New York: Americans march against capitalistocracy

Tens of thousands of people joined Wednesday, 5 October 2011, in a mass march that wound its way through lower Manhattan before pouring into a tightly packed crowd in Foley Square, which was ringed on three sides by metal police barricades and ranks of New York City cops.

It was the largest demonstration seen since the Occupy Wall Street protests began nearly three weeks ago, and one of the biggest protests to take the streets of the city in several years.

Many students swelled the ranks of the demonstration. Several hundred walked out of classes at the New School, marching south to Washington Square where they joined over thousand students and other New Yorkers for a march down to the occupation site in Zuccotti Park.

There were student walkouts at other city schools as well as at State University of New York campuses upstate and at University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where students left their classrooms at noon, some carrying signs reading “Eat the elite” and “We can do better than capitalism.”

Anti-Wall Street demonstrations also took place Wednesday in San Francisco’s financial district as well as in Boston, Hartford and a number of other cities.

In Manhattan, the demonstrators marched up Broadway, filling the sidewalk for many blocks and picking up more and more people as it headed north to Foley Square. More than a few joined the demonstration by leaving work, still dressed in their business clothes.

“A lot of people are really hurting right now, and nothing is being done about it,” said Sean Charls, 24, who left his job at a bank in lower Manhattan to join the protest. “Instead they are being stabbed in the back by the people who are in charge.”

Many of those who marched carried hand-lettered signs with slogans expressing anger at the financial elite that runs America. “Wall Street Bankers Madoff Well” read one. Others said “Banks got bailed out, we got sold out,” “Turn Wall Street into Tahrir Square” and “No Bulls, No Bears—Just Pigs.”

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