Large parts of Wall Street remained barricaded to foot and road traffic Monday morning as hundreds of angry protesters continued a sit-in protest against U.S. financial institutions.
"It's pretty amazing, actually," said Micah White, the senior editor for Adbusters. He said that the "Occupy Wall Street" movement, prompted by Vancouver-based Adbusters magazine, was spread through twitter and social media among U.S.-based activists; a video by hacktivist group Anonymous helped to spread the word, as protesters set up camp on Wall Street on Saturday.
White credited the democratic protests in the Middle East as inspiration for the recent campaign.
"We're trying to follow the model set up by the Egyptian activists to have an encampment and hold a peoples' assembly," he said. "This is how it's done – you pick a symbolic place, set up camp, and hold a people's assembly and decide what your demands are."