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.
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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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They’re fed up! And they want everyone to know it.
The Occupy Wall Street movement is gaining momentum and has analysts and pundits asking: is Occupy Wall Street the new Tea Party of the left?
“Ever since the dawn of the Tea Party, liberal activists have yearned for a revolution of their own.” (CNN)
“They feel like this is bringing light into the left -- essentially bringing people excited and energized.” (Wall Street Journal)
“The liberal media seized on the moment, possibly trying to make it their Tea Party moment.” (Fox News)
And conservatives like House Majority Leader Eric Cantor say they're concerned.
“I, for one, am increasingly concerned about the growing mobs occupying Wall Street and the other cities across the country.” (CSPAN)
Adding fuel to the already blazing fire, politicians and celebrities are beginning to show their support for the Occupy Wall Street movement. Politico reports the movement has been gaining increasing attention from the media as well.
“Coverage of the protests in the mainstream media has gotten progressively more serious. The New York Times’s initial review of the protest was a bit sneering, accusing them of trying to ‘pantomime progressivism.’ But by Thursday, sarcasm about the protests seemed to have gone a bit out of fashion.”
Everywhere except here:
“These are mostly college kids, okay? Most of them live off their parents. All dressed in protester sheets. Whipping it up. These protesters and knit caps and alpaca dirty pullovers.”
But when the Tea Party started getting national attention -- liberal critics echoed the same sentiment.
“Sometimes I really think this whole Tea Party thing is just an elaborate practical joke that everybody else is just pretending to take seriously and then one day when I’ve almost had enough, they’re all going to say ‘Surprise, it was just a gag!’”
Finally, an analyst on MSNBC sees parallels between the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street, but says the liberal movement has work to do before it can see the same s
“They’re still having trouble articulating specifically what they’re fighting for beyond, for instance, decrying that corporations quote have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ health care and pay.”
I do not own the songs in this video.
Song 1: Youth of the Nation by P.O.D
Song 2: Riot by Three Days Grace
On October 25, 2011 in Oakland, protesters gather to show their opposition to the day's earlier events. Tear Gas, Flash Bombs, and violence are some of the tactics used by riot police throughout this video
WED NOV 2
Shut down Oakland
A video from the Peaceful Warriors on the street in Oakland sent to me by a good friend. I plan leave my comfy lair and join them soon as can...
This seams to show The Moment Scott Olsen Was Shot In The Face By Oakland Cops. He was standing quite and peaceful at parade rest. He offered no verbal are physical threat. He just stood there bravely like the soldier he is exercising his first amendment right to OCCUPY!. Footage from the Occupy Oakland protest, October 25th, 2011. After protesters ran to the aid of a badly-injured person, Oakland Police deliberately lobbed a flash grenade into the crowd. Whatever you think of the Occupy movement, police behavior of this kind is criminal and should be prosecuted.
Dan's thoughts on Occupy Wall Street.
Dan's thoughts on Occupy Wall Street.
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