Anti-corporatism protesters have poured into the streets in the US cities, with “the common theme of people on the bottom saying that they don’t want to be controlled by that one percent at the top,” said the Madison-based host of WORST Radio, Norman Stockwell, on Tuesday.
The Americans across the country have been protesting at a variety of issues since mid-September, including the unfair distribution of wealth, widespread corporate corruption, excessive influence of big corporations on the US politics, high levels of unemployment and the huge costs imposed on American taxpayers by the unpopular wars of attrition in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Stockwell added that anti-corruption protesters are also “calling for redirection of spending priority.”
He went on to say that the American citizens have held protest rallies to criticize Washington for spending taxpayers’ money on “wars in Iraq and Afghanistan” rather than on “human needs.”
The latest objective estimate for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, made public on June 29, is between USD 3.7 trillion and USD 4.4 trillion, according to the research project “Costs of War” by Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies.
According to media sources, protest rallies have now spread to over 70 major cities, including Seattle, Los Angeles, Dallas and Boston, as well as more than 600 communities across the nation.
The numbers are expected to rise to 147 cities as protest groups plan to organize more rallies nationwide.