Demonstrators from anti-tax avoidance group UK Uncut, protested at Starbucks branches across Britain over the company’s lack of corporate tax payments in Britain in the past three years (via guardian.co.uk)
Riot police detain a protester, during riots against budget cuts and alleged corruption. The demonstrations are the largest so far in a string of protests organised over Facebook which started earlier in Maribor, where people demonstrated against the mayor, and have since spread to most other cities. (via Reuters.com)
Civil servants sing “Christmas carols against cuts” during a protest against government austerity measures, in front of the headquarters of Spain’s centre-right People’s Party (Partido Popular) (via Reuters.com)
Policemen drag away a protester who blocked the entrance to a makeshift camp for asylum seekers. A court has ordered a group of asylum seekers, whose applications for political asylum have been rejected by Dutch authorities, to leave the site. The group, who had exhausted their final options against deportation and had rejected other offers for temporary accommodation, set up this camp at the end of September 2012, local media reported. (via Reuters.com)
Protestors clash with police in Oxford Street at a demonstration held to coincide with wider action in Europe. (via BBC News)
Port police officers light flares and shout slogans during an anti-austerity demonstration as the government unveiled a tough new budget (via guardian.co.uk)
St. Petersburg, Russia
A photographer takes pictures of Interior Ministry officers during a protest rally to defend Article 31 of the Russian constitution, which guarantees the right of assembly (via Reuters.com)
Anti-airport protesters clash with police amid a cloud of teargas (via guardian.co.uk)
Italy: Venice cruise liner row escalates
A row in Venice over the cruise liners that clog the city’s canals has intensified, with supporters planning a rally to defend tourism and opponents saying the ships are turning the area into Disneyland.
Two cruise ships a day currently sail down Venice’s narrow Giudecca canal, offering passengers spectacular views as they tower over St Marks Square but, according to protesters, polluting the delicate eco system of the lagoon and shaking the fragile foundations of the city.
Local demonstrators who took to the Giudecca canal in small boats in September were confronted by a heavy police presence and buzzed by a police helicopter.
In response to their protest, port workers will meet at Venice’s cruise ship port on Tuesday in solidarity with the two million tourists who arrive on 650 ships annually. (via guardian.co.uk)
A protest against austerity measures (via guardian.co.uk)