lot of angry people, well captured JM.

Clytie said...

The crowds of protestors around the world just get bigger don't they? I've been watching how the various countries are responding to these protests ... and it's been very enlightening.

magiceye said...

same chaos worldwide!

cieldequimper said...

Not that this will change anything but I sincerely hope we aren't moving into far worse days, revolutionary ones...

VP said...

It's always easier to march or protest against the 'others', but everybody was an accomplice in this looting of our states.
We do not live (yet) under a dictatorship, so where were these guys when all this happened? Getting freebies here and there and happily keeping mum!

JM said...

@VP: When all this happened people had no idea what was going on because they always were told everything was fine! Politicians lied as much as they could in order to get a victory on the next elections. After all this time, scandals are still 'coming to the surface' and everyone realizes how much more corrupt many of them were! And it's always the same who pay the crisis - the easy targets - while the responsables remain untouchable! Our former PM, who doubled the debt in 6 years (!!!) is now happily living in Paris! And you want people to be quiet? Empty pockets and silence is what you think is the right attitude???

RedPat said...

The world seems to be in a precarious position now! Well-captured.

Inger-M said...

Thanks for sharing this! We hear about what goes on in Greece, not so much about Portugal.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh gosh -- the Occupy movement is one protest I can definitely support. Is it going to work in your country? I will be following the news.

Randy said...

These are great protest shots. The whole world needs to go on a general strike!

Sharon said...

Well said JM!!

T. Becque said...

I find the good in the fact that people are speaking up.

Cezar and Léia said...

Triste momento vivido pela Europa...
God bless you!
Cezar

Peter said...

However, the messages were so right... ! I don't like what's happening, but I like the way you in a simple way describe things! :-)

Gunn said...

This is important streetshots! They do NOT look happy, and I understand them, - even without living there.

When will politicians understand that they are in their positions to serve the people?


We have more and more people arriving in Norway, from many European countries, including Portugal, Spain and Greece. Many of them have good qualifications, but I guess most of them have to take whatever type of work, and also try to learn Norwegian!

Francisca said...

As the Chinese curse goes... interesting times we live in.

Lowell said...

I love these vivid visuals of your protests! It's nice to see people around the world who have finally had enough and are willing to stand up for the rights of all humans!

I knew not of your surgery. I'm so sorry. But it appears to have been successful. I share your feelings. My knee surgery was August 25 and I still feel the effects quite strongly. Not much fun!

My best wishes to you for a fast and full recovery!

Cildemer said...

Des clichés très réussis!
Ce qui se passe actuellement à travers le monde est lamentable!
Et c'est triste à dire, mais je pense que la crise ne fait que commencer!

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Bon rétablissement et à bientôt****

Milton Ostetto said...

Uma reportagem muito interessante, temos que apoiar os movimentos populares, nós trabalhamos e os políticos levam nosso dinheiro
abraço
Milton

Haddock said...

Today's debt..... that is so true in many ways.