POLITICAL TREND: OCCUPY WALL STREET GOES GLOBAL More than 950 demonstrations against the global financial system and corporate greed have been held in more than 80 countries around the world. Inspired by the huge rallies organised by 15-M movement in Spain and more recently Occupy Wall Street, tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets from as far afield as Seoul and Rome. In New York Occupy Wall Street protesters have renewed their protests following celebrations after a planned “clean-up” of their camp in Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan was called off.

In London about 1,000 protesters massed outside St Paul’s Cathedral in a bid to occupy the London Stock Exchange in the nearby Paternoster Square. But the square was closed off by police and private security and the demonstration remained focused on the steps around the cathedral after attempts to enter failed. Police moved in to contain the crowd and two people were arrested for assaults on officers.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange addressed the crowd on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral. He attacked a greedy and corrupt financial and political system that had united individuals from Cairo to London.


Adam Gabbatt writes: Protesters here in New York have been remarking on how the protests have spread to London and other places. 18-year-old Ethan McGarry, who had travelled down from Boston for the day. He said it was “fantastic” how the occupy movement had spread to the UK and elsewhere. “People identify with us, then hey will find reasons in their own community for action.” Lauren Zygmont had travelled from the Occupy Denver protest to New York a week ago ago. “Borders don’t matter at all,” she said. “Were all human beings, were all in this together. This is a global movement.”

Dave Bonan, who was at OWS on day one, said it was “a little surreal” that the protest had spread. “I didn’t expect it to last more than 15 mins,” he said. “The fact it lasted more than a day inspired people all over the world to capitalise - no pun intended - on our success.”
Bonan said the movement had spread because “folks are angrier, their wallets are getting hit now”. Asked if he had a message for protesters elsewhere in the world, he said: “Decentralized movements are more effective than movements with leaders.” He added: “It’s good to have our brothers and sisters involved.”


Jon Villada, an unemployed 24-year-old from Bilbao, Spain, and a member of the Spanish 15-M protest initiative, said: “For the 15-M movement our main objective is to make politicians understand that they have been elected to govern for us, not for multinationals, markets, financial agents or whatever. This protest is more global, there is people from all around the world and they have focused on financial institutions and powers.”
From The Guardian

Monday, October 17, 2011 ยท Categories: Consumer Intelligence, News and World Politics
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