Socialist Worker

‘We are the 99%’ - occupy movement goes global

by Anindya Bhattacharyya in New York
Issue No. 2274

Over a million people across the world took to the streets this week to protest against poverty, inequality and economic injustice.

The mass demonstrations on 15 October have blown the lid off the anger felt by millions more against banks, corporations and warmongers.

Protests took place in more than 950 cities. Many have become city square occupations.

This was the largest day of globally coordinated action since the 15 February 2003 protests against the impending war in Iraq.

Up to 100,000 filled Times Square in New York on Saturday night.

Zak, one of those protesting, told Socialist Worker, “It was amazing. Times Square was just rammed with protesters for as far as you can see.”

In London, hundreds of protesters remain camped outside St Paul’s Cathedral.

They put out an initial statement supporting the 30 November public sector strikes and the 9 November national student demonstration.

The protests express a growing sense that there is something fundamentally wrong with the world—and that we can do something about it.

Protesters call themselves the “99 percent”—in contrast to the “1 percent” elite that accumulates power and wealth by robbing and exploiting the rest of us.

No wonder three million workers are set to strike in Britain on 30 November.

The strike aims to stop Tory attacks on pensions. But it’s also about stopping their wholesale assault on our jobs and services.

Millions of workers in Greece were set to start a 48-hour general strike on Wednesday of this week. Leading up to Wednesday, thousands of workers struck, from nurses to taxi drivers.

Together we can smash the austerity plans of the 1 percent.

But we can also transform the world from one run for a handful of rich parasites to one we run for ourselves.


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