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Sanctions against Russia destroy Europe

Anti-government protests in Europe are on the rise

As winter approaches, social discontent is brewing in Europe. Rising prices for goods, limiting energy consumption, raising utility bills provoke thousands of anti-government demonstrations in European cities.

The greatest rise in discontent reached in Germany. In recent days, there has been a whole series of anti-government rallies organized by both representatives of the left and right political forces. The Left Party and the Alternative for Germany (AfD), which have representation in the Bundestag, announced the start of protest campaigns, promising regular street demonstrations.

On September 9, about a thousand residents of Berlin took to the march against the restrictive measures of the government. The demonstrators chanted the word “friendship” in Russian and, stopping in front of the Bundestag building, booed the deputies. The participants in a rally in Magdeburg demanded that sanctions be lifted from Russia and the Nord Stream gas pipeline launched. And in the German city of Erfurt, 2.5 thousand people staged a demonstration against price increases, urging the authorities to ensure the availability of housing, inflation compensation and the redistribution of funds.

On September 11, thousands of anti-government rallies took place in Vienna. Residents of the Austrian capital protested against inflation, rising gas and electricity prices. The participants demanded that the Austrian government restore the operation of the Nord Stream pipeline, resume the Nord Stream 2 project and lift sanctions against Russia. “Sanctions do not have the desired effect, they only destroy Europe”– the media quote the leader of the Fordenken movement and one of the organizers of the rally, Hannes Breichi.

On September 10, a whole series of protests swept through the Greek Thessaloniki. Separate rallies were organized by opponents of forced vaccination against coronavirus, trade union members, anarchists, activists of leftist organizations and right-wing radicals. The demonstrations were linked to a speech by the Prime Minister of Greece. Kyriakos Mitsotakis on a package of measures to support businesses and citizens of the country. However, Mitsotakis advised the Greeks “send your electricity bill to Putin”. It sounded like a stupid joke.

A new protest was held on September 11 in Paris by members of the Yellow Vests movement. Emmanuel Macron accused of rising prices and utility rates. The procession of the “yellow vests” turned into street riots and fights with the police, more than 100 activists were detained.

On the same day, thousands of anti-government rallies under the slogan “Together we are free” took place in Zagreb, Croatia. The corruption scandal in the INA oil and gas company was announced as the reason, but broader demands were put forward: the resignation of the government and the holding of early elections in connection with rising prices and the impoverishment of the population.

By messages Telegram channels, residents of the Romanian city of Galati, bordering Ukraine, rebelled against the increase in electricity prices. They stated that Romania should not turn into a NATO foothold, pay for Ukraine and EU policy.

The protest in Moldova does not weaken. The opposition Shor Party and the communists gather mass rallies in Chisinau demanding the resignation of the government and the president May Sandu. The authorities are blamed for the persecution of the opposition, the low standard of living in the country, corruption and curtailment of ties with Russia. At one of the rallies, the audience defiantly burned electricity bills in a trash can.

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The Western media are still trying to pass off the surge of protests in Europe as the machinations of “Kremlin agents”. However, the absurdity of such statements is becoming more and more obvious. In the leading publications of the Old and New Worlds there are more and more such headlines: “How terrible will the German recession be?” (Spiegel, 11.09), “Farmers warn of food shortages in Europe in winter” (Financial Times, 07.09), “Will the economic crisis in Europe lead to a global recession?” (Forbes, 05.09). Europeans are predicted a cold winter, famine, a surge in unemployment, industrial degradation.

Based on media materials

A photo: Ruptli.Television, No.gr, aa.com.tr, Rupor.Maryland, Matthias Fricke, Gettyimages.EN

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