BREAKING: rebirth of Occupy movement floods Wall Street to protest climate change
Thousands took to the streets to demand accountability from Wall Street corporations for contributing to climate change.
In what seems to be a rebirth of Occupy Wall Street, an estimated 3,000 protesters have flooded Wall Street to demand an end to policies that stand in the way of clean energy solutions. The demonstrations come on the heels of Peoples' Climate March on Sunday, which was said to be the largest climate rally in history.
Police have started pepper spraying protesters to subdue them. As demonstrators start moving further, police set up barricades and have five people on horseback to block people out. With some people already being tackled down by officers, the confrontation could get violent.
Protesters said they were frustrated by the lack of reform around practices that triggered the financial crisis.
People shouted "Shut Wall Street Down!" and said they will risk arrest during the sit-in. Protesters -- some in business suits, others in T-shirt and jeans -- held up banners, singing "Decolonize the water, decolonize the land!"
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"These guys should have all been arrested years ago," said Tony Buontempo, a protester from New Jersey. "The change needs to come from within Wall Street, because clearly Congress is broken and it won't do anything about it."
Flood Wall Street protesters accused top financial institutions of exploiting workers and natural resources for profit. Demonstrators also said they oppose unfair banking practices that serve the world's wealthiest one per cent.
It's all happening right before a major UN climate meeting in New York, which will be attended by the top leaders of major nations, although Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said he won't be attending to discuss climate policy solutions.
Some Canadians who marched in the streets for Peoples' Climate March were at the Flood Wall Street sit-in to show their support:
Former Greenpeace Canada director Karen Mahon on her reason for supporting the Flood Wall Street demonstration. Video by Linda Solomon Wood.
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