BY SHELLY YANG
Wall Street’s looking a little different this weekend. More than 2,000 protesters from all over the country gathered in lower Manhattan to join the Occupy Wall Street Movement.
“A protest on Wall Street. Police quickly set up barricades near the New York stock exchange after hearing about the protest plans on twitter. Some people called it the United States day of rage. According to organizers, the idea was to camp out for weeks, even months possibly as an expression of anger over the financial system they say favors the rich and powerful. At least two people were arrested. “
Most U.S. cable networks only briefly mentioned the event. And The Wall Street Journal had no coverage as of Sunday afternoon -- but Russian news outlet RT went in-depth. A protester told the network the group’s anger was targetted at Wall Street fat cats.
“When the top 1% of wealth of this country controls political decisions, when the money that comes straight out of banks goes to bonuses instead of taking care of the problems we need and that same money goes to pay for politicians who make those decisions, people should be damn annoyed.”
The Think Progress website concedes debates about the tactics and strategies behind an anti-Wall Street campaign might be warranted. It points out...
“While many of the conservative defenders of Wall Street may be quick to portray protests ... as driven by envy of its wealth or far-left ideologies, the truth is that people have a very simple reason to be angry — because Wall Street’s actions made tens of millions of people dramatically poorer through no fault of their own.”
The protest organizer AdBusters expects this campaign to be like the Tahrir Square moment of the Arab Spring. The site has a link to a live stream of the event on its website.
But CNN questions about the impact.
“CNN Money’s Julian Pepitone was in the middle of it today. She said it turned out felt way short of organizers’ expectations.”
“The original call back in July from Adbusters magazine was for 90,000 people to show up, and a couple of weeks ago they kind of down say that asking for 20,000 people, but they certainly didn’t get that kind of turnout today.”
But China’s Xinhua News Agency warns America that this is a warning sign.
“The U.S. economy is so depressed at the moment and the employment rate keeps plummeting. If it can’t stop, it is not impossible for America to confront large-scale social unrest.”
The protest organizers say they plan to occupy Wall Street for a couple months. But according to Bloomberg -- already -- on Day 2 -- their numbers had dwindled to a few hundred Sunday.
BY RICHARD LAYCOCK
The Occupy Wall Street movement has been infiltrated. The group reportedly has a “mole problem” according to WCBS.
“It seems the FBI and NYPD are getting help in monitoring Occupy Wall Street. Published reports say security consultant, Thomas Ryan, has been secretly attending Occupy Wall Street meetings; monitoring the social media accounts and passing information along to law enforcement agencies.”
One other person has gotten ahold of that information. Big Journalism blogger Andrew Breitbart.
The Daily Mail reports...
“From Thomas Ryan: Andrew Breitbart has a cache of 3,900 e-mails from the political operatives who created the ‘spontaneous’ Occupy Everything.”
So, what’s the implication of these leaked mails? Gawker spoke with Ryan who alleges a conspiratorial who’s who of participants.
“I know which of them are Anonymous members, who aren't and what they do and their alter-egos,” he said…
…in a blog post that he had seen Occupy Wall Street posts on the Al Qaeda recruitment forum Shamuk and Al-Jahad…
But Gawker follows this with…
“While it's true that members of Anonymous have been involved in the protests … Ryan couldn't prove how the group was exercising control over the generally disorganized Occupy Wall Street protests.”
Alternet comments on the accusations made about Occupy Everything, by both Ryan and Breitbart.
“It’s not bad enough that right-wing media have attempted to portray the Occupy Movement as dirty hippies, lazy freeloaders, ignorant dupes, leftist traitors, godless heathens...Breitbart is adding Al-Qaeda terrorists to this list. If it wasn’t so dangerously provocative it would be moderately humorous.”
Ryan tries to justify what he is doing in a blog post for Big Government...
“We are sharing the email archive because we believe the public needs to know the hidden agendas behind the Occupation–the socialist, anarchist, and other agendas that have not been reported in the mainstream media.”
The release of these files has done nothing to stop the spread of the movement-- according to the Washington Post. On Saturday more than 900 cities across the globe held demonstrations; in Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America.
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At first they claimed a media blackout. But now, Occupy Wall Street protesters are getting wall-to-wall press.
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Occupy Wall Street may have started small, but now it spans the globe. ABC has details...
REPORTER: “...protests in Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, Massachusetts and Oregon -- and the message being translated around the globe. In Tokyo protesters are fighting inequality. Filipino demonstrators cried ‘US troops out now,’ and about 300 Australians chanted the cry that started on Wall Street.”
PROTESTER: “We are the 99%!”
Anger at what protests call corporate greed and political complacency is the common thread -- but other grievances vary from place to place. The Telegraph talks to one protester in Japan...
“I’m obviously against social disparity and poverty just like with the Occupy Wall Street protesters, and I’m interested in the subject. But our more pressing issues are against nuclear power and Trans-Pacific partnership and that’s our main message.”
And in London -- demonstrators are protesting bank bailouts and “corporate greed.” CNBC reports...
“A crowd of a few thousand protesters … noisily gathered outside St. Paul's Cathedral in London on Saturday, less than 100 meters away from the London Stock Exchange. … Protesters ... carried placards reading, ‘If voting could change anything, it would be illegal,’ and ‘Bankers got a bailout, we got sold-out...’”
A writer for the Washington Post says the fact these protests aren’t going away, and are actually spreading, could be a troubling sign.
“What worries me is the echo of the 1930s, a similar period of economic change and dislocation. When the traditional business and political leaders seemed to have failed during the downturn of the ’30s, populist indignation veered sharply right and left -- toward dangerous movements that expressed national indignation at the point of a gun.”
According to the Occupy Wall Street Web site, demonstrations will continue until they achieve their goals.
“United in one voice... it is up to us, the people, to decide our future. We are not goods in the hands of politicians and bankers who do not represent us. On October 15th, we will meet on the streets to initiate the global change we want. We will peacefully demonstrate, talk and organize until we make it happen. It’s time for us to unite. It’s time for them to listen.”
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The city of Rome really was burning on Saturday as a group of hooded protesters took to the streets with rocks, bottles, and fireworks in hand. Euronews has more.
“What started off as a peaceful protest against government cutbacks and economic inequality has turned into rioting in the streets of Rome. Earlier in the day on Saturday, demonstrators gathered in the shadow of the coliseum to show their support started by movements by the ‘Indignados’ in Spain and the Americans in Occupy Wall Street. However, fears about a repeat of trouble and protests from last December have come true.”
Part of the “Occupy Wall Street” protests that have spread worldwide, the Italian protest was not intended to be violent -- even on the “global day of rage.” According to MSNBC, Rome’s mayor blames a small handful of rioters for the trouble.
“Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno blamed the violence on ‘a few thousand thugs from all over Italy, and possibly from all over Europe, who infiltrated the demonstration.’”
A writer for Time says the violent protesters are actually an embarrassment to the now worldwide movement.
“Judging by comments on blogs and social media, many of the protest's young sympathizers share the mayor's analysis, condemning the violence as counterproductive … Indeed, the rest of the protest movement around the world looked on the Roman violence with dismay.”
The protest was originally planned to be a peaceful demonstration against the Italian government and the crumbling economy. The country’s debt burden is second only to Greece and its people are suffering from high unemployment rates, high taxes and high health care costs. (Video source: Al Jazeera)
But one reporter told the BBC the protests won’t be able to address any of these problems if the government shuts them down.
“I think that the government will not take any message from that. They have just closed the doors with any kind of argument at the moment. As you can hear above me, you can hear the helicopter--they’re still trying to find people. So this isn’t a moment for dialogue.”
The damage is already estimated to cost more than $1.4 million.
BY JENNIFER LONG
Forget Occupy Wall Street, there’s a new protest in town. Ryan Gosling fans are protesting People Magazine’s choice to name Bradley Cooper as 2011’s Sexiest Man Alive. This Youtube video shows the group in front of People headquarters voicing its opinion.
“Bradley Cooper is just fine but Ryan Gosling is divine.”
The BuzzFeed organized the movement OccupyPeople and also created a petition that urges the magazine to admit it was wrong. Here’s a look from Change****...
“We believe People Magazine made a huge mistake by choosing Bradley Cooper as the 2011 Sexiest Man Alive. 2011 was clearly the year of Ryan Gosling and we demand that People Magazine give Ryan his own magazine cover. Together, we can right this wrong.”
So far more than 1800 people have signed the petition and bloggers agree. A writer for the Washington Post says...
“... this is clearly Gosling’s year... The guy starred in three great films in 2011, is an Oscar contender (yet again!), broke up a street fight, felt embarrassed about it, brought his dog on national TV and somehow managed to stay completely likable.”
But -- what’s done is done. A blogger for Zap2it writes...
“There's no reason to rail against the actual title-holder, Bradley Cooper... we're forgetting one important fact: Bradley Cooper is damn sexy... Let him have it.”
Anchors on KABB are shocked – Not because Gosling wasn’t picked, but because there are more important things.
“I mean come on ladies you know we’ve got big problems in the world, this is supposed to be fun who cares?”
And anchors for the DailyBuzz go further – What does this say about the Occupy Wall Street protest?
“Seriously? Come on y’all let it go. Next year maybe.
When you see people who have taken the time to protest the sexiest man alive, doesn’t that seem to discount the occupy protesters?
A little bit.
Saying you know, things are so bad in this country?
People Magazine stands by its decision.
Singer Miley Cyrus celebrated her birthday by taking up a cause that many citizens of America have been taking up. The Occupy Wall Street protests. Just weeks after she was mocked by unknown critics about her weight, Miley placed herself right in the middle of the ongoing protests and released a video.