Heralds "A New Age Of Rebellion"
2009 heralds the start of a "new age of rebellion" according to an editorial in the highly influential London Times newspaper, and the year in which masses of people will take to the streets to riot in response to drastically falling standards of living.
Riot police were again deployed to combat demonstrators in Iceland last night after protesters all but stormed the parliament building in Reykjavik during its first session of chamber after the Christmas holiday. Icelandic Prime Minister Geir Haarde also became the target of an angry mob today who pelted his car with eggs.
According to a London Guardian report, the Icelandic government is now on the verge of collapse as "the first revolution in the history of the republic" unfolds.
Similar scenes have unfolded in Bulgaria and Latvia, where rapid growth has been replaced by large GDP contractions, wage cuts and unemployment. Greece was also recently gripped by some of the worst riots in its turbulent history in response to both police brutality and the economic downturn.
According to Times columnist Roger Boyes, this is merely a "sign of things to come: a new age of rebellion".
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He cites the warning of respected LSE economist Robert Wade, who recently told a protest meeting in Reykjavik that the world was approaching a tipping point and that March to May would be marked by widespread global civil unrest.
"It will be caused by the rise of general awareness throughout Europe, America and Asia that hundreds of millions of people in rich and poor countries are experiencing rapidly falling consumption standards; that the crisis is getting worse not better; and that it has escaped the control of public authorities, national and international," said Wade.
He's not alone in his foreboding prediction. Trends forecaster Gerald Celente has echoed similar sentiments, predicting revolution in America, food riots and tax rebellions - all within four years. Celente says that by 2012 America will become an undeveloped nation, that there will be a revolution marked by food riots, squatter rebellions, tax revolts and job marches, and that holidays will be more about obtaining food, not gifts.
Boyes forecasts that Ukraine and Russia could be the next to see widespread rioting as the crisis deepens.
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