Occupy Wall Street is a protest movement that began on September 17, 2011 in New York City’s financial district. Main issues brought up in this protest were social and economic inequality, greed, and corruption from the government. A big theme of the protest was “We are 99%”. This referred to the wealth distribution in the United States between the wealthiest 1% and everyone else. I wasn’t too informed on Occupy Wall Street before watching this video, however I knew the main points of what people were protesting for and why. I also knew that the way police and authorities were handling these protests raised much speculation, but I didn’t know to what extent. I was shocked to see the way police officers were just pepper spraying people in a line and treating people . It disgusted me to see that this is the way authorities react to a movement trying to raise awareness. From what I could tell the protests did not seem like they were dangerous riots, but instead a large mass of people getting together and saying they had enough. I think what made this protest so scary to authorities was the massive size. They felt like they were losing control and resorted to the mistreatment of these people to try and scare people and regain control.
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