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"Occupy Wall Street" reveals Americans' anger over economic injustice: organizers

(Xinhua)

08:51, October 09, 2011

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- "Occupy Wall Street" protests, which started in New York in mid-September and have spread to dozens of U.S. cities including Los Angeles, have revealed the anger of Americans over the economic injustice in the country, leading protesters here say.

The movement seems without focused demand, they say. But from New York in the east to Los Angeles in the west, one slogan is common: "We are the 99 percent."

Joe Briones, one of the organizers for Occupy LA, told Xinhua that people join the protests to voice their concerns. In his view, the major problem that has made people frustrated is that Wall Street banks and big corporations have increasing influence on the government and politicians, and those greedy corporations try to influence the government for their own benefits at the cost of the majority of Americans, the 99 percent.

"This situation should be stopped, and I think that's one goal we should accomplish," said Briones.

Several hundred frustrated residents and homeowners marched in Los Angeles, California on Thursday to protest against big banks for "destroying jobs and neighborhoods with their greedy, reckless and predatory business practices." The protesters marched outside the offices of Wall Street banks, including Bank of America, Chase and Wells Fargo.

"I am a human being and I demand economic justice," shouted participants of Occupy LA when they demonstrated in front of Los Angeles city hall...

On the lawn of the northwest side of Los Angeles city hall, dozens of tents have been set up since Oct.1 by people who came to Occupy LA. With diverse signs and different slogans, most of the protesters claim they are the 99 percent.


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