Occupy protests spread to cities worldwide
United for Global Change — the central site for the movement organizing worldwide protests — said 951 cities in 82 countries were to take part in the demonstrations after online organizers called for a worldwide rally.
In London, protester Peter Vaughn, reflecting the mood of many in the crowd there, said people criticized financial institutions that have “gambled away our money. … We’re giving people a real voice against a government that just ignored us.”
Demonstrations across the world were peaceful overall, inspired by the protests in the United States. Australian cities of Melbourne and Sydney joined rallies against “corporate greed” as protesters aligned themselves with the global movement. In the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, about two dozen people — some wearing masks — gathered near the U.S. Embassy. About 200 people marched through Tokyo carrying various signs. Debbie Chen works for a group protesting against Apple’s treatment of its workers in China.
In London, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange spoke to demonstrators. “What is happening here today is a culmination of greed that many people all over the world have worked towards from Cairo to London,” Assange said.
One protester said in Belleville, France, referring to the country’s leaders, said government isn’t listening to the people and dialogue with them is impossible. “You are not listening to us … we can’t go on like this so we are getting out and showing ourselves,” he said.
Organizers worldwide started social media pages on Facebook and Twitter devoted to “October 15” — #O15 on Twitter — urging protesters to join the global call for protests.