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Vatican paper analyzes protests against financial system

October 21, 2011

The "Occupy Wall Street" protest, and similar demonstrations that have occurred in cities around the Western world, reflect the fears and frustrations of young people, suggests an analysis in L'Osservatore Romano:

The anger of protestors who for months now have invaded the public squares of half the world is that of a generation at a standstill, disillusioned by dreams of narcissistic and quarrelsome fathers. The slow death of liberalism of the 80’s and 90’s, is leaving us with a world split in two: countries that are no longer growing and are populated by a mass of unemployed, and countries that are growing too much and paying a high price in terms of rights, respect for the environment and growing poverty.

The Vatican newspaper essay by Luca Possati sees young protesters reacting to the high unemployment and pervasive insecurity among young people.


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