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Experiments with truth: 5/21/10

  • Activists have put up tents and opened a protest camp they are calling Democracy Village in London.  They are mainly protesting problems with the recent election, as well as the war in Afghanistan and British capitalism, but the police have told them to leave before Parliament opens next week.
  • Greenpeace activists climbed BP’s London headquarters yesterday to hang a flag accusing the company of polluting the environment.  The flag read, “BP: British Polluters,” a play on British Petroleum.
  • 20,000 Greeks marched to parliament in Athens yesterday in continued protest of severe austerity measures.
  • Tens of thousands of people gathered in Bucharest, the Romanian capital, on Wednesday to protest incipient wage cuts planned by the government.
  • Thousands of nurse-anesthetists staged a sit-in at a Paris train station yesterday and demanded greater professional recognition and higher salaries.  The blockade halted rail traffic.
  • 250 students and workers at the University of Illinois in Chicago protested high administrative salaries and tuition increases as they gathered outside a Board of Trustees meeting yesterday.
  • 160 United Steelworkers members gathered in Washington, DC yesterday to protest Mexican President Felipe Calderón’s visit to the U.S.  Ralliers denounced Calderón’s treatment of workers in his country and referred specifically to the Cananea mine workers, who have been on strike since 2007.
  • Dairy farmers gathered with milk cans and cows in towns across Colombia on Wednesday to protest a new trade accord with the EU; they say they cannot compete with subsidized European farmers.
  • Inmates of a Japanese immigration center have been on hunger strike for more than a week after recent deaths of fellow residents.  They are also demanding to be released.