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Wall St and jobs occupy US occupiers' minds

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Wall St and jobs occupy US occupiers' minds


As anti-Wall Street protesters enter their third week of public demonstrations in New York, the movement is spreading across the rest of the United States.

Hundreds have set up camp in a park in downtown Manhattan as part of the so-called Occupy Wall Street group. They are angry at the high rate of unemployment, and what they see as preferential treatment for the rich.

One protester said: “Our purpose is to bring attention to the substantial injustices that are occurring across our country right now, the collusion between corporate interests and political interests.”

Another added: “I hope that this continues until people pay attention, and right now, some of the news outlets have paid attention, but I think it needs to hit the front page.”

The movement has already gathered support from some trade unions and celebrities.

Similar groups have sprung up in cities like San Francisco, Boston and Chicago and it is believed Washington DC will be targeted later this week.

President Obama said he expects lawmakers in the US Congress to vote on his 300-billion euro jobs creation package by the end of the month. He wants it paid for by taxing wealthy Americans more.

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