CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

Occupy Wall Street voice grows louder as protest enters fourth week

10-11-2011 09:19 BJT

NEW YORK, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- The efforts of Occupy Wall Street protesters appeared to be gaining steam as they camped out at Lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park for the 24th day on Monday.

Since Sept. 17, protesters have set up their own impromptu village in Zuccotti Park with no sign of slowing its growth. There are status boards with the weather, the schedule for the day and coverage of the protests in the media.

At the comfort station, protesters can get clothes and hand- warmers. At the kitchen station, protesters have set up a filtration system that cleans dishwater by filtering it through soil and gravel. The effluent is then used to water plants in the park."Obviously there's a lot of discontent in America. It (Occupy Wall Street) is the beginning of people meeting with others, discussing what are the true issues and then working together to make changes," a protester named Athena Soules told Xinhua.

"If enough people gather here, changes will happen," she added.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg also softened his stance on Monday toward the protest, saying that protesters will be allowed to "express themselves" as long as they obey the laws.

"The bottom line is people want to express themselves. And as long as they obey the laws, we will allow them to," Bloomberg said when responding to questions at the Columbus Day Parade.

He added that if the protesters do something illegal, "...we're going to do what we're supposed to do - enforce the laws." Organizers of this leaderless protest against income inequality and corporate greed also billed Monday as "Kids Speak Out" day, given that many school children are off for Columbus Day.

"Even as banks got bailed out, American children have witnessed their parents get tossed out of their homes and lose their jobs. Public school kids have lost arts, music and physical education," the movement's website said. "Now our kids can see activists take these issues to the streets in a democratic forum at Occupy Wall Street." The Rev. Al Sharpton also broadcast his syndicated radio show in Zuccotti Park on Monday, calling more people to support the demonstration.

U.S. company Ben & Jerry's issued a statement of solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement over the weekend, saying that "The inequity that exists between classes in our country is simply immoral." In addition, organizers also set a new date for a major demonstration: Oct. 15, which they are calling a global "Day of Action against Banks". Starting in New York and spreading almost daily,the protests have reached more than 100 major U.S. cities, attracting thousands of protesters powered by social- networking sites.

 

 

 

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: Xinhua

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program