(NEW YORK) — What if they celebrated an anniversary of a grassroots political movement and not many people showed up?
That’s what happened in lower Manhattan when the second anniversary of Occupy Wall Street was commemorated and only about 150 turned out for rallies and speeches.
It was on Sept. 17, 2011 that people protesting corporate greed and income inequality began massing in Zuccotti Park near the New York Stock Exchange. Within weeks, the movement spread throughout the U.S., which spurred the phrase “We are the 99 percenters.”
However, many of Occupy Wall Street’s urban encampments were dismantled by police and planned protests at the 2012 political conventions in Tampa, Fla., and Charlotte, N.C., fizzled. The first year anniversaries planned for New York City and at least 30 other U.S. cities were also underwhelming but still more impressive than Tuesday’s subdued celebration.
However, protesters say they’re still dedicated to the cause even if the movement is rudderless now. Occupy Wall Street’s current goal is supporting high pay for fast food workers.
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