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Tahrir in Wall Street

October 3rd, 2011

It’s time to talk about the Occupy Wall Street movement. As with the movement itself, I have more enthusiasm than analysis to offer at this point. I’m in Washington DC at present and i went to a (very small) meeting [1] a couple of weeks ago which was part of the planning for a similar protest starting on 6 October (more info here). Things have certainly grown since then, and it could be quite a big event.

In the generally undirected spirit of the movement, here is an open thread for your comments, predictions and so on.

fn1. As a visitor to the US, I’m not actually involved in the organization, but I was interested to hear about it and sympathetic to what I heard. Those at the meeting seemed more ordinary, and of all ages, compared to the media images of ragtag youth at the Wall Street protest.

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  1. TerjeP
    October 4th, 2011 at 22:35 | #1

    As I said earlier I’m conflicted over whether to support or oppose this movement. I certainly feel that the US federal reserve ought to be reined in and in Boston some protesters who claim to be part of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement also seem to have a similar sentiment. Although they are a bit more emphatic with their language.

  2. October 4th, 2011 at 23:39 | #2

    And how should one engage or deal with others who actually ARE not really genuine?

  3. Dan
    October 6th, 2011 at 21:51 | #3

    Just for everyone’s reference, here’s the statement, read with appropriate *Good Night and Good Luck* gravitas by Keith Olbermann:

  4. gerard
    October 7th, 2011 at 20:37 | #4

    I just visited http://www.nytimes.com/

    there are dozens of stories on the front page, but literally no mention of these protests at all – this is the day after 15,000 – 20,000 marched all night through the center of NEW YORK, getting kettled and beaten up by police

    instead, the top story is this:

    Some Unemployed Find Fault in Extension of Jobless Benefits
    Dan Tolleson, a researcher and writer with a Ph.D. in politics, has been out of work since 2009, except for brief stints as a driver. Still, he opposes President Obama’s call for Congress to renew extensions on unemployment benefits.

    “They’re going to end up spending more money on unemployment benefits, while less money is coming in on tax returns,” he said, suggesting that the government should focus on measures that might encourage businesses to hire. “Far better to relax some of these outrageous regulations.”

  5. gerard
    October 8th, 2011 at 07:46 | #5

    great, they’ve finally got a story on OWS now: about how protestors are using a local cafe’s toilet without buying anything.

    For Some, Wall Street Is Main Street
    Panini and Company normally sells sandwiches to tourists in Lower Manhattan and the residents nearby, but in recent days its owner, Stacey Tzortzatos, has also become something of a restroom monitor. Protesters from Occupy Wall Street, who are encamped in a nearby park, have been tromping in by the scores, and not because they are hungry.

    The rest is just generally about how local residents hate the protesters and want them to go away.

    Steve Zamfotis, manager of another nearby store, Steve’s Pizza, said: “They are pests. They go to the bathroom and don’t even buy a cup of coffee.”

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