The 2011 Occupy Wall Street Protests

Occupy Wall Street organizing underway in La Crosse, Wisconsin

By our reporter, 1 November 2011

Supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement are working to build up Occupy LaCrosse. They’ve been barred from camping out in Cameron Park in the downtown area, and a group has initiated a petition campaign to secure their right to establish an encampment. Meanwhile, they are holding rallies, bannering and staging soapbox sessions.

Protesters rally in Melbourne, Australia after police violence

By Will Morrow, 31 October 2011

Large numbers of police gathered again on Saturday in a provocative show of force, and protestors were barred from establishing a new protest site in central Melbourne’s Treasury Gardens.

Police attack Occupy protests in Denver, Colorado

By Joseph Kishore, 31 October 2011

Police action in Colorado’s capital city, which included several injuries and 20 arrests, was part of a wave of repression in the US over the weekend, including in Nashville, Portland, Oregon, Rochester, New York and Austin, Texas.

Church and City move to evict Occupy London camp

By Julie Hyland, 31 October 2011

Legal moves to evict the Occupy the London Stock Exchange protest camp from outside St Paul’s Cathedral, central London are to start today.

Occupy London protesters: “This is a global movement”

By our reporters, 31 October 2011

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to protesters involved in the Occupy London protest outside St Paul’s Cathedral.

Occupy Bristol, UK: Mounting threats to clear camp

By our reporter, 31 October 2011

There are growing threats to clear the Occupy Bristol from local authorities, MP’s and officials of the church, which is the freeholder of the land where the occupation is taking place.

Police raid Occupy San Diego, make 51 arrests

By our reporters, 29 October 2011

Police carried out a raid early Friday morning on Occupy San Diego, making 51 arrests and clearing out protesters who had been maintaining their encampment for three weeks.

New York City Mayor steps up harassment of Occupy Wall Street protesters

By Sandy English, 29 October 2011

New York City’s billionaire mayor Michael Bloomberg escalated harassment of the anti-Wall Street protesters who have occupied a small plaza in New York City’s financial district since September 17.

Occupy Pittsburgh: “The rich own both the Democrats and Republicans”

By Samuel Davidson, 29 October 2011

Occupy Pittsburgh protesters are in their second week of mobilization against the massive inequality and the damage being done by the elite who rule America.

Occupy Portland threatened by Oregon’s leading newspaper

By Hector Cordon, 29 October 2011

The Oregonian makes undisguised threat against anti-Wall Street protesters.

Growing anger over state repression of anti-Wall Street protests

By Bill Van Auken, 28 October 2011

The near-fatal attack by Oakland, California police on a young Iraq war veteran during an anti-Wall Street protest is part of a wave of nationwide repression that has provoked anger over the assault on democratic rights.

Occupy Oakland votes for general strike

By Jack Hood, 28 October 2011

About three thousand people gathered in Oakland, California Wednesday voted to call for a general strike on November 2 in response to the police crackdown on protesters.

Occupy Atlanta: Protesters speak after forcible eviction from park

By Kranti Kumara, 28 October 2011

Atlanta’s Mayor Kasim Reed unleashed hundreds of police in the middle of the night early Wednesday morning to evict tens of Occupy Atlanta protesters who have been peaceably occupying the downtown Troy Davis Park (formally named Woodruff Park) for over three weeks, since October 7.

Occupy Wall Street: The ISO promotes the unions against workers’ interests

By David Walsh, 28 October 2011

The International Socialist Organization (ISO) is one of the most relentless advocates of the American trade unions anywhere on the political spectrum.

Amidst police crackdown, widespread public support for Occupy movement

By Joseph Kishore, 27 October 2011

Recent polls show widespread popular support for the Occupy Wall Street movement and its basic aims, centered on opposition to inequality and corporate domination of politics. The growth of support comes as local governments, implicitly backed by the Obama administration, are moving to shut down demonstrations―in some cases, violently.

New York: DA will not drop charges against hundreds of Occupy protesters

By a reporting team, 27 October 2011

The Manhattan district attorney is refusing to drop the charges against hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters who were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge on October 1.

Thousands march to denounce police brutality against Occupy Oakland

By Fred Williams, 27 October 2011

Protests spread Wednesday night in Oakland, California and throughout the country, a day after police attacked unarmed demonstrators with tear gas, flash grenades, wounding several. Over one hundred were arrested, and there were several injuries.

Occupy Detroit: “People will possibly be killed if this keeps up”

By Shannon Jones, 27 October 2011

Members of the Occupy Detroit encampment spoke to the World Socialist Web Site on their protest

The Occupy movement and the rightward lurch of musician Billy Bragg

By Dave Hyland, 27 October 2011

Billy Bragg, the British musician and political activist, has posted an article on his web site opposing any political development of the Occupy Wall Street campaign.

Violent crackdown on Occupy protesters in Oakland, California

By Fred Williams and Joseph Kishore, 26 October 2011

Police violently attacked hundreds of demonstrators in Oakland, California on Tuesday night, in part of a coordinated attempt to disperse occupy encampments in several cities throughout the US.

Minneapolis, Minnesota: Occupation targets banks

By our reporter, 26 October 2011

The Occupy Wall Street movement in downtown Minneapolis, targeted banks in the past week to protest student debt and home foreclosures.

Sacramento, California: “Democrats are tied to the corporations that caused the crash”

By Jack Hood, 26 October 2011

Nearly 100 protesters filled downtown Sacramento’s Cesar Chavez Park this past Saturday to voice their opposition to Wall Street

Occupy Wall Street movement at a crossroads

By Joseph Kishore, 26 October 2011

Attempts to channel mass political discontent back within the political system have been combined with a growing wave of arrests, including a brutal crackdown on protesters in Oakland, California.

SEP and ISSE public meetings

Occupy Wall Street and Beyond: Equality and the Fight for Socialism

26 October 2011

The Socialist Equality Party and the International Students for Social Equality are holding a series of public meetings throughout the United States on the political significance and implications of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Stepped-up repression against anti-Wall Street protesters

By Barry Grey, 25 October 2011

The response of the US government to the spread of anti-Wall Street protests in the US and internationally has been a marked increase in police repression and intimidation.

London Occupation in second week

By Zach Reed, 25 October 2011

The occupation begun on October 15 of the area surrounding St. Paul’s Cathedral is nearly two weeks old, with up to 500 camped out.

Occupy Boston: Noam Chomsky speaks, but offers no way forward

By John Marion, 25 October 2011

MIT professor Noam Chomsky’s proscriptions alternated between reformist measures and pessimism about the ignorance of “the population.”

Mayor steps up intimidation of Occupy Atlanta protesters

By Kranti Kumara, 25 October 2011

In a palpable display of hostility towards Occupy Atlanta protesters, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has started to get more aggressive towards protesters. Over the last several days, the Democratic mayor has taken several steps to signal his intention to eventually evict the protesters who are camped out in a downtown park in Atlanta, Georgia.

Australia: Riot police evict Occupy Sydney

By our correspondents, 24 October 2011

A police operation was launched in Sydney in the early hours of Sunday morning to evict the Occupy protest that had been taking place in Martin Place, in the city centre, since October 15.

Chicago police arrest over 130 occupy protesters

By our reporting team, 24 October 2011

The mass arrests, carried out under the direction of the administration of Democratic Party Mayor Rahm Emanuel, represent a significant escalation of attempts by the state to disperse or intimidate protesters.

Occupy Wall Street: Dozens arrested as New York mayor warns of more prosecutions

By Dan Brennan, 24 October 2011

Police arrested 35 demonstrators in Harlem Friday and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned of stepped-up police action against Occupy Wall Street demonstrators.

Occupy Albany protests outside New York state capitol building

By Phillip Guelpa, 24 October 2011

The Occupy Wall Street movement, which originated in New York City, has now spread to the capital of New York State, Albany.

“The police are here for the government and the corporations”

Demonstrators denounce police brutality at Occupy Melbourne

By our reporters, 22 October 2011

Protesters occupying Melbourne’s City Square spoke with the World Socialist Web Site about violent police attacks on October 21.

Video: Sydney protesters discuss international Occupy movement

22 October 2011

The World Socialist Web Site spoke with demonstrators at the Occupy Sydney protest

Australian police attack Melbourne protest

By Margaret Rees and Patrick O’Connor, 22 October 2011

At least 95 people were arrested, many after being brutally assaulted by multiple police officers. Protesters were kicked, punched and sprayed with capsicum gas.

Bristol, UK: “We are sick to the teeth of being robbed”

By Richard Duckworth, 22 October 2011

Inspired by Occupy Wall Street and the international movement against social inequality, an Occupy Bristol camp in the UK was set up on Saturday, October 15. Several attended a meeting held by the SEP.

Occupy Washington DC protesters speak out

By our reporter, 22 October 2011

Nearly 1,000 protesters converged on the National Mall in Washington, DC, on Saturday afternoon.

Critical political issues raised by the Occupy movement

By Nick Beams, 22 October 2011

A significant feature of the movement, at least in the US, is that it has developed largely out of the control of the various pseudo-left groups, all of which spent the past three decades promoting various forms of sexual and identity politics as they wrote off the revolutionary role of the working class.

Occupy Wall Street in second month: $10 billion in bonuses for Goldman Sachs

By our reporters, 21 October 2011

As the Occupy Wall Street movement entered its second month, the Goldman Sachs investment bank announced that it had set aside $10.01 billion so far this year for year-end compensation and bonuses.

Occupy Pittsburgh: “Transportation shouldn’t be a privilege, it is a right”

By a reporter, 21 October 2011

Since last Saturday, more than 150 people from the Occupy Pittsburgh protest have set up camp in Mellon Square in downtown Pittsburgh.

Video report: Protesters speak out at Occupy Sydney, Australia

20 October 2011

More than 1,000 people, mainly youth, protested in Martin Place, Sydney in line with similar demonstrations around the world.

Atlanta: Mayor postpones eviction of anti-Wall Street protesters

By Kranti Kumara, 20 October 2011

Mayor Kasim Reed has postponed the eviction of Occupy Atlanta protesters from Troy Davis Park until November 7.

Long Beach, California: Anti-Wall Street protesters speak out

By the WSWS reporting team, 20 October 2011

Calling themselves Occupy Long Beach, protesters assembled Saturday, October 15, in Lincoln Park, in the vicinity of the city’s World Trade Center.

Boston: Democratic governor’s visit to protest prompts opposition

By Kate Randall, 19 October 2011

Invited by protest organizers, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick toured the tent city of Occupy Boston at Dewey Square on Saturday.

New York Governor Cuomo rejects Wall Street protest demand over “millionaires’ tax”

By Bill Van Auken, 19 October 2011

New York’s Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo has rejected a demand raised in the Occupy Wall Street protests for the reinstatement of an income tax surcharge on the state’s wealthiest residents.

Detroit: “This system is rigged for a very few”

By Shannon Jones, 19 October 2011

A WSWS reporting team visited the encampment of Occupy Detroit in Grand Circus Park located downtown on Woodward Avenue near the Fox Theatre, which is nearing the completion of its first week.

Los Angeles: “Being out of work for two years is being called the ‘new normal’”

By Dan Conway, 19 October 2011

Now in its second week, the Occupy LA movement continues to grow. On Saturday, between ten and 15 thousands protesters marched from the city's downtown Pershing Square park to the Occupy LA encampment outside of city hall.

Video: Kentucky students join Occupy Wall Street protest

By Andre Damon and C. W. Rogers, 19 October 2011

In this video, students attending the Wall Street protest from Berea College in Kentucky speak about growing up in poverty and the fight for social equality.

Video Report: Protesters discuss social inequality in Melbourne, Australia

18 October 2011

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to protesters at Occupy Melbourne about social inequality.

A letter on Occupy Toronto

18 October 2011

A supporter sent the WSWS this on-the-spot report from demonstrations in Toronto.

Occupy Wall Street enters second month amid global protests

By Bill Van Auken, 18 October 2011

The Occupy Wall Street protest marked its one month anniversary in Lower Manhattan Monday as demonstrations spread worldwide.

Britain: Occupy London and Edinburgh protesters speak

By our reporters, 18 October 2011

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to some of those protesting in London and Edinburgh on the international day of action

Norfolk, Virginia: “The international eruption of these protests gives me hope”

By Ed Hightower, 18 October 2011

On the ninth day of the Occupy Norfolk protests against social inequality, protesters held a march through the downtown area with 75 participants.

Nashville: “I’m fed up with the way corporations are controlling the American government”

By our reporter, 18 October 2011

Participants and supporters of the Occupy Together movement gathered in downtown Nashville on Saturday.

Columbia, South Carolina: “I think we need a social revolution”

By our reporter, 18 October 2011

About 150 people attended the first day of the Occupy Columbia protest in South Carolina’s capital city starting Saturday morning at 9 a.m.

Ithaca, N.Y.: “The people need to control the money and the wealth”

By Bryan Dyne, 18 October 2011

The weekend saw two days of protest in Ithaca, New York. On Friday, around one hundred people gathered on Ho Plaza at Cornell University for the Occupy Cornell protest.

Buffalo: “This movement does not support the current political system”

By Isabelle Belanger, 18 October 2011

On October 15, hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters gathered for a second week at Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo, New York.

Syracuse, N.Y.: “Democrats or Republicans, they’re not listening to the people”

By Steve French, 18 October 2011

Despite the inclement weather, more than 200 supporters of Occupy Syracuse marched through downtown Saturday.

Portland, Oregon: “A democracy run by the wealthy is a plutocracy”

By Hector Cordon, 18 October 2011

Several blocks of demonstrators marched through the downtown core of Portland, Oregon Saturday with Occupy Portland in opposition to Wall Street and the war in Afghanistan

Seattle: “The Democratic Party is not doing anything for the people”

By a reporter, 18 October 2011

A reporter for the WSWS spoke to protesters at Westlake Plaza on Friday, the day after Seattle police forcibly arrested a group of protesters who had erected a tent in the park in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street protest.

Las Vegas: “I have so many friends and family out of work”

By Roger Herman, 18 October 2011

Over 500 people marched up and down the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas on Saturday.

New Zealand: Occupy protests in six cities

By Tom Peters and John Braddock, 17 October 2011

The protests, organised by local “Occupy” groups, were led by banners proclaiming, “We are the 99 percent.”

San Diego: “The revolution is worldwide, not just in the US”

By our reporting team, 17 October 2011

Occupy San Diego entered its second week amidst police attacks and a new demonstration against Wall Street and the ongoing wars.

Hundreds of thousands protest internationally against social inequality

By Kate Randall, 17 October 2011

Hundreds of thousands demonstrated in cities across the globe Saturday to protest against the immense inequality that is the dominant feature of social life, both in the US and internationally.

Australia: Demonstrations held in every capital

By Will Morrow, 17 October 2011

Several thousand people turned out in cities across Australia on October 15 to join the international movement in support of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in the United States.

A day of international action against Wall Street

By Patrick Martin, 17 October 2011

The demonstrations worldwide on Saturday, called in sympathy with the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City, have given voice to deep undercurrents of popular anger against the entire economic system.

New York City: “We are looking for equality”

By Sandy English, 17 October 2011

Thousands of people demonstrated in Times Square, the heart of New York City, Saturday as part of the worldwide protests against social inequality and Wall Street.

Chicago: As anti-Wall Street protests grow more than 175 arrested at Grant Park

By our reporters, 17 October 2011

Occupy Chicago drew more than 2,000 supporters Saturday night as protesters joined in a global day of action spawned by the “Occupy” movement. This was the largest mobilization to date in Chicago after more than three weeks of protests.

Europe: Protestors speak out in the UK and Germany

By our reporters, 17 October 2011

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to youth and workers protesting in Britain and Germany.

Pittsburgh, Penn.: “They don’t treat us as humans”

By our reporter, 17 October 2011

About 150 people occupied Mellon Square in downtown Pittsburgh Saturday and spent the night setting up tents and bringing the Occupy Wall Street movement to Pittsburgh.

Canada: Occupy Wall Street movement hits twenty cities

By a WSWS reporting team, 17 October 2011

Thousands of youth, workers, professionals and retirees marched in “Occupy Canada” demonstrations held in 20 cities and towns across the country on Saturday. Targeting the financial or governmental centers in cities like Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Kingston, Halifax, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Regina, protestors set up tent villages in downtown public spaces and vowed to continue their action indefinitely. On Sunday, occupiers of St. James Park in Toronto’s financial district voted to march on the stock exchange Monday morning to express their outrage over the burgeoning social inequality in Canada. Similar actions are being planned from coast to coast over the coming days and weeks.

Strong turnout for first Occupy Detroit protest

By Shannon Jones and Matthew Brennan, 15 October 2011

The first event of the Occupy Detroit protest drew upwards of 1,000 workers, students, professionals and unemployed.

New York police fail to clear park after thousands gather to defend Occupy Wall Street

By our reporter, 15 October 2011

The administration of New York City’s billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg beat a tactical treat Friday morning, backing down from earlier threats to clear the site of the anti-Wall Street demonstration on the pretext that its corporate owner needed to clean the area.

Support builds for Occupy Chicago protest

By our reporter, 15 October 2011

The Occupy Chicago protest has been taking place on the corner of Jackson and Van Buran St., across the street from both the Federal Reserve and the Chicago Board of Trade, with a police presence outside both buildings and wooden barricades now lining the former.

The way forward in the fight against Wall Street

Socialist Equality Party, 15 October 2011

The program of the ruling class—bank bailouts, social austerity, war and the destruction of democratic rights—must be opposed with a political program based on the independent interests of the working class.

Occupy Pittsburgh: “The corporations just get bailed out, while the people suffer”

By a reporter, 15 October 2011

Several hundred members of Occupy Pittsburgh met Wednesday evening to plan a large demonstration and occupation in Pittsburgh for Saturday, October 15, as part of the Occupy Wall Street movement nationwide.

Politics and the international Occupy movement

the WSWS editorial board, 14 October 2011

However large or small, the initial global protests this weekend reflect the elementary awareness that the working class everywhere confronts common problems and a common enemy.

Eight arrested in Occupy Portland protest

By Christine Schofelt, 14 October 2011

Eight protestors from Occupy Portland were arrested in an early morning sweep to open Main Street to general traffic

Occupy Wall Street protesters resist expulsion from Liberty Plaza in New York

By Sandy English, 14 October 2011

Protesters in the month-long occupation of Liberty Plaza near Wall Street in have announced that will peacefully resist any attempt on Friday to remove them from the park.

Anti-Wall Street occupation continues in Lexington, Kentucky

By Ryan Rahilly, 14 October 2011

The Occupy Wall Street protests that have taken place in New York City, Chicago, Portland and other cities across the United States have spread to Lexington, Kentucky.

American liberalism attempts to corral Occupy Wall Street movement for Democrats

By David Walsh, 14 October 2011

Various liberal and ex-left forces who claim to support the anti-Wall Street movement are seeking to divert it into support for the Democratic Party, or into the orbit of the trade unions and “identity” politics.

Video report: Wall Street protesters express the grievances of American workers

By Andre Damon and C. W. Rogers, 13 October 2011

In this video, participants in the Wall Street occupation speak about why they are demonstrating, and a supporter of the protest explains why she agrees with the demonstration’s aims.

Occupy Wall Street protesters condemn US political establishment

By Sandy English, 13 October 2011

Hundreds of protesters continue to occupy Zuccotti Plaza, renamed Liberty Plaza, in the heart of New York City’s financial district. The occupation continues to attract thousands of workers and young people from around the US and the city itself.

Dozens of anti-Wall Street protesters arrested in Sacramento

By Jack Hood, 13 October 2011

Occupy Wall Street reached Sacramento, California on October 6, when an estimated 600 people gathered in Cesar Chavez Park. Police made 34 arrests over the course of the next several days.

Occupy New Orleans enters seventh day

13 October 2011

The New Orleans branch of the Occupy Wall Street movement, known as “Occupy NOLA,” has entered its seventh day of demonstrations. The movement began on October 6 with a march of approximately 400 people that led to an occupation site right outside of City Hall.

Occupy Wall Street marches on millionaires’ row

By our reporter, 12 October 2011

A section of the Occupy Wall Street demonstration made its way uptown Tuesday for a march up Fifth Avenue past the luxury apartment buildings of New York City’s multi-millionaires and billionaires.

Occupy Boston: “They came down with dogs, batons, riot gear, scare tactics”

By Kate Randall, 12 October 2011

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to protesters at the Occupy Boston site on Tuesday following the brutal police raid on protesters the night before.

Boston police arrest 100 anti-Wall Street protesters

By Kate Randall, 12 October 2011

Boston Police carried out an early morning raid on anti-Wall Street protesters Tuesday, arresting 100 people in a violent attack on the Occupy Boston protest.

Occupy Detroit holds first meeting

By our reporting team, 12 October 2011

Two to three hundred people gathered at a Detroit church Monday evening to make plans to launch Occupy Detroit protests in solidarity with the anti-Wall Street protests initiated in New York.

Occupy Portland protests expand

By Hector Cordon, 12 October 2011

Portland, Oregon, saw the largest demonstrations outside of New York in opposition to Wall Street with up to 10,000 people marching on October 6.

Ex-SDS leader seeks to herd Wall Street protest behind Obama

By Bill Van Auken, 12 October 2011

The New York Times column by Todd Gitlin is representative of a whole layer of ex-lefts whose main preoccupation is to channel the anti-Wall Street protests behind Obama and the Democrats.

Student march backs Occupy Boston

11 October 2011

On Monday afternoon, several thousand students from the Boston area came out to back the Occupy Boston movement. They rallied in Boston Common and then conducted a spirited march to Dewey Square, where protesters have operated a tent city for a week and a half, inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City.

A letter from Charlotte, North Carolina on the anti-Wall Street protest

11 October 2011

The World Socialist Web Site publishes here a letter from a reader on the demonstration in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Hundreds join Occupy Toledo rally

By Charles Bogle, 11 October 2011

Several hundred people gathered Monday at Levis Square in downtown Toledo, Ohio to take part in the Occupy Toledo protest.

Video Report: Youth speak on the Democratic Party and socialism

By Andre Damon and C. W. Rogers, 11 October 2011

In this video, shot last weekend at the Wall Street Occupation, young people speak about the political issues and tasks confronting the growing social movement against the banks.

Occupy Wall Street protests spread to hundreds of cities

11 October 2011

The protest movement against social inequality and unemployment has spread to every region of the United States.

New York: “At this point a social revolution is necessary”

By a reporting team, 11 October 2011

As Occupy Wall Street entered its fourth week, the WSWS spoke with protestors who described the lack of jobs, crippling debt, attacks on vital social services, and the dismal prospects for the future driving them to join the protests.

Washington anti-Wall Street rally: “This country has slipped out of the hands of the people”

By Nikolai Barrickman, 11 October 2011

Several hundred people rallied in Washington DC Saturday as part of the anti-Wall Street protests. Protesters staged a march around noon, and then held a General Assembly.

Occupy LA protests enter second week

By a WSWS reporting team, 10 October 2011

Several hundred people were present Friday as protesters lined the block with signs denouncing the “one percent” super-wealthy and calling for justice for the 99 percent.

Anti-Wall Street protesters rally in Norfolk, Virginia

By Ed Hightower, 10 October 2011

Around 100 supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement demonstrated on Saturday in downtown Norfolk, just outside of the local Bank of America headquarters.