Activists protest against Wall Street in New York City

Stan Alcorn Sep 26, 2011
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Activists protest against Wall Street in New York City

Stan Alcorn Sep 26, 2011
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Jeremy Hobson: For more than a week, about 200 people have occupied
a small green space in New York, in the financial district, called Zuccotti Park.

They’ve been protesting for changes on Wall Street, though it’s not exactly clear what kind of change they’re looking for, as Stan Alcorn reports.


Stan Alcorn: This past weekend, the activists calling themselves Occupy Wall Street hoped to lead a few thousand people on a march through lower Manhattan. About five hundred turned up, with nearly as many messages. Signs ranged from “buy local” to “no such thing as too big to fail.”

Milo Gonzalez is one of the marchers.

Milo Gonzalez: There’s too many issues to represent here that we can’t have any one solid demand.

They’ve got plenty of slogans though.

Crowd: All day, all week, occupy Wall Street.

Crowd: Banks got bailed out, we got sold out.

There was a central theme running through the protest — that Wall Street is winning while the vast majority are losing.

Ryan Burrows drove from Pennsylvania to take part.

Ryan Burrows: The wealth disparity in America is just ridiculous right now. And I’m just sick of it.

The march ended a couple miles north of Wall Street with scores of arrests. But organizers plan to continue occupying Zuccotti Park for the foreseeable future.

In New York, I’m Stan Alcorn, for Marketplace.

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