Cash Strapped Red Cross Predicts Violent Riots in Europe
Red Cross boss warns of upheaval similar to the Arab Spring.
January 2, 2013
The International Committee of the Red Cross said on Tuesday that the organization’s staff experienced working in conflict areas will now concentrate on Europe.
“We need to prepare for more violence here,” ICRC Director General Yves Daccord told the Danish daily Politiken.
“For the first time we see growing pressure on Europeans, where more and more people have become really poor. Secondly, European countries use less money on social welfare due to the economic crisis,” Daccord said. “That creates new challenges for the Red Cross that we have not experienced previously.”
In Spain, the ICRC now supports about 300,000 “extremely vulnerable” people unable to fend for themselves and helps millions more who cannot make ends meet. Meanwhile, in Greece, the organization’s operation is preparing to go bankrupt.