As the protests enter their fourth week, the size of the crowd has begun to grow. 5,000 marched on Wednesday. 700 were arrested last Saturday on the Brooklyn Bridge.
The demonstrations were believed to be inspired by the Egyptian Revolution earlier this year, in particular the protests held in Tahrir Square in Cairo. The movement was kickstarted by a Canadian activist group Adbusters where participants are mainly demonstrating their complaints against social and economic inequality, corporate greed and the negative influence of corporate money and lobbyists on government.
Adbusters states that, “Beginning from one simple demand – a presidential commission to separate money from politics – we start setting the agenda for a new America.”The protest’s organisers hope that the protesters themselves will formulate their own specific demands, expecting them to be focused on “taking to task the people who perpetrated the economic meltdown.”
Occupy Wall Street began on September 17th 2011
Absolutely everyone is angry about the economy
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This is a movement that has no hint of shutting down and going home. We are now seeing images of a library, a kitchen, a community settling in for the long haul in Lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park, just across the street from the World Trade Center site. It is now on the list of tourist sights for residents and aliens alike.