Entries in Demonstrations (2)


Wall Street Protesters Say They’re Settled In

Ramin Talaie/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Protesters who vowed to “occupy Wall Street” are holding their ground in downtown New York, and say they have no plans to leave anytime soon.

The protest started Saturday with a “Day of Rage,” when thousands of people gathered in the Financial District and vowed to stay on Wall Street as long as it takes to make their point that they will “no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%.”

Organizers have said they hoped for as many as 20,000 people to join the protests, but estimates Saturday were that the crowd peaked at around 5,000.

Although the number has dwindled since Saturday, those remaining seem to be in it for the long haul.  According to tweets sent out by Occupy Wall Street, the group has blankets, food and space heaters available for protesters.

The New York Police Department says that even though the demonstrators don’t have a permit for the protest, they have no plans to remove those protesters who seem determined to stay on the streets.

According to the Occupy Wall Street website, the effort was inspired by the lasting demonstrations of “our brothers and sisters in Egypt, Greece, Spain, and Iceland.”

Organizers of the protest told ABC News affiliate WABC-TV in New York that they are hoping the crowd will grow as the work week begins Monday.  Like the protests that inspired this one, the demonstration is being fueled by social media, with supporters using the Twitter hashtag #takewallstreet to organize meetings of the so-called “General Assembly” and to advertise the effort.  The event is also streaming live online.

According to a statement on the Occupy Wall Street website, supporters of the movement are angered by what they call the principle of “profit over and above all else.”

“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%,” the statement said.

Comments New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg made last week that some may argue seem to have forecast the event.

“You have a lot of kids graduating college who can’t find jobs.  That’s what happened in Cairo.  That’s what happened in Madrid.  You don’t want those kind of riots here,” Bloomberg said.

For now though, the protesters have vowed to stay peaceful and hold their ground until the changes they are demanding are met.  They are calling for protests in other cities, worker and student strikes, and the creation of similar organizations throughout the country.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Ohio Protesters Locked Out of State Capitol Rotunda

Photo Courtesy - J.D. Pooley/Getty Images(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Temperatures were running high in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday as state and local workers protested a GOP-sponsored bill that would virtually end collective bargaining rights.

State troopers refused to allow demonstrators to enter the state capitol rotunda as they did last week, when the protests began.  About 700 people were permitted to fill the statehouse atrium but couldn't wander beyond that.

Thousands remained outside the building to air their grievances.  One rally organizer complained, "People want to be in the statehouse.  It's the people's house."

The proposed bill is similar to legislation in Wisconsin that has led to a standoff between Republicans and union members, prompting Democratic lawmakers to leave the state to block a vote on the bill.

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