Thursday, October 6, 2011

Wall Street protests mark 20th day Thursday

Thursday marks the 20th day of Wall Street protests and the grassroots demonstrations against income inequality, corporate greed and other social ills appear to be picking up steam.

The crowds at the "Occupy Wall Street" rally on Wednesday seemed to be the largest since the protests started. At the event, protesters and officers scuffled and New York police arrested 28 people for various offenses including one facing charges of assaulting an officer.

Thousands marched from lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park -- considered a rallying point for the largely leaderless group -- to Foley Square near City Hall.

While the fledgling movement has struggled in its definition, demonstrators appear steadfast in their general criticism of the country's wealthiest 1% and its purported influence.

The group seemed to gain momentum after a September 24 pepper spray incident involving protesters and New York police officers. more