Occupy Wall Street
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As I write this, on the streets of New York in the heart of the financial district, protesters line the streets in opposition to the financial tycoons that have stolen their futures. Labelled as ‘over-educated’ and ‘under-employed’, the protesters say that they can “no longer afford to let corporate greed and corrupt politics set the policies of our nation.” On Saturday 17th September, an estimated 5,000 people gathered in downtown New York on Wall Street, calling themselves “The 99%” that will “no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%.” Despite a constant presence by the New York Police Department, the occupiers have been holding fast for the last week, although police have been accused of using heavy-handed tactics. Disturbing footage of police officers rounding up a group of non-violent female protesters before spraying them in the face with pepperspray has emerged on YouTube. Many who have watched the footage have been reminded of the kettling tactics used by the Metropolitan Police in last year’s riots over the increase in tuition fees.
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