Rage Against Wall Street Crooks - by Stephen Lendman
Across America, ordinary people want justice long denied.
Angry New Yorkers organized an initiative called "Occupy Wall Street." Beginning September 17, they called for "tak(ing) the bull by the horns," referring to the familiar New York financial district symbol.
Its web site statement said:
<blockquote>"The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%."</bloskquote>
Saying "I am sick and tired of being sick and tired," civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer's epitaph said it her way.
Today, we're all sick and tired of corrupted officials letting Wall Street crooks steal public wealth at the expense of millions ripped off to enrich them lavishly.
Occupy Wall Street activists are angry about "profit over and above all else." Because of political Washington collusion, it dominates public policy in America.
Comparing their initiative to Arab Spring uprisings, they said:
<blockquote>"On the 17th of September, we want to see 20,000 people flood into lower Manhattan, set up beds, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months."
"Like our brothers and sisters in Egypt, Greece, Spain, and Iceland, we plan to use the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic of mass occupation to restore democracy in America. We also encourage the use of nonviolence to achieve our ends and maximize the safety of all participants."</blockquote>
One of many protester signs read:
<blockquote>"The corrupt fear us. The honest support us. The heroic join us."</blockquote>
Adbusters organized the protests. On September 16, ahead of its September 17 inaugural, it published an "Orientation Guide," saying:
<blockquote>"Saturday's occupation begins at noon in Bowling Green Park....See you at the bull....The first people's assembly will start at 3pm at One Chase Manhattan Plaza and continue until our one demand is agreed by all."</blockquote>
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