The Wall Street protests designed to highlight the financial firms that control the world’s economy have moved into the 11th straight day Tuesday (Sept. 27), reports CNN. The group is in New York’s financial district in lower Manhattan and are calling for 20,000 people to flood the area for “a few months,” using social media like the protestors in Egypt and Libya did to rally support.
The group calls itself Occupy Wall Street and spokesman Patrick Bruner tells CNN, “Our main concern is the way that democracy is hijacked through
wealth inequality.” But just exactly what the plan is for their list of demands is unclear.
Police tell CNN about 100 people have been arrested so far, for charges ranging from disorderly conduct to assaulting a police office. Conversely, protestors say the police have used excessive force, following a video hitting the internet that shows an office pepper spraying several women.
Occupy Wall Street is calling for the office to be charged and jailed, demanding that Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly resign and Mayor Bloomberg apologize.
New York City Deputy Commissioner Paul J. Browne says, “Protestors who engage in civil disobedience can expect to be
arrested. Those who resist arrest can expect some measure
of force will be used.”
If you’d like to follow along with the protest group, the Twitter hastag is #occupywallstreet or go to their website: https://occupywallst.org. The site describes the group as:
“Occupy Wall Street is leaderless resistance movement with
people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. 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%.”