A group of American activists have gathered in front of the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank in the “Occupy Chicago” rally to protest against poverty and unemployment in the United States.
According to organizers, the activists were inspired by the Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York, the Chicago Tribune reported on Friday.
The Chicago sit-in began on September 23 with a march from Willis Tower to the Federal Reserve Bank.
One protester, Emilio Baez, said the demonstration is a “direct call to working people worldwide.”
“This is our Tahrir Square,” he said, referring to the protests in the Egyptian capital city of Cairo that led to the February revolution. “We’ll stay here for months if we have to.”
On Thursday, around 30 people stood on both sides of LaSalle Street, holding cardboard signs that read “Abolish the Fed Reserve.”
In Los Angeles, people are scheduled to come to the streets in the “Occupy Los Angeles” rally on Saturday to show solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street protests.
On Friday, about 2,000 anti-corporate demonstrators marched from a protest camp near Wall Street to the headquarters of the New York Police Department. Activists remained camped out near a small park in lower Manhattan on Saturday, Reuters reported.
The members of the Occupy Wall Street movement, who are protesting issues including the 2008 bank bailouts, foreclosures and high unemployment, have vowed to stay out through winter.
New York police have arrested around 100 people so far.
Many protesters became angry after a police commander used pepper spray on four women at last weekend’s march and a video of the incident went viral on the Internet.
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