"American Tahrir Square"? Hundreds of Young People Descend on Wall Street (And Remain There)
Salon's David Talbotpoints today that #OCCUPYWALLSTREET, the Anonymous- and/or young people-helmed movement to protest Wall Street's greedy practices, was occasionally calling itself "American Tahrir Square." He also points out that the moniker was a little ambitious, the heart was in the right place: ending corporate personhood, protesting the corporations and evil CEOs that many perceive are responsible for the fall of America, responsible for the ultimate demise of the environment, the world. Hundreds of protesters, spurred by nebulous hacking group Anonymous and social networking, converged upon the "economic ground zero" and made their presence felt. But it wasn't just youth out there—parents, public workers, and basically anyone who would have been working class a decade ago but now find themselves in economic hard times showed up. Salon:
"We are mad as hell that the world is as fucked up as it is by corporations," read a leaflet passed out by protesters. "The few who control wealth have bought off our democratically elected leadership." But the mood of the crowd was genial and upbeat.
"Optimism -- that's what brought us down here," said 40-year-old Dan Bryk, who was carrying his eight-month-old son, Henry, in a snuggly while holding a sign saying, "Oligarchy Is Not Healthy for Children and Other Living Things."
"There's a delightful naivete to this crowd," added Bryk.
"Like everyone our age, we're overeducated and unemployed," said Patrick Bruner, a 23-year-old native of Tucson, Arizona who recently migrated to Brooklyn. Bruner said that he and his fellow protestors were prepared to hold the Wall Street square for a long time.