Occupy movement, worldwide

This is a Dutch TV video, recorded on the Beursplein, the square outside the Amsterdam stock exchange.

The Occupy actions there, inspired by the worldwide Occupy Wall Street movement, are continuing this Monday after the weekend. As traders entered the stock exchange building this morning, demonstrators shouted “No, we wont pay for the crisis.”

Anti-cuts activists came face-to-face with the “enemy” today as City traders returned to work at London’s Stock Exchange: here.

USA: Occupy Wall Street Signs In Zuccotti Park: photos here.

67 percent of New York City voters support Occupy Wall Street: here.

Unlike all other major papers, no coverage of Occupy Wall Street on the front page of Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal: here.

Who Are the 1 Percent and What Do They Do for a Living? Mike Konczal, New Deal 2.0: “There’s good reason to focus on the top 1% instead of the top 10 or 50%. There is evidence that financial pay at this elite level is correlated with deregulation and the other legal changes that brought on the crisis”: here.

USA: Rep. Barney Frank Connects Defense Cuts Drive to Occupy Movement: here.

Protesters plan to take to the streets in Toronto again Monday after a weekend of Occupy Canada protests in more than a dozen cities across the country: here.

Argentina to Wall Street: Latin American Social Movements and the Occupation of Everything: here.

4 thoughts on “Occupy movement, worldwide

  1. One month ago today, a thousand people took over a corporate-owned park in the heart of lower Manhattan with a clear message: we’re against the corporate takeover of the international economy, we’re for social justice and we want to develop a different vision for the world.

    Many in the media laughed at them. Even more news outlets simply ignored them. But Truthout covered these new protests from the beginning, because we could actually understand their significance.

    The corporatocracy has done such a thorough job of convincing editorial boards and even reporters on the street that capitalism and its crimes are yesterday’s story. That whole $16 trillion in free loans to prop up the international financial system? Forget about it. The complete lack of prosecutions for what was the largest fraud perpetrated by the most powerful people in history? Ignore it. The complete hollowing out of the US economy which led to a dangerous recession and a destruction of wealth and opportunity which is unrivaled in our lifetimes? Bury it.

    Instead, the mainstream media focused on the economic musings of a pizza magnate who wants to tax the poor and cut taxes on the rich – and the coiffed CEO who says with a straight face that cutting regulations and taxes on businesses will spark job growth (despite the complete failure of this ideology under the Bush Jr. administration).

    But then the landscape shifted. As the media was forced to cover an ongoing and unprecedented occupation of Wall Street, people awoke!

    One month in, it’s growing every second. This movement has legs.

    At Truthout, we’re able to see this momentum – and report on the forces that drive it – because we are beholden only to our readers, not to advertisers or shareholders. Help us continue to bring you and the world the truth of what’s happening at Occupy Wall Street and the satellite protests around the globe.


  2. NYC Labor Against the War

    10.17 Occupy Wall Street Report:

    Another World is Possible


    Tues., 10.18 & Thurs., 10.20: #OccupyWallSt RALLIES FOR LOCKED-OUT TEAMSTERS
    Rally at Sotheby’s @ 1:30pm, 1334 York Ave (b/w 71st & 72nd), 6 train to 68th St.-Hunter College. Buses depart from Liberty Pl b/w Trinity and Broadway at 1 PM!

    Tues., 10.18, 3 p.m.: Rally to STOP the MASSACRE in YEMEN with Nobel Peace Prize Winner
    In front of the United Nations, New York, 47th St. & 1st Ave.

    Tues., 10.18, 5-8 p.m.: March Against Police Brutality
    Tell District Attorney Cy Vance to end his silence: No more NYPD violence against #OccupyWallStreet, LGBT New Yorkers and Communities of Color! MARCH FROM ZUCCOTTI PARK


    From Tahrir Square to Times Square: Protests Erupt in Over 1,500 Cities Worldwide | OccupyWallSt.org
    In New York, thousands marched in various protests by trade unions, students, environmentalists, and community groups. As occupiers flocked to Washington Square Park, two dozen participants were arrested at a nearby Citibank while attempting to withdraw their accounts from the global banking giant.

    Dismiss all charges or we will clog up courts, lawyers for Occupy Wall Street protesters say
    ‎Next up for protesters: Occupy the Courts. Lawyers representing about 800 Occupy Wall Street protesters arrested in the past month demand that prosecutors drop the charges.

    Occupy Wall Street Trying to Settle on Demands
    “We absolutely need demands,” said Shawn Redden, 35, an earnest history teacher in the group. “Like Frederick Douglass said, ‘Power concedes nothing without a demand.’ ”

    Our voices ring out in Times Square
    The movement started by Occupy Wall Street has grown with dizzying speed and expanded its scope immensely in just four short weeks. The enormous response to the October 15 day of action shows the potential for a multiracial, working-class struggle. In New York City, activists are discussing plans for continuing to reach out to labor and students–and for spreading the occupation movement to communities across the city.


    Global revolution: protests in 1,000+ cities — in videos
    Compiling this incredible list of videos was probably the single most exciting thing we’ve done since we started ROAR. When we set up the blog in August last year, we knew something was in the air but we never even dared to expect anything like this. Just 10 months after Tunis and Tahrir, this weekend we witnessed the globalization of the resistance: millions of people in 1,000 cities in over 80 countries on 6 continents uniting for global change. Brothers and sisters, we are making history. And we’re only just getting started!

    Occupy Chicago arrests are seen as a trial run for international summits to come next year
    Police officials determined they could not allow the more than 2,000 protesters to spend the night in the public park because it would be harder to get them out in the coming days, according to a police source familiar with the events. It also would set a bad precedent for dealing with thousands of demonstrators expected to converge on Chicago from around the world during the G-8 and NATO summits that will be held simultaneously in May, the source said.

    Remembering the Algerian victims of the Paris massacre 50 years on
    Protesters are set to gather in central Paris to mark fifty years since a deadly police crackdown on Algerian anti-war protesters, one of the darkest days in modern French history.


    Wall Street Loses Its Immunity
    Yes, many of the protesters do understand what Wall Street and more generally the nation’s economic elite have done for us. And that’s why they’re protesting.

    Occupy goes global
    Saturday, October 15, was an international day of action to take the Occupy movement in the U.S. global–a fitting step forward since the demonstrations in New York City and now around the U.S. were inspired by the revolts and rebellions throughout this year in the Arab world and Europe.

    Chris Hedges: A Movement Too Big to Fail
    Groups such as MoveOn and organized labor will find themselves without a constituency unless they at least pay lip service to the protests. The Teamsters’ arrival Friday morning to help defend the park signaled an infusion of this new radicalism into moribund unions rather than a co-opting of the protest movement by the traditional liberal establishment. The union bosses, in short, had no choice.

    Chris Hedges: A Movement Too Big to Fail
    What took place early Friday morning in Zuccotti Park was the first salvo in a long struggle for justice. It signaled a step backward by the corporate state in the face of popular pressure. And it was carried out by ordinary men and women who sleep at night on concrete, get soaked in rainstorms, eat donated food and have nothing as weapons but their dignity, resilience and courage. It is they, and they alone, who hold out the possibility of salvation. And if we join them we might have a chance.


    PLEASE CIRCULATE WIDELY: If you are arrested at an Occupy Event, call the National Lawyers Guild: New York City: (212) 679-6018 Los Angeles: (323) 696-2299 Washington, DC: (202) 957 2445 Chicago: (773) 309-1198 San Francisco: (415) 285-1011 New Orleans: (504) 875-0019 Baltimore: (410) 205-2850 Minnesota: (612) 656-9108 Michigan: (313) 963-0843 Portland: (503) 902-5340 Boston: (617) 227-7335 Pennsylvania & Delaware: (267) 702-4654 Idaho: (208) 991-4324 Be very sure to write the applicable phone number in PERMANENT marker somewhere concealed on your body, protected from the elements. Do NOT assume you will be able to retrieve the number from a phone or a notebook. It is very likely you will be stripped of all your belongings.

    The resistance continues at Liberty Square and Nationwide!

    Donate Money to #occupywallstreet

    NYC General Assembly
    The Official Website of the GA at #OccupyWallStreet

    Occupy Wall St.: Immediate Needs
    Comfort Committee’s Current NEEDS: thermal wear (especially smaller sizes), blankets, toiletries (especially toothpaste), hats & gloves, towels for showers We do NOT need more ponchos or space blankets. All donations can be sent to: The UPS Store Re: Occupy Wall Street 118A Fulton St. #205 New York, NY 10038

    Occupy Together
    Welcome to OCCUPY TOGETHER, an unofficial hub for all of the events springing up across the country in solidarity with Occupy Wall St.

    We Are the 99 Percent
    Brought to you by the people who occupy wall street. Why will YOU occupy?



    When Andy Borowitz captures the truth of the moment, using satire, you know the ruling elite are on the defensive. There’s something all too pathetically ironic about Borowitz’s daily headline: “Libyan Government Warns NYPD to Exercise Restraint: Urges NATO Action to Protect American Dissidents.”

    In a riveting unmasking of hypocrisy, a YouTube video has appeared that masterfully shows the blatant hypocrisy of President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton in applying one standard for attacks on protesters overseas – and quite another in the US.

    While Obama has given some lip service to the Occupy Wall Street movement, he has qualified that with an upholding of the status quo of a financial sector that cratered the US economy. And he has said nothing about the police brutality in attempts, particularly in New York, to suppress the “right of redress” protests.

    Nicholas Kristof wrote in The New York Times:

    But anyone who believes in markets should be outraged that banks rig the system so that they enjoy profits in good years and bailouts in bad years.

    The banks have gotten away with privatizing profits and socializing risks, and that’s just another form of bank robbery.

    Yet, President Obama even used Martin Luther King to project a narrative that it’s really a bunch of “good people” on Wall Street who made a few mistakes. In his King memorial dedication speech on October 16, Obama predicted that if Martin Luther King were alive today, “I believe he would remind us that the unemployed worker can rightly challenge the excesses of Wall Street without demonizing all who work there.”

    First of all, this is not just an issue of struggling unemployed workers; it’s an issue of a financial system that needs systemic reform. Second of all, it’s not a minor issue of “excesses” as if the chairman of the Bank of America had an extra bottle of champagne for dinner on the company account. It is, as Kristof writes, “another form of bank robbery.” Obama, his Treasury secretary and his attorney general are doing very little to prosecute those who conducted the bank robberies, but they are tolerating the arrests of those who are witnesses to the crime.

    The reality is that Obama believes in this financial system, even when it has de facto disproved that it can offer much to growing the American economy. It is fossilized, state-sanctioned and subsidized greed. For Obama, who is looking to a record campaign war chest to offset low ratings and a stalled economy, Wall Street money is essential.

    The duopoly of the American two-party system, as this video reconfirms, will go to war for the rights of protesters overseas, but champions putting them in jail at home.

    Mark Karlin
    Editor, BuzzFlash at Truthout


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