"Occupy Norway" protest held in Oslo   2011-10-16 03:46:58 FeedbackPrintRSS

OSLO, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- A few dozens of "Occupy Norway" protesters gathered on the square in front of the Norwegian parliament building in Oslo on Saturday, joining the global agitation to show solidarity with the U.S. "Occupy Wall Street" protesters against what they called the corrupt financial system represented by the Wall Street financial institutions.

The peaceful demonstration began at 12 o'clock local time (1000 GMT) as police kept a close watch from nearby.

The protesters belong to different groups. Some called for taxing financial speculations globally and using Norway's oil fund for alternative energy projects while others questioned the relevance of the Western political system of representative democracy.

Some of the placards the protesters held read: "Say no to the corrupt financial system," "Say yes to a better world," "Norway is getting richer and richer but money could not be something to eat."

Aurelio Aguirre, an internet organizer for protest, said, "Even Norway is at the top of the world, things aren't perfect here. And besides, it is time for a change. Why do we have a representative democracy? It was created in the 1700s. We can do much better today. But we need the will to make a change."

Saturday's protest was organized in response to a global call for support to the month-old protest in the financial district of New York, which has spread quickly in the United States and even beyond the American borders now.

Sjur Papazian, a secondary school teacher in Oslo, said, "We live in a very unstable time because the financial industry is growing and the differences between the rich and the poor are growing too."

"Today is the big turning point. From now on they are going to make a more just world and a better system which function much better the old one which is from the past. The capitalist world order has to disappear and a new one is coming," Papazian said.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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