Leftists, anarchists protest against UEFA Euro 2012 - Poznan
A few hundred people from different leftist, anarchist and trade union organisations protested against the UEFA Euro 2012 football championships in Poznan, one of the four host cities in Poland.
The protesters claim that excessive spending by both national and local governments for the football games hurt the poor, mothers, and unemployed as social spending is reduced. "Bread instead of games", is their main slogan. They also want to protest agains the capitalists who caused the current economic crisis. The protesters appealed to the local government to increase spending on schools, nurseries and health care and claim that millions of euros spent on stadiums and big infrastructural projects are redundant.
The march proceeded from the Poznan Opera House through the city center to finish with a picket in front of the regional council's seat. The date was chosen purposefully on the day of the first Euro 2012 game in Poznan. More than 20 thousand of Croats and nearly 40 thousand of Irish supporters were present in Poznan to watch the evening's game between these two sides, but most of them were mildly interested in the ongoing protests.