Bank of Italy Head: Young People Right to be IndignantWorld | October 15, 2011, Saturday // 18:50| views
In Rome, scene of one of the biggest rallies, riot police charged protesters after several cars were set alight and militants vandalised property. Photo by EPA/BGNES
As rallies against alleged corporate greed and government cutbacks hit cities around the world on Saturday, the chief of the Bank of Italy has sent the protesters an unexpected message of support.
"Young people are right to be indignant," chief of the Bank of Italy, Mario Draghi, was quoted by Italian media as saying in informal comments at the G20 summit in Paris.
"They're angry against the world of finance. I understand them... We adults are angry about the crisis. Can you imagine people who are in their twenties or thirties?"
Draghi is set to take over as head of the European Central Bank (ECB) next month.
In Rome, scene of one of the biggest rallies, riot police charged protesters after several cars were set alight and militants vandalised property.
Inspired by the Occupy Wall St movement and Spain's "Indignants", demonstrators turned out from Asia to Europe.
Organizers expect rallies in 82 countries, with the action due to come full circle in New York.
They said on their website that the aim was to "initiate the global change we want".
"United in one voice, we will let politicians, and the financial elites they serve, know it is up to us, the people, to decide our future," it said.
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