Experiments with truth: 12/8/10

    • La Via Campesina—the world’s largest federation of peasant and smallholder farmers—held what they called the “1,000 Cancún Global Day of Action for Climate Justice” in which several thousand people took to the streets to march in protest of the UN climate summit.
    • Public transport in Athens and train services across Greece are shut down today as state workers protest cuts in wages and bonuses and the reorganization of state-controlled companies.
    • Iranian students have defied a security clampdown to stage anti-government protests throughout the country. Unconfirmed reports say about a dozen people have been arrested, including at Tehran University in the capital.
    • More than 10,000 supporters of Macedonia’s leading opposition party protested in the country’s capital to call for early elections, accusing the conservative government of mismanaging the economy and criticizing its failure to bring the country closer to the EU and NATO.


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