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"Occupy Wall Street" protests spread to cities worldwide

(Xinhua)

09:35, October 16, 2011

NEW YORK, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- "Occupy Wall Street (OWS)" protests , which initially targeted corporate greed, and their offshoots in a solidarity for global action on Saturday spread to cities in more than 80 countries around the world.

In New York City, more than 1,000 protesters set off Saturday noon from Zuccotti Park, a privately owned property just two blocks away from Wall Street in lower Manhattan, and marched on JP Morgan Chase bank buildings in the financial district, banging drums and chanting, "We are sold out, banks are bailed out," and " End the war, tax the rich."

The protesters marched uptown to converge at Time Square on the intersection of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, passing venues including Liberty Square, Washington Square Park and numbers of the protesters kept growing all the way along, according to a text posted on the movement's website.

A woman protester from New York City who identified herself as Mary, 54, said she had worked for 30 years but has become jobless since 2000. Wielding a placard saying "No Job No Health Care No Future No American Dream," the woman said she was by no way a lazy hippie and she joined the demonstration because she could not afford her children's college education.

"I am glad OWS protests are going global," said Mary, adding she was confident that the protests would be sure to make changes.

Saturday's demonstration in New York City, carried out under tight police surveillance, went on peacefully for the most part, except at La Guardia Place where police arrested 22 protesters who attempted to close their accounts with the Citi Bank there, said a document posted on the movement's website: http://occupywallst.org.

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