Occupy Movement Spreads Worldwide

Posted October 15th, 2011 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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Street protests that began in New York's Wall Street financial district a month ago have spread worldwide, with mostly young demonstrators marching against capitalism, poverty, inequality, racism, nuclear power and a “grab bag” of other perceived social ills.

Hundreds of protestors marched Saturday in the Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, South Korea and other places, expressing their support for the Occupy Wall Street protests and denouncing what some called “U.S. imperialism and U.S.-led wars and aggression.”

Protests on what is promoted as the International Day of Action are planned in various parts of the world, including New York. Protesters plan to march on banks late in the morning, with a convergence on Time Square in the evening.

The protesters are also taking their campaign to social networks such as Twitter, Facebook and local versions of those websites.

The Occupy Wall Street protest began on September 17 with a small group of activists accusing what they called “corporate America” of fostering a growing economic divide between the wealthy, and the poor and middle class. The number of protesters has grown, capturing the attention of news outlets and inspiring similar demonstrations across the U.S.