Demonstrations have been held in various US cities as momentum grows in the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement. Among the other towns taking part on Wednesday were Los Angeles and Boston, where some university students walked out of lectures in solidarity.
The heart of the protests remains in New York, where about 5,000 people took to the streets of the city’s financial district to rally against economic inequality. One of them was Robin Diangelo who said people had finally had enough of the economic situation. “Never in the history of our world has this much wealth been concentrated in so few hands and it’s just out of control. Finally people are waking up and saying ‘no’,” he said.
Iman Elsayed said he fully supports the movement:
“I am a registered nurse in New York. I’ve been coming here for the last two weeks, before work, after work, during lunch break, to support ‘Occupy Wall Street’. To stand up against what’s going on, bailing out the banks.”
Terie, a student in the city, said she was there for her age-group and younger people: “As a young person I’m also concerned because I am the gap between the old generation and new generation, and the new generation can’t speak for themselves, so basically I have to make a stand for them,” she said.
Wednesday’s gathering in New York was the largest so far. The movement began on September 17 with only a few people, but has steadily been gaining support and growing in numbers.