On Saturday afternoon, thousands of people gathered in Manhattan’s financial district, holding up signs and shouting slogans like, “Banks got bailed out, we got sold out.” They were protesting what could perhaps be summed up as the corporate takeover of everything. There are still thousands of people , many were there for the long haul, having come prepared with sleeping bags and mats and plenty of loose tobacco.
The call for 20,000 people to “flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months” was originally put out in July by the magazine Adbusters. Over the past few weeks, protesters had met in Tompkins Square Park to make plans. There was a website setup: occupywallst.org ..