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Wall Street protests: U.S. version of Arab Spring?

By Wang Fei (Jiefang Daily)

08:16, October 10, 2011

Edited and Translated by People's Daily Online

A series of demonstrations dubbed "Occupy Wall Street" began in the United States in mid-September, with hundreds of people gathering in Manhattan's financial district to protest against the greed and corruption of Wall Street financial institutions and to accuse the U.S. government of bailing out the financial institutions at the expense of the majority of the country.

"The one thing we all have in common is that we are the 99 percent that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1 percent," protesters said on a website named "Occupy Wall Street." The protest movement has the following characteristics:

First, it is spreading rapidly. The movement has grown from a few hundred people to more than 10,000 people and has gained the support of certain influential labor unions and many college students.

Second, the movement has a significant "butterfly effect," which is the favorite term of the United States for the "color revolutions" worldwide. The movement, which began in New York City, has spread to more than 10 major U.S. cities, including Washington, Los Angeles and San Francisco in less than three weeks and it is still spreading like wildfire.

Third, the movement has amazing sustainability. Although it has lasted nearly three weeks, protesters have not lost any passion for the movement and are still determined to achieve their pre-set goals.

The U.S. media is worried that riots similar to the Arab Spring in the Middle East and North Africa may occur in the United States. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently warned that the country's ongoing struggles with unemployment could lead to riots in the streets

The movement has shaken the United States as well as the world. The U.S. government has expressed understanding of the people’s frustration and seems to be working hard to develop appropriate measures for easing the protests.

Recently, some mainstream U.S. media said that the background of the "Occupy Wall Street" activity was the persistent decline of the U.S. economy and the U.S. people's dissatisfaction with the Wall Street. Some analyses also believe that the activity is turning into a punching bag for the U.S. public to abreact their dissatisfaction with the current situation, is a mirror of the current social contradictions of the United States and is also a big explosion of the economic, social and political contradictions of the United States accumulated in the past years.

Meanwhile, an article published on the New American newspaper warned that the demonstration on Wall Street that started on Sept. 17 was launched by extreme activists, left-wing organizations, self-proclaimed revolutionists and anti-capitalism agitators, and may lead to a severe riot.

In fact, the so-called Arab Spring is objectively inexistent. It is just a beautiful name given by the Untied States based on its own wishful thinking. The Untied States has been fostering pro-America forces in the Middle East for a long time and meanwhile has also been trying to implement the Greater Middle East Initiative.

When the two options conflict with each other, the Untied States always chooses the first one. Except for Syria and Libya, the "political earthquake" that occurred in West Asia and North Africa in 2011 was mainly aimed at the mild pro-United States administrations, and the United States was caught by it unprepared. Since the United States had landed itself in a passive position, it should reflect on itself. But instead, the Untied States, due to its hegemonic thinking, adopted the trick of grafting flowers on a tree and tried to connect it with the Greater Middle East Initiative to spread it to Libya, Syria and even Iran and other Asian countries. Unfortunately, cleverness may overreach itself. The god did not help the U.S. administration, but instead inspired the youths of the "Occupy the Wall Street" activity. That is really an irony.

The author is the executive director of the Strategy Research Center under the China Foundation for International Studies


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PD User at 2011-10-11220.255.2.*
This is call " Cause and Effect ".The West had been creating problems for so many countries for the past 300 years. From bringing of slaves from Africa, forcing Chinese to take opium, plundering of resources from other countries such as oil from middle east and tin from Malaysia, toppling of leaders in South America, Middle East and other third world countries. Stealing of oil from Iraq.The Effect of what the west had done to many countries is coming to them now. This is only the beginning. US, UK and France will taste exactly what had happened in Arab. Government will be toppled by the people. So you will see that the authority in US, UK and France will feel threaten and army will be called in to control the protestors. They will even kill the protestors and the media will distort the whole situation and then blame protestors. Just watch the things unfold in the next few months.
wende at 2011-10-1071.125.81.*
China should not allow the call for demonstrations in the whole world to materialize in China. However, China ought to heed the lesson on these demonstration and should make adjustments in China.
Ping Chen at 2011-10-1076.5.22.*
Call it American Fall
CK Wong at 2011-10-10118.101.29.*
In any time of human history, there is always a period of social disturbances or uprising, and most of the time they were contagious in nature. Today we witness the handy communication and media speedy coverage of news from any corners of the world, what happens in US on wall street occupation, it should be term as the extension of Arab spring because the nature in the same, people are angry towards the government inability to stabilize their emotion because of thing like fairness, job opportunities, wealth distribution disparities, rich and poor gap widening, etc etc... sure US is facing the music now, may be its time UN have to stand by rescue team in case things get out of hands in wall street., military option?????? ask Mr. Bean...
elee at 2011-10-10183.39.98.*
The western term "what goes around comes around" ever holds so true and is a natural law! This "Occupy Wall Street" should deal a really big slap in the faces of all those revolution_promoters and activist_promoters where they used to stand out in the huge unruly mobs clapping and cheering them on in other troubled and instigated countries. Why aren"t they stand out in their own homeland mobs of street protests to declare, "We actively support all activists in this world"? What goes around comes around sooner than you thought and it is an inescapable rule of natural science!!

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