Occupy Damrak in 12 pictures

Occupy Damrak in 12 pictures

Oct 18, 2011 |  by  |  Event, Photos
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This past Saturday, October 15th, people in 951 cities took streets and squares to protest as one voice against capitalism, corruption and a false democracy. Some people of Amsterdam participated in this worldwide movement, and gathered in front of Beurs Van Berlage , the stock market exchange headquarters. According to John Van Dijk, money is power and wealth is distributed unevenly. “The wealth of the world is controlled only by few,” Van Dijk said, “some people work hard and they barely manage to survive.”

Supporters of the cause sat peacefully, and talked with each other sharing ideas and points of view. There were signs with various messages, from “Love=Sharing”, “Power to the People”, to more confrontational statements, “No one should control the money.” While walking among the protesters, I sensed a true concern for inequality, abuse and social discrimination.

Whether these protests will be successful, it’s uncertain. There is, however, a strong divide between the haves and have-nots. Some countries economies are collapsing and not all will suffer the consequences. But, who has the power to decide? You?

Photos by Andrea Huls

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