Will Protests Against American Greed A Beginning Of US’s Jasmine Revolution


NEW YORK – Will the New York City witness an American version of “Arab Spring”? The protest against the corporate greed that began in a small park near Wall Street two weeks ago, is gradually spreading nationwide as similar protests began popping up from Boston to Chicago and Los Angeles.

The Wall Street protest inspired from the Arab Spring movement notably the Tahrir Square protests in Cairo, demands for enactment of economic and judicial reforms on a national scale.

The protest was originally called for by the Canadian activist group Adbusters. The hacker group Anonymous released a video in which they threatened to launch a cyber-attack against the NYPD in response to the police brutalities. “Beginning from one simple demand – a presidential commission to separate money from politics – we start setting the agenda for a new America. The protest’s organizers hope that the protestors themselves will formulate their own specific demands, expecting them to be focused on “… taking to task the people who perpetrated the economic meltdown.”

In less than three weeks time, similar demonstrations had been held in Washington, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Miami,[11] Portland, Maine, and Denver.

While corporate greed is what the campaigners are protesting against, other issues like the corporations’ right to invest unlimited funds in political campaigns, the government bailouts of big Wall Street institutions, unemployment, student debt etc have been highlighted as the perpetuating factors.

However, the campaign is criticized for lack of leadership and focus. The critics say, “they want to “occupy” Wall Street, not quite sure why.”