Worldwide demonstration: Occupy Wall Street-inspired protests spread across Asia

By AFP
Published: October 16, 2011
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A demonstrator celebrates as a police vehicle burns during a demonstration of the ‘Indignant’ group in Rome. The protesters have now spread worldwide. PHOTO: REUTERS

A demonstrator celebrates as a police vehicle burns during a demonstration of the ‘Indignant’ group in Rome. The protesters have now spread worldwide. PHOTO: REUTERS

HONG KONG: 

Protesters across the Asia-Pacific region on Saturday joined worldwide demonstrations inspired by the “Occupy Wall Street” and “Indignants” movements.

Rallies were planned for Saturday in more than 950 cities across 82 countries in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia and Africa in a show of power by a movement born on May 15 when a rally in Madrid’s central square of Puerta del Sol sparked a protest that spread nationwide, then to other countries.

Around 500 people gathered in the heart of Hong Kong’s financial district to express their anger at the inequities and excesses of free-market capitalism, while demonstrators in Tokyo also voiced fury at the Fukushima nuclear accident.

Wong Weng-chi, a demonstrator from a group calling themselves “Left 21”, said the “Occupy Central” rally in Hong Kong was more than just an act of solidarity with the Wall Street protest, which began in September.

“Hong Kong is a key financial hub in Asia. It is a base that serves many capitalists and the upper class to monopolise the wealth,” he told AFP.

Around 600 demonstrators in Sydney set up camp outside Australia’s central bank. Corporate greed, the political influence of big firms, climate change and the plight of refugees and Aboriginal Australians were repeatedly raised as issues.

In Tokyo, around 100 protesters marched through the streets, shouting “Occupy Tokyo!”.

Tomoko Horaguchi, a 22-year-old student at Hosei University, said she was moved by the protesters on Wall Street.

“I feel the same anger,” Horaguchi said. “In particular I am angry at nuclear power plants. Only one per cent of people want to run them still.”

The Fukushima nuclear accident, the world’s worst since Chernobyl, was sparked after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami crippled the plant’s cooling systems and led to reactor meltdowns and radiation leaks.

In Seoul, some 200 protestors rallied outside an old palace near the City Hall, carrying banners including one reading “Capitalism for one percent has failed.”

“We’re fed up with a government of one per cent, by one percent and for one percent,” a female activist shouted through a loudspeaker.

Earlier, some 70 activists braved driving rain to rally outside the headquarters of the country’s financial watchdog, the Financial Supervisory Service, waving banners and chanting slogans.

“Occupy Yeoido,” they chanted in reference to the main financial district of Seoul. “We’re the 99 percent.”

Published in The Express Tribune, October 16th, 2011.

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  • Oct 16, 2011 - 12:33PM

    [ SOS ] Complaint about Human Rights Violations by IBM China on Centennial

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  • Oct 16, 2011 - 1:11PM

    Another movement waiting to be hijacked by Imperialists. Remember Egypt? Expect same fate.

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  • Hassan Farooq
    Oct 16, 2011 - 1:50PM

    Whatever you do Guys…Pakistan would never wake up…….We are fine with everything…

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  • John B
    Oct 16, 2011 - 1:53PM

    For the movement to succeed non violence is the key.

    In any case, nothing will move the sedentary middle class masses of PAK.

    The poor care less because they have nothing more to loose, and the rich are only interested in preserving the present and the middle class that run the PAK machinery is dependent on the status quo and wish to stay aloof.

    What will move PAK- Flood, Taseer, Bhati, gas shortage, Aasia Bibi, Hijab mafia, Drone, Abbotabad,, food shortage, rolling power cut, debt, inflation, target killing, rape, suicide bombing, sectarian violence, massacre in Quetta, foreign citizenship ?

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  • tasawar malik
    Oct 17, 2011 - 3:23AM

    John B take a chill pill and relax
    Y dont u worry about your own country ?
    Is somebody paying you to post here ?

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  • HH
    Oct 17, 2011 - 9:27AM

    @John B:
    Respect your opinion. harsh but true!

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  • Hassan Farooq
    Oct 17, 2011 - 11:20AM

    @Tasawar Malik….Tell us even a single thing that Jhon B has mentioned wrongly…whatever he/she has mentioned is nothing but a sharp edge truth…so instead of accusing somebody with the same old dialogues “Take care of your own country (simce the name is Joh, he is Amreeki Agent) and who is paying you to post here” we must confess that we are a bunch of dead scattered woods…. Nothing but nothing can wake us up…….Soon we’ll vanish…bcz it is dead nations’ fate….just wait for it..its not far……and yess I am a Pakistani…not an Amreeki or Israeli Agent…..Recommend

  • Ali Tanoli,
    Oct 17, 2011 - 9:54PM

    @ John B,
    Demonstration in the heart of west why u bringing in pakistan for? we know our problems
    and we also know indian problems too please can u tell something about this event why it
    happening why these guys trying to occupy wall street for????

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  • Ali Tanoli,
    Oct 17, 2011 - 11:15PM

    @ John B
    Mr Jinnah got pakistan with out violence he went to jail he was man of priciples.
    and who starts it all the bloodshed in punjab one and only congress. and whats going
    on in pakistan that u know too very well i guess.

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  • Ali Tanoli,
    Oct 17, 2011 - 11:17PM

    @ John,
    Little correction Mr Jinnah never went to jail..

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