Tuesday, 18 September 2012 03:44
NEW YORK: Protesters from Occupy Wall Street returned to the streets of New York on Monday to mark their one-year anniversary, but in such small numbers that the movement appeared to be losing steam.
Dozens were arrested, including a bishop, but the action paled in comparison to the crowd of 30,000 that packed Manhattan's streets on November 17, 2011, to rally against economic inequality and wealth disparities.
In New York's financial district, roughly 600 demonstrators carrying signs that read "Get money out of politics" and "We are the 99 percent" took to the streets around Zuccotti Park, the birthplace of the movement one year ago.
Witnesses counted some 100 arrests, and AFP reporters on the ground saw several protesters being detained, but the New York Police Department declined to put a figure on the number in custody.
"We are sending the message that Wall Street bankers cannot go to work every morning without thinking ...