Wall Street Protesters Plan To Turn Lower Manhattan Into America’s ‘Tahrir Square’
Thousands of peaceful protesters have descended on New York City’s financial district today to send a loud message to President Barack Obama: “End the influence money has over our representatives in Washington”.
The protesters intend to create a ‘city of tents’ and remain there for as long as it takes for their “one demand” to be met.
The organizers, including Vancouver-based Adbusters Magazine, US Day of Rage, the Anonymous hacktivist group, and the people of the NYC General Assembly, hope to press the US government to take action against its own corporate hijacking — a result of the recent controversial Supreme Court ruling, Citizens United.
As expressed by the organizers:
Unfortunately, free and fair elections are a thing of the past in America. Because of recent Supreme Court decisions, money is flowing freely and unaccountably into the American electoral process. Elections will be swayed by interests opposed to those of the United States. Corporations, even those owned by foreign shareholders, will and do use money to act as the voices of millions, while individual citizens, the legitimate voters, are silenced and demoralized by the farce of American Democracy.
The President and the First Lady, ironically enough, will be in New York City this Monday (Sept 19-20) schmoozing those same moneyed-interests at a private $38,500 per person Park Avenue fundraising event. The protesters hope to extend an invitation to the President to come downtown and to “join our people’s assembly”.
At the OccupyWallStreet website, the organizers describe the protesters as every American, apart from the corrupted establishment:
Occupy Wall Street is a leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%.
There are solidarity protests also being held in other parts of the world, including Milan, Madrid, Valencia, London, Lisbon, Athens, San Francisco, Santander, Madison, Amsterdam, Los Angeles and now Algeria and Israel.
Here is footage of the protests:
You can continue to watch the protests via this live feed: LiveStream
EDIT: Originally, the number of protesters was estimated to be “Tens of thousands”. In light of new information that estimate has been revised.
Watch: BBC Reports ‘Hacktivist’ Groups Moving From DDoS Attacks To Journalism
Here’s an interesting BBC World News America clip that documents how a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack actually works. The news program then brings on Jeff Jarvis, author and Professor of Journalism at the City University of New York, and Tom Blanton, Executive Director of the National Security Archives. They discuss WikiLeaks and the hacktivist groups that independently target corporations complicit in the US government’s attempts to sabotage WikiLeaks’ transparency efforts.
It is revealed that the hacktivist group ‘Anonymous’ has called on its thousands of members today to stop the DDoS attacks — believing it’s diverting the world’s focus away from WikiLeaks’ diplomatic cable revelations. Instead the members are being asked to redirect their energies towards reading the WikiLeaks documents themselves, and writing stories about them online: