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Occupation Escalation: Estimates are 20,000 Protesters
10-16-2011, 02:29 PM #1
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Quote:Thousands of anti-Wall Street protesters rallied in New York's Times Square on Saturday, buoyed by a global day of demonstrations in support of their monthlong campaign against corporate greed.

Inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement, protests on Saturday started in Asia and rippled through Europe back to the United States and Canada. Protesters fed up with economic inequality took to the streets in cities from Washington, Boston and Chicago to Los Angeles, Miami and Toronto.

"These protests are already making a difference," said Jordan Smith, 25, a former substance abuse counselor from San Francisco, who joined the New York protest. "The dialogue is now happening all over the world."

The protesters chanted, "We got sold out, banks got bailed out" and "All day, all week, occupy Wall Street." They arrived in Times Square at a time when the area is already crowded with tourists and Broadway theatergoers.
Read More: huffingtonpost.com

Regardless of where you stand on this issue, the momentum of this thing is steadily growing. Those who have a vested interest in seeing the status quo maintained are certainly kicking and screaming about this whole deal.
I find that quite fascinating. spock.gif It's really getting to some neocon protein shake drinkers. lol.gif
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10-16-2011, 02:34 PM #2
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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Is it growing because the media is hyping it? I remember protesting in Victoria against Campbell's changes to the Forest Practices Codes that swung revenue to corporate favor and erased licencee responsibility for reforestation, there were 50,000 of us there that day and the papers reported it as "several thousand". I'll suspend disbelief on the media's reporting.
10-16-2011, 02:37 PM #3
Octo Mother Superior
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The Occupy Wall Street protest movement originating in New York spread to Finnish cities on Saturday, with people demanding reform to the global financial system.

Around 100 protestors gathered by the Kamppi shopping centre in Helsinki’s city centre. Loosely organised groups also clustered in Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Lahti, Tampere, Turku and Oulu to criticise the country’s handling of the eurozone crisis.

”Our decision makers want to participate in the European bailout fund without hearing citizens’ opinions on the matter," said protestor Heikki Ketoharju.

Protestors are marching in cities around the world this weekend to call attention to perceived income inequality and corporate greed.

http://www.yle.fi/uutiset/news/2011/10/w...51781.html

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10-16-2011, 02:45 PM #4
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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I think an impressive 300?? at occupy honolulu



10-16-2011, 03:20 PM #5
Octo Mother Superior
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Inspired by the Arab Spring, the non-violent movement kicked off on 15 May as young people took over the squares of Spanish cities. The scale of the protests have waxed and waned throughout the year, but between 6.5 million and 8 million Spaniards have participated in the protests according to an estimate by RTVE, the Spanish public broadcaster, and pollsters report that some 80 percent of the population back their cause.

Last weekend, a group of indignados arrived in Brussels after an 80 day trek from Spain. Hundreds of marchers have also made their way to the European capital from Germany and the Netherlands.

The Spanish indignados have in turn inspired similar protests in Greece, Israel, Pakistan, India and the United States, where under a different title - first Occupy Wall Street, then Occupy Boston, Chicago and so on - encampments of young people have targetted stock exchanges and other symbols of economic power.

The Hungarian commissioner, who had a long history on the academic left before joining the EU executive, said: "I am absolutely sympathetic about exposing indignation about unemployment."

However, he criticised their targetting of EU institutions: "They should be aware that the Spanish situation was not created here ... to target the European Commission is probably not right.

"They should go to Frankfurt instead,” he joked in a reference to the headquarters of the European Central Bank.

http://euobserver.com/851/113947



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