US protest rallies now spread to more than 1000 cities
Widening US protest rallies against the prevalence of top-level corruption, poverty, and social inequality in America, which began two weeks ago in New York, have now spread to more than 1,000 cities across the country, Press TV reports.
As of Friday morning, the website “Occupy Together,” a hub for nationwide events in solidarity with “Occupy Wall Street” reported gatherings in 1,000 cities.
Protest superstars such as Green Party leader and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader have boosted protester enthusiasm.
On Thursday, activists kicked off the “October 2011” protest by occupying Freedom Plaza, near the White House and Washington DC’s downtown business and corporate section. Rallies have spread from Freedom Plaza to McPherson Square, where “Occupy DC” is being staged by people that are younger and more grassroots.
Protesters use the slogan “We are the 99 percent” to call attention to the fact that they are not part of the one percent of Americans in possession of the nation’s wealth.
“We need to stop investing in privatization. We need to start worrying about the 99 percent of the population. We need to start investing our money into social welfare programs,” one protester said.