Thousands protest economic crisis in Berlin

17th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

The Berlin protest took place as around 20,000 demonstrators, mainly trade unionists, marched through the Czech capital Prague, to condemn the recently toppled right-wing government's measures to tackle the economic crisis.

Berlin -- Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through Berlin Saturday in a protest called by European trades unions demanding state action to save jobs threatened by the economic crisis, police said.

The head of Germany's IG Metall union, Berthold Huber, told the crowds the government needed to intervene to save jobs and industries.

"A lot of activities are threatened if the politicians don't do something," he said, adding that hundreds of thousands of jobs were at stake.

Germany's trade union confederation, the DGB, estimated the turn-out in Berlin at 100,000 people.

The Berlin protest took place as around 20,000 demonstrators, mainly trade unionists, marched through the Czech capital Prague, to condemn the recently toppled right-wing government's measures to tackle the economic crisis.

Both gatherings were part of a series of protests around Europe organised by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)

Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Madrid on Thursday and Brussels on Friday as part of the same series of demonstrations.

The ETUC campaign ahead of next month's elections to the European Parliament is pressing for governments to take action to prevent ordinary workers from bearing the burden of the economic crisis.

AFP/Expatica

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