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Occupy Wall Street is a people-powered movement that began on September 17, 2011 in Liberty Square in Manhattan’s Financial District, and has spread to over 100 cities in the United States and actions in over 1,500 cities globally.

It aims to fight back against the corrosive power of major banks and multinational corporations over the democratic process, and the role of Wall Street in creating an economic collapse that has caused the greatest recession in generations. The movement is inspired by popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, and aims to fight back against the richest 1% of people that are writing the rules of an unfair global economy that is foreclosing on our future.

The occupations around the world are being organized using a non-binding consensus based collective decision making tool known as a "people's assembly". – Text from the Occupy Wall Street website and photos by Agencies

Sean Gregg, a member of the Occupy Wall Street movement, records a live podcast as he sits on Federal Plaza across from the New York Stock Exchange in New York April 15, 2012.  – Reuters Photo.
Sean Gregg, a member of the Occupy Wall Street movement, records a live podcast as he sits on Federal Plaza across from the New York Stock Exchange in New York April 15, 2012. – Reuters Photo.
Members of Occupy Wall Street dressed as a baseball team named "The Tax Dodgers" (rear) participate in a rally near Central Park in New York April 14, 2012. – Reuters Photo.
Members of Occupy Wall Street dressed as a baseball team named "The Tax Dodgers" (rear) participate in a rally near Central Park in New York April 14, 2012. – Reuters Photo.
Members of the Occupy Wall Street dressed as a baseball team named "The Tax Dodgers" participate in a rally near Central Park in New York April 14, 2012. – Reuters Photo.
Members of the Occupy Wall Street dressed as a baseball team named "The Tax Dodgers" participate in a rally near Central Park in New York April 14, 2012. – Reuters Photo.
Occupy Wall Street protester Ray Leone practices yoga after sleeping at the corner of Wall Street and Nassau Street, across the street from the New York Stock Exchange, in the Financial District in New York April 12, 2012. – Reuters Photo.
Occupy Wall Street protester Ray Leone practices yoga after sleeping at the corner of Wall Street and Nassau Street, across the street from the New York Stock Exchange, in the Financial District in New York April 12, 2012. – Reuters Photo.
A University of California Davis police officer pepper-sprays students during their sit-in at an "Occupy UCD" demonstration in Davis, California in this November 18, 2011 file photo. University of California officials and campus police exercised poor judgment and excessive force in the pepper-spraying of students aligned with the Occupy Wall Street movement last fall, an independent review of the incident found on April 11, 2012. – Reuters Photo.
A University of California Davis police officer pepper-sprays students during their sit-in at an "Occupy UCD" demonstration in Davis, California in this November 18, 2011 file photo. University of California officials and campus police exercised poor judgment and excessive force in the pepper-spraying of students aligned with the Occupy Wall Street movement last fall, an independent review of the incident found on April 11, 2012. – Reuters Photo.
A woman participating in an Occupy Wall Street protest rally is arrested on the steps of Federal Hall on Wall Street across from the New York Stock Exchange in New York April 13, 2012. – Reuters Photo.
A woman participating in an Occupy Wall Street protest rally is arrested on the steps of Federal Hall on Wall Street across from the New York Stock Exchange in New York April 13, 2012. – Reuters Photo.

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