The United States is the latest country to see calls for change multiplying, with a protest movement against corporate power gathering momentum.
The Occupy Wall Street campaign began in New York last month. Support has come from many sides including trade unions whose backing has helped swell the demonstrators’ ranks.
“The world is a terrible mess, and nobody knows exactly what to do about it, but I think these kids are asking the right questions,” said Margot Leverett, a sympathiser who has donated food and supplies to activists in New York.
Philadelphia and Chicago are among more than a dozen cities now seeing protests, in which high unemployment and income inequality are also being denounced.
“We don’t eat out a lot and we don’t have things like cable TV,” said Randy, a student, who took her four-year-old son to a protest in Philadelphia. “We take a lot of public transport. You know we don’t live outside our means, but it gets tough sometimes.”
And politicians are having to take note. If the movement continues to grow, it could influence next year’s presidential and congressional elections.