Thursday, October 13, 2011

Occupy Wall Street To Go Global

Saturday has events planned that, should they be successful, will catapult the #OccupyWallStreet and similar movements onto the global stage in a worldwide show of solidarity for the working class.

The #GlobalChange event is scheduled to take place in over 650 cities worldwide and has been explicitly endorsed by the organizers of #OccupyWallStreet, signaling a rush of similar events to take place on October 15th.

Its goal is stated to be a clear message to the powerful minority of wealthy people that fouling the environment and bankrupting our nations is no longer a tenable option to the people of the world:
From America to Asia, from Africa to Europe, people are rising up to claim their rights and demand a true democracy. Now it is time for all of us to join in a global non violent protest. 
The ruling powers work for the benefit of just a few, ignoring the will of the vast majority and the human and environmental price we all have to pay. This intolerable situation must end. 
United in one voice, we will let politicians, and the financial elites they serve, know it is up to us, the people, to decide our future. We are not goods in the hands of politicians and bankers who do not represent us.
#OccupySeattle is joining the worldwide event with a rally scheduled at 12 PM.  The day's agenda will continue well into the evening, with the occupiers of Westlake defiantly calling for a "Night of 500 Tents," an event clearly planned to assert the demonstrator's right to camp in Seattle's financial district.  Until now, arrests have been infrequent and this appears to have bolstered protesters' confidence in their right to demonstrate at the park, even though the Mayor and the SPD have been adamant that protesters cannot camp overnight in the busiest shopping district in the city.

No word has reportedly come from City Hall commenting on Saturday's planned events.  More updates as they come.  

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