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'Occupy Wall Street' protests spread to 82 countries

ISTANBUL - Hürriyet | 10/16/2011 12:00:00 AM |

Protesters have taken to the streets in 82 countries in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement to demonstrate against financial corruption and capitalism.

Protesters have taken to the streets in 82 countries in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement to demonstrate against financial corruption and capitalism’s economic inequalities.

The wide-spread demonstrations against economic inequality began several weeks ago in the United States when a large group of protestors stormed through Wall Street, the country’s financial heart.

Over the weekend, protesters took to the streets in Europe, Africa, Asia, North America and Latin America.

Some 500 protesters gathered in Hong Kong, while Tokyo witnessed anti-nuclear demonstrations and Sydney saw 600 people camping outside of the Australian Central Bank. Sarajevo and London also had groups protesting against the unequal distribution of wealth inherent in the capitalist system.

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The protests against the economic crises first emerged in Spain in early May, following the Arab Spring that took the streets of countless Middle Eastern countries, where thousands rose against their governments.

The Occupy Wall Street movement, which has been continuing for several weeks in the United States, has attracted increasingly high-profile supporters, including over 100 authors who released a statement in support of the demonstrations; world-famous artist Kanye West also appeared at a recent protest to voice his support.

Rome witnessed the biggest demonstrations, where between 80,000 and 250,000 people took to the streets of the capital. Cars and buildings were set on fire, and clashes occurred between the protesters and security forces. 

Julian Assange, the man behind the whistle-blowing site WikiLeaks, also appeared for a London protest. "From Cairo to London, individuals are uniting against the greedy and corrupt system," Assange said. "The aim here in not to take down law, but to build it."

The demonstrations are now spread over 951 cities in over 80 countries. 

A similar move was attempted in Turkey under the name of "Rise Istanbul," but failed when only 50 protesters showed up in Taksim for the cause. The protest was postponed to a future date to ensure more participants join. 

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