Green Party lends backing to 'economic defiance'

By agency reporter
18 Oct 2011

The Green Party in England and Wales has pledged its "full support" to the thousands of protesters taking to the streets in in London, New York, Sydney, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Athens, Berlin, Rome and beyond.

Peaceful protest has spread to major cities across three continents in a show of defiance against a world economic system that has been engineered to furnish a global financial elite.

"Across the world, people are coming together to demand a new economic system that enriches society instead of undermining it," say the Greens, declaring that they "share the aspirations of the thousands of people across the world calling for a new and democratic global financial system."

Politicians and analysts from a number of backgrounds have outlined an ambitious set of 'Green New Deal' policies that would seek to strengthen and diversify a UK economy that is currently over dependent upon a diseased banking sector.

Green Party leader, Caroline Lucas, commented: “As awareness increases of the injustice and unsustainability of the global economic system, more and more people are taking to the streets in opposition. The camp that has been set up a stone's throw from London Stock Exchange is an opportunity to explore a different kind of future to the one the mainstream political parties have constructed."

She continued: “The authorities must respect the right to peaceful protest. If they have any sense, they will also start to listen to the voices of those ordinary - and extraordinary people - who want to invest in a greener, fairer future rather than the stocks-and-shares house of sand that sustains corporate capitalism.”

Jenny Jones, Green Party Candidate for London Mayor and London AM, attending the demonstrations at St Paul's Cathedral, added: “The protests are a clear indication of the frustration felt by many people over the current economic and political situation. It is very difficult to stomach deep cuts to public services and massive increases to youth unemployment while the financial sector continues to enrich a small section of society and trade beyond the reaches of taxation and regulation."

“I agree with the demonstrators' concerns and believe that profound change to the way parts of economy are run is urgently needed. As has been seen this year in The Arab Spring, there is great value in popular protests highlighting injustice and inequality and bringing about change," said Ms Jones.

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