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Chris Hedges: This One Could Take Them All Down;

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Transcript: Chris Hedges Talks From the Heart About Occupy Wall Street 

This short video has gone viral with close to 100,000 views. Opednews transcribed it. (if you reprint it, please link to this page.)
(editor's note; I believe Chris is referring to being there the Friday morning when the owners of Zuccotti Park had threatened to clear it out to clean it. Thousands came from all over to stand in solidarity and resistance, including Chris Hedges and the owners decided not to proceed and to leave the occupiers there. )
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Crowd: Ninety nine percent.

Louder.

We are the 99 percent.

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We are the 99 percent.

Louder.


We are a 99 percent.


Chris Hedges: I'm Chris Hedges.  I'm a writer.  I write books.  I spent 20 years  overseas as a war correspondent.  I came back and realized that corporations had carried out a coup d'e'tat in my country and I've been fighting back although not effectively as you, guys.  Well, I've covered movements.  I've covered all of the revolutions in Eastern Europe.  I covered the street demonstrations that brought down Milošević.  I've covered both of the Palestinian intifadas. And once movements like these start and articulate a fundamental truth about the society that they live in and expose the repression, the mendacity, the corruption and the decay of the structures of power, then they have a kind of centrifugal force.  You never know where they're going.  


You know, I was with the leaders of the movement, the opposition movement in East Germany in Leipzig on the afternoon of November 9, 1989, and they said that perhaps within a year, there would be free passage back and forth across the Berlin wall.  In a few hours, the Berlin wall did not exist.  


What happens is, in all of these movements, this was true in Prague as well, is that the foot soldiers of the elite, the blue uniform police, the mechanisms of control, finally do not want to impede the movement, and at that point, the power elite is left defenseless.  

So, where is it going?

 No one knows, even the people most intimately involved in the organization don't know. They  had - all of these movements take on a kind of life and color that is in some ways finally mysterious.  The only thing I can say having been in the middle of similar movements is that this one is real and this one could take "em all down. 

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Chris Hedges spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than 50 countries and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times, for which he was a foreign correspondent for 15 years.

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