It has been going on for a few weeks now, protests which started in Manhattan have spread to Boston, Chicago and LA. In Manhattan protesters have set up a makeshift camp in a park and are threatening to stay all winter. Hundreds have been arrested in the demonstrations and police have been criticized for their use of violence and capsicum spray.
There is some confusion what the protests are actually calling for. A range of issues are being highlighted, such as: an end to corporate greed, unemployment, the war and bank bail outs.
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Power to the people. I love a good protest, even if it seems some what disorganized, leaderless and lacking in any real objectives. I've always want to take to the streets, shouting slogans, waving placards. I've just never had anything to really believe in or an angry mob to back me up.
And sadly i was born in a country where it seems the only thing we care enough about to gather in the streets about is beating up foreigners (if you don't know about the Cronulla riots don't worry it was just a very low point in Australia's history which brings much embarrassment to sane and respectable Australians).
In Nepal people take to the streets so often it has actually lost all meaning. Every time there is an enforced strike people shut up shop but half the time we don't know why people are protesting or what for... who cares right, its a day off work! The only people involved are fanatical fringes. It isn't fashionable to care about politics anymore, and why would it be politicians, strikes, government workers, the constitution - its all so ineffectual why waste your time.
There must be a way to get people involved again. It happened in Egypt, in the Middle East and now people are trying it in America. Maybe it is time for the rest of us to take another look at people power and have a think about what we would be willing to take to the streets for?