The Occupy Wall Street movement, a series of nationwide demonstrations that opposes corporate greed and social inequality, has caught fire in recent days. What started as a single protest in New York City has spread to multiple cities and resulted in hundreds of arrests.
The movement began in July after anti-consumerist group Adbusters called for an occupation of Wall Street on September 17. It quickly gained support from groups like Anonymous. Around 1,000 showed up for the first protest. Over the next two weeks, the protests gained steam and drew the attention of the mainstream media.
The protests reached their crescendo on October 1, when thousands of protesters started blocking traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge. More than 700 were arrested as police officers and protesters clashed during the unauthorized march.
The web chatter about #OccupyWallStreet is on the rise as well. The protests were the subject of more than 0.5% of all tweets at its peak on Saturday, according to Trendistic. Protesters have uploaded thousands of photos and videos of the protests from Seattle to the Big Apple.
We’re tracking the movement’s growth. In additional, we’ve curated a range of photos and videos from various #OccupyWallStreet protests. Check out the galleries below to get a glimpse of what is happening, and let us know what you think of the movement in the comments.
Photos: Occupy Wall Street
Brooklyn Bridge Protests
Ithica Commons Protest
Liberty Plaza Protests
#OccupyWallStreet in San Francisco
Taking Over the Bridge
On the Brooklyn Bridge
Police and Protesters on the Bridge
#OccupyWallStreet Seattle Protests
Protests at One Police Plaza
Videos: Occupy Wall Street
Protesters Film Arrests
Roseanne Barr at a Occupy Wall Street Protest.
Roseanne Barr appears at Occupy Wall Street protest.
Occupy Wall Street Arrest on 9/24
Occupy Wall Street Protest in San Francisco
Protesters Take Over the Brooklyn Bridge
Michael More Talks at Liberty Plaza
Protests on the Bridge
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