Occupy, Wall Street and worldwide

This video from England is called Occupy London Stock Exchange.

Labour’s John McDonnell told the Morning Star today that he plans to give his fellow MPs a chance to back the real “big society” by tabling an early day motion supporting the anti-cuts occupation outside London’s stock exchange: here.

‘Occupy’ protests continue across the globe: here.

By Ben Chacko in Britain:

World joins the occupy movement

Sunday 16 October 2011

The US Occupy Wall Street movement today praised a “global day of action against greed” after a weekend which saw 1,500 occupations in cities across the world.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators thronged financial districts from New York to Tokyo, Taipei and Sydney on Saturday night.

Protests resumed yesterday in Hong Kong, where activists had slept overnight in the foyer of HSBC’s Asian headquarters.

Demonstrator Derrick Benig told reporters that questioning the financial system was not enough and people needed to “tear down capitalism.”

Protest organisers vowed that the campaign would continue.

Activists prevented from occupying South Korea’s Seoul Plaza vowed to return next weekend, while US organiser Patrick Bruner said the world should “rise up as one and say: ‘We’ve had enough’.”

In Sydney demonstrator Mark Goudcamp told the crowd that “the planet can’t go on with this unsustainable level of inequality” and denounced “those who control the world economy, who have enormous influence on elected politicians.”

At the huge Manhattan occupation, where police arrested 42 people in Times Square for refusing to disperse after nightfall on Saturday, demonstrators urged the public to close accounts with “banks that took government money and fired workers anyway” and handed out lists of “financial institutions that support the 99 per cent” that people could bank with instead, such as the country’s only trade union-owned bank, the Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union.

Organisers’ claim to speak for the “99 per cent” is based on a study by Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, who found that 1 per cent of the US population controlled 40 per cent of the country’s wealth.

The pioneering New York movement said it had received more than $150,000 (£95,000) in donations and “about 200” food packages a day were arriving to help keep occupations going.

One donation of 10 packs of noodles was accompanied by a note of apology from the sender, who said he could not send more as he had been out of work for two years, Justin Strekal of the movement’s shipping, inventory and storage committee said.

Occupy demonstrations in Europe: here.

Wales: Cardiff’s Red Choir sing along with the 99%: here.

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