Occupy Wall Street 2013: On Second Anniversary, Protestors Return to NYC and Zuccotti Park
About 100 people from Occupy Wall Street returned to lower Manhattan this week to mark the second anniversary of the nationwide protests against corporate greed.
The groups combined for an "assembly of the 99 percent" at Zuccotti Park yesterday afternoon.
The movement lost most of its steam in 2011 after New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg sent the police in to raid the parks where people were protesting.
"The CEOs are still making outrageous sums of money," Barbara Lynch, a protestor, told the Associated Press. "And now it's time that they have to pay."
Lynch, who is an activist for the rights of fast-food workers, said that the protests are now more controlled in smaller groups as opposed to the massive, nation-wide protests in various cities.
The protestors yesterday were scattered throughout different parts of the city and the rallies continued as the day went on. According to the Associated Press, three of the protestors were arrested after they blocked 2nd Avenue near the United Nations.
Protestor Linnea Paton said that the banks still control too much of the economic realm.
"We're still out here fighting for economic justice. The bankers still have all the power," she said. "They've bought our government and we need a people's movement to do that, and the movement is still here."
The protestors in the Occupy Movement have since regrouped after the movement started to fizzle a few years back. A website called "Occupy Evolve" has refocused the movement in specific areas such as Alternative Banking Working Group of Occupy Wall Street and Families of Police Violence.
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