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Occupy Wall Street turns one month old

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An Occupy Wall Street protester wearing the mask of Guy Fawkes demonstrates in Zuccotti Park, near Wall Street in New York October 15, 2011.

The Occupy Wall Street movement, which has gained momentum and attracted anti-corporatism protesters across the globe, marked its one month anniversary on Monday.

The Occupy Wall street (OWS) movement began on September 17 in the financial district of New York City in protest at a number of issues including the wars in the Middle East, US financial crisis and high bonuses for Wall Street executives.

The movement was born after about 150 people set up tents in New York’s Zuccotti Park.

The campaign has spread to a number of cities including Seattle, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Boston, as well as hundreds of communities across the US.

While the movement includes people from all walks of life, according to the group’s statement, “The one thing we all have in common is that we are the 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%.”

In the early days of the movement, financial analyst and journalist Max Keiser told Press TV that CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co. Jamey Dimon has given “USD 4.6 million to the New York Police Department to beef up police presence on the streets and to crack heads and to violently oppress protesters.”

Police officers in the US have detained nearly 2,000 peaceful protesters in a number of cities and towns over the past month. Protesters have been pressured by authorities to vacate their camps in a number of cities including New York and Washington DC with police using pepper spray and batons to forcibly disperse them.

Protesters have, however, repeatedly vowed not to give in to the pressure, saying that they will keep occupying until their demands are met.

The movement spread across the world on Saturday, with demonstrations taking place in some 951 cities in 83 countries in Europe, North America, South America, Asia as well as Africa.


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One Response to " Occupy Wall Street turns one month old "

  1. Joe says:

    Attention wall street protestors.Many of you people voted for the politicians that put pressure on banks and morgetge lenders to provide easy home loans to very low income earners that did not have any business owning a house because of their income.Why don’t you protestors put some pressure on your representatives to let these financial institutions go about their own business?Occupy your representative’s office and tell them to stop borrowing money from the Chinese government and then take that loaned money to provide humanitarian aid to impoverished natural disaster victims In China or other countries.Stop blaming wall street executives and bank executives for your personal problems,put the blame on your representatives.

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