Friday, 14 October 2011

"This is Madison. This is Cairo. This is Tunisia. This is London"

Protesters in the month-long occupation of Liberty Plaza, a small brick-paved park across from Wall Street in the heart of New York City’s financial district, have announced that they will peacefully resist any attempt on Friday (today) to remove them from the park.

Meanwhile Protests against widening income disparity are planned across the Asia-Pacific region tomorrow as demonstrators organizing via social media from Tokyo to Sydney join London in the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The rallies that began in New York on Sept. 17, where more than 700 were arrested, have already migrated across the U.S. to cities including Denver, Boston and San Francisco. The largest gatherings tomorrow are planned in London and Australia, according to organizers, who are hoping to harness networking sites such as Facebook Inc. to attract thousands.

The Occupy Wall Street rallies started last month in New York’s financial district, where people have been in the Park to protest at growing inequality and demand higher taxes (is this really the answer) for the wealthy.

The unprecedented protest movement on Wall Street is a manifestation of the mood of anger, bitterness and frustration that has been accumulating for years in American society, which had already previously erupted in the big demonstrations and walkouts in Madison, Wisconsin, culminating in the occupation of the Capitol.

These explosive events have had a profound effect on the consciousness of the workers and youth everywhere. This was shown by the statement made by Bob Masters of the Communications Workers of America. He said the spontaneous uprising was in keeping with popular revolts breaking out all over the world this year: “Occupy Wall Street captured the spirit of our time,” he said. “This is Madison. This is Cairo. This is Tunisia.”

About 4,000 people have signalled and gesticulated their intent to attend a peaceful demonstration that will start at noon tomorrow outside the London Stock Exchange. Well needless to say I intend joining the weekend’s activities and I hope others will too!”    

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