On May Day protesters from the Occupy group planned demonstrations across the world, chiefly against financial institutions.
Bloomberg reported Tuesday that the group, while it also planned to advocate for other causes, was mainly targeting financial policies and what it called abuses of power and wealth. Websites in numerous cities from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur advocate general strikes, although in Sydney there was a march against coal seam gas developers.
Reuters reported that unions across Europe protested austerity measures in advance of French and Greek elections, with Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal and France all seeing marches against policies that, aimed at driving down sovereign debt, have resulted in widespread unemployment and cuts in pensions and benefits.
Lisbon expected tens of thousands of demonstrators from the country’s two largest unions to come out in force there and in other cities. In Greece, police were preparing in case protests turned violent, as they have in a number of instances. About 5,000 marchers—workers, pensioners and students—carried banners advocating taxation of the wealthy as they headed for Parliament.