The New York Times on Fridayfeatured a videodepicting the motivation of the Wall Street protesters without disclosing the radical background of some of those featured in the newspaper’s piece.
The video was entitled, “The young and old on what they hope to accomplish by joining the Occupy Wall Street demonstration in Zuccotti Park.”
One activist interviewed was Bev Rice, who has been sending online updates of the protests to the War Resisters League, where she has been an activist.
The League was one of the first radical groups to blame America for the 9-11 attacks.
On the very day of the 9-11 attacks, the League released a statement alleging, “The policies of militarism pursued by the United States have resulted in millions of deaths. … [M]ay these profound tragedies [of 9/11] remind us of the impact U.S. policies have had on other civilians in other lands.”
The Occupy Wall Street movement launched two weeks ago and has been escalating ever since.
Earlier, police closed the Brooklyn Bridge and arrested more than 700 anti-Wall Street protesters for blocking traffic lanes and attempting an unauthorized march across the span.
The protests reportedly spread across the U.S., including to Boston, Seattle and Los Angeles. The organizers’ exact motivation has until now been sketchy.
The Twitter feed of a group calling itself Take the Square, one of the social media planners behind the Wall Street protests, has been blasting a multitude of messages, including:
- “Fight market dictatorship.”
- “People of the world rise up!”
- “We are legion.”
- “Take to the streets.”
Organizers have also been calling for rewriting the U.S. Constitution, imposing a “Robin Hood Tax” on most financial transactions worldwide with the goal of taking from the “rich” to give to the “poor” and giving the Federal Reserve permission to regulate interest rates on savings accounts.
The scheme seeks to bring to American streets the “same indignation that has prompted the people of Greece and Spain to occupy streets and squares on a permanent basis, the people of Egypt and Tunisia to overthrow their governments, the people of Iceland to nationalize their bank system and rewrite the constitution.”
So reads a call to arms by a group calling itself the General Assembly of New York City.
The group has been asking supporters to participate in a “Day of Rage” that started last month and seeks to escalate into protests across the nation.