Op-ed: Seems like a lot of people in the western world are angry and rightly so.
Years of lies about austerity and supposed necessary cuts to services and life-saving budgets while the rich simply get that bit richer.
In March American journalist Robert Weller asked "Why is America so angry?"
It is now more than a month later and angry protesters are on the streets in parts of the UK, USA, Iceland and France.
New York, USA
"31 People Arrested Outside New York City Hotel Hosting Republican Gala" reports ABC News Friday. Protests turned violent Thursday evening as people gathered near midtown Manhattan's Grand Hyatt Hotel, where the New York State Republican Gala was being held.
"The hotel hosted a group of GOP donors and political heavyweights, as well as the presidential hopefuls, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich" and some of the protesters gained access to the hotel.
Proposed labour-law reforms have incensed French workers, especially the young, and protests have been on going. What began as 390,000 students and labour union members marching in parts of France to protest the reforms has snowballed into a new movement. The number of people protesting continues to increase.
As the New York Times puts it "Calling itself Nuit Debout — roughly translatable as “Standing Up at Night” — the movement recalls Spain’s 2011 anti-austerity Indignados movement and the Occupy movement in the United States. But there are also echoes of France’s own history of popular revolt, including the student-led protests of May 1968."
Protests continue in Iceland; the Prime Minister of Iceland may have resigned but the people want the government that they view as rotten, to fall.
Saturday the People's Assembly are staging a huge protest rally and March in London. People from across the UK, from different professions and various age groups, will descend on London in an anti-austerity gathering.
Saturday April 9 a hastily advertised protest demanding UK PM David Cameron resign following his handling of the panama leaked data information was held. It was billed as a gathering to continue until Cameron resigns.
That protest will meet up with the mainstream protest Saturday and it looks set to be a huge event.
There will be a smattering of celebrities including singer Charlotte Church.
Georgie Harrison who is a fairly recent writer at NEWTEKWORLDNEWS is hoping to attend and we will publish her images and words from the day as available.
Many of us will be with the protesters at least in spirit.
On a personal note family members who live on the south coast of England in Hastings will be attending a Solidarity event Saturday.
So Saturday in the UK will be a day of protest in cities around the UK and although the mainstream media may opt to cover the story minimally citizen journalists will fill in for them.
From March - Stand up to racism Corbyn 50yrs+ appeal
But remember some of the so-called age related benefits is money paid for over many years of hard work.
There is also a line of thought that if young voters had employed common sense when they voted the Tories would not be in office. Bypassing elections to make some sort of political stand is all well and good but we all have to live with the consequences of voter apathy and indecisiveness.
But having got that opinion out of the way it is still Kudos to those rallying Saturday.
One speaker will be Russell Brand a high-profile celebrity who actively encouraged people not to vote on May 7 before doing a U Turn and trying to promote Labour leader Ed Miliband in the eleventh hour.
Other speakers include singer Charlotte Church, Len McCluskey of the Unite union, firefighters' leader Matt Wrack, Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn and Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness.
A good mix for a die-hard Labour supporter and left-winger such as myself; however Jeremy Corbyn's appearance will seal his fate in the Labour leadership election race. If against the odds he is still elected leader sadly Labour will not win at the polls unless Tory pain is widespread and extreme.
Protesters from around the country will descend on London and will march from the City of London to Westminster.
Other speakers will include Kate Hudson, general secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament who said ahead of the protest mass mobilisation was key to persuading the new Government not to renew the Trident nuclear weapons. Lindsey German, convenor of the Stop The War Coalition, told the Scottish Herald: "I will be marching because I am fed up with all the main parties saying they are going to promote austerity. They have made the rich richer and the poor poorer and they're going to continue."
If you unablke to attend show your support to the protesters by tweeting #NoMoreAusterity @pplsassembly plus #JuneDemo and #EndAusterityNow.
Good luck to all those taking part and above all stay safe.