Wall Street Protesters Vow to Occupy Lower Manhattan for Months
Sept. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Wall Street firms will be the target of a nonviolent demonstration in which organizers say they want 20,000 people to participate with tents, kitchens and “peaceful barricades.”
Dubbed “#OccupyWallStreet,” the goal of the protest in lower Manhattan is to get President Barack Obama to establish a commission to end “the influence money has over our representatives in Washington,” according to the website of Adbusters, a group promoting the demonstration. Organizers plan to start on Sept. 17 and want participants to “occupy” the area for “a few months,” according to the website.
“People have a right to protest, and if they want to protest, we'll be happy to make sure they have locations to do it,” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said yesterday at a press conference. “As long as they do it where other people's rights are respected, this is the place where people can speak their minds, and that's what makes New York New York.”