So-called social media movements in the Middle East and North Africa have been applauded by western governments. Leaders of the so-called 'free world', including Barack Obama asked leaders of these nations to respect the will of the people, to respect their right to freedom of speech and the right to protest, and in many cases for national leaders to step down. These social media movements are now happening across America with the Occupy Wall Street and Occupy America movements. The Brooklyn Bridge was blockaded by thousands of civil protestors coalesced by social media. They have had enough of the arbitrary indiscretions of the US government, Wall Street, the Bankers and the Multinationals. What was the response of American authorities?
The fledgling ‘Occupy Wall St’ movement looks set to spawn a local chapter as grassroots protesters prepare to occupy key capital city landmarks to strike back against “corporate greed”. Occupations will kick off in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide on October 15, with organisers hoping to ape the success of the protests that have commandeered Liberty Plaza in Downtown Manhattan and are rapidly metastasising across the US. A Facebook event page for the Melbourne arm, created by former Greens candidate Nick Carson, boasted 649 attendees as Crikey ’s deadline approached this morning. An organising meeting was attended by about 30 people on Sunday, with minutes revealing that the nascent grouping “was not so much ‘anti-capitalism’ but [about] the fact that capitalism has gone wrong.” One idea floated was that instead of being “‘anti-’ anything”, the group would be “pro-freedom/pro-humanity’” to keep “negativity away from the movement.”