Protestor: Banks got bailed out.
Adriana: The month-long protests that started on Wall Street have taken off.
Protestor: This is a people protest.
Adriana: They have flown to Italy, England, Greece, Argentina, even to Japan and Australia. Not to mention, swept across U.S. cities from Orlando, Florida to Oakland, California.
Over the weekend, thousands around the globe marched against unemployment, government cuts, and what they call corporate greed. They say they think the system is slanted toward the rich and that the average person gets taken advantage of.
In Athens, Greece, people took to the streets to voice their anger over their shaky economy, which many say could collapse. Italy’s financial system is also on the edge. Angry protestors smashed bank windows and riot-police had to use tear gas to control crowds. But thousands elsewhere protested peacefully, sometimes wearing masks and even dancing! This German man says people are suffering from the power of the banks.
Protestors: Whose streets? Our streets!
Adriana: In London, crowds were rallied by Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, a controversial website that publishes top secret government documents. He said his site will now target financial institutions.
And back where the protests all started, demonstrators not only occupied Wall Street, they took over Times Square.
Protestor: It’s the greatest place in the world. If we don’t have a voice here, then where?
Protestor: Banks got bailed out, we got sold out.
Adriana: Washington, D.C. protestors went to banks and put their money where their mouths are.
Protestor: We have come here. We have come here to close our accounts.
Adriana: In all, protests were held in dozens of countries. Just another example of how what starts on Wall Street can affect the world’s streets.
Adriana Diaz, Channel One News.
- Where is the Occupy Wall Street protest taking place outside of the U.S. and why?