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Occupy Wall Street: Thousands Join the Movement

Johannes Simon/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Occupy Wall Street movement that has sparked protests across the nation and the world enters its fifth week today as more demonstrations are planned.

This weekend, the protests and demonstrations expanded across Europe and in Asia and Australia.

In London Sunday morning, outside St Paul's Cathedral, a colorful tent city popped up overnight, where the police have allowed the protesters to remain to demonstrate peacefully.

The cold weather did not deter the protesters as they said they will stay for as long as it takes.

Most of the protests around the world sparked by the movement were peaceful, but in Rome a small group broke away from the main protest and smashed shop windows and torched a car.

As Rome burned, the protests spread like wildfire from Berlin where 4,000 people tried to march to the cities parliamentary buildings to Frankfurt where they converged on the European Central Bank.

In the U.S., protests focused on everything from corporate greed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

On Saturday, protesters gathered and marched in effort to bring awareness to corporate greed in Birmingham, Ala. Occupy Birmingham organizer Allyn Hudson said demonstrators are tired of the wealthy 1 percent and corporations controlling political decisions.

"People in America are concerned with having their voices drowned out by an endless tidal wave of money that is purchasing our politicians. We want our government to be free of such influence," Hudson said.

In Sacramento, Calif., as protesters gathered at Cesar Chavez Park, among those speaking was well known war protester and California native Cindy Sheehan.

"Economic and social equality that we seek cannot be achieved without complete and unconditional peace," she said.

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