‘Occupy Wall Street’ protests spread to other US cities

A wave of public discontent in the US shows no sign of abating following weekend protests against corporate greed which saw hundreds of peaceful demonstrators arrested, sparking accusations of heavy-handed policing.

Defiant anti-Wall-Street activists are refusing to back down, saying more marches against corporate greed and social inequality are in the pipeline.

A new season in a different nation: the Arab Spring has become America’s Autumn.1

so begins Russia Today‘s report on the arrests of nearly 800 peaceful protesters who had tried to march across the Brooklyn Bridge; one of the largest arrests of non-violent protesters in recent American history:

Democracy Now! also reported on how the “Occupy Wall Street” protests, which began in the financial district a fortnight ago [Sept 17], had taken such a dramatic turn on Saturday:

Some protesters claim police lured them onto oncoming traffic on the bridge’s roadway; others said they did not hear instructions from police telling them to use the pedestrian walkway. Meanwhile, similar “Occupation” protests have spread to other cities, including Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles, where hundreds of protesters are now camped out in front of City Hall.

Yesterday’s Democracy Now! broadcast also featured a roundtable discussion about the protests with Marisa Holmes, an organizer with the main organizing group of Occupy Wall Street (called the General Assembly), Marina Sitrin, an attorney who is part of Occupy Wall Street’s legal working group, and Laurie Penny, a writer and journalist who reported on protests in London earlier this summer:

Coverage on the mainstream channels has, of course, been more muted, although even the BBC found time to put together a short piece covering the events of Saturday, albeit from a somewhat more surprising angle. It begins:

Billionaire investor George Soros says he can sympathise with the ongoing protests on Wall Street, which have spread to other US cities.

He said he understood the anger at the use of taxpayers’ cash to prop up stricken banks, allowing them to earn huge profits.2

That’s the same George Soros who, back in March 2009, told the world that he was having “a very good crisis”:

“It is, in a way, the culminating point of my life’s work,” the 78-year-old says in his heavy Hungarian accent during an interview at his London mansion.3

Now doesn’t that make you feel all warm inside.

1 From an article entitled “’Occupy Wall Street’: Obama’s term is four more years of Bush” published on October 3, 2011 http://rt.com/news/occupy-wall-street-obama-887/

2 From an article entitled “George Soros’ sympathy for Wall Street protesters” published by BBC news on October 3, 2011. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-15155046

3 From an article entitled “George Soros interview: A very good crisis” written by Peter Wilson, published in The Australian on March 19, 2009. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/a-very-good-crisis/story-fna7dq6e-1225689823416

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