Through the use of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, it seems the anarchists are determined to bring the Arab Spring to the shores of the United States. Sites like #Occupy Wall Street, and US Day of Rage have been encouraging the disaffected to seize back control of the banks. “The Occupation Has Begun!”, states one site… “Beginning on September 17, we want to see 20,000 people flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months. Once there, we shall incessantly repeat one simple demand in a plurality of voices.”
Others like Real Democracy Now!, herald a world-wide occupation of banks and ‘banksters’, and implore people to take to the streets to send their government a message. Isn’t it great to know that our government spent millions of dollars to pass out free cellphones to these folks?
(NY1)…Protesters set up camp in Manhattan’s Financial District Saturday for a demonstration stemming from the social networking site “Occupy Wall Street” that aims to last for months. NY1’s Nicole Ward filed the following report. Lisa Fithian said she’s not part of any official group and that the “occupation” of Wall Street is the work of many people coming together with the same message.
“Wall Street is certainly the heart of why we’re here. It’s the corporations — the big banks in this country have been destroying this country,” said Fithian. “Overfees or high mortgages, student loans, the banks are touching every aspect of our lives.” She added that banks and the wealthy have taken money for their own interests and their own survival. “The people here are saying enough of that,” said Fithian.
Inspired by events around the world, she drew the analogy to Tahrir Square in Egypt and said the power of the people is leading to change. “I’m here, I’m tweeting,” said one protester.
The protest was also being streamed live around the world, and one protester estimated that at least 5,000 people were watching. People brought sleeping bags and cardboard boxes and planned to spend at least one night.
“We as the people who are not investment banks need to come up with a different solution to the way things are going right now,” said a protester.
This event was largely organized by a social networking site called Occupy Wall Street. Police said two people wearing bandanas over their faces have been taken into custody after trying to enter the building that houses Bank of America and that none of the activists sought permits for the protests.
Watch #Occupy Wall Streets’ video…you’ll think you’re back in the 60’s!