Wall Street Occupation continues despite mass arrests over the weekend listen09/26/11 Kelly Benjamin
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The Occupy Wall Street protests continued in downtown Manhattan this weekend marking a week of peaceful protests against corruption in the US financial markets. While a few hundred camped out in the financial district, several thousand demonstrators marched through Manhattan.
On September 17, Occupy Wall Street protesters took over Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan. They filled it with sleeping bags, a makeshift kitchen, a library, and a live streaming news center to get the word out to the world about their resistance movement. Inspired by the Egyptian Tahrir Square uprising and the Spanish acampadas, the Occupy Wall Street movement has attracted people from all walks of life from all over the country. Barry (no last name please) is a construction contractor from New Jersey.
On Saturday, Occupy Wall Street protesters marched from the financial district north to Union Square with numbers swelling as they made their way up Broadway. Police surrounded sections of the crowd with orange netting, used pepper spray on several protesters and eventually arrested over 80 people on various charges. Despite the arrests, protesters vowed to stay and remain peaceful. Patrick Bruner is a spokesperson for Occupy Wall Street.
Originating from a call to action last July made by Culture Jamming magazine Adbusters, the loose Occupy Wall Street movement is leaderless and hopes to replicate the revolutionary Arab Spring uprisings that used mass occupations of public spaces to effect change. This is a protester who goes by Nelini.
here's video Kelly shot of Vlad of Occupy Wall Street talking to Fox News: