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NY protesters call for end to US wars

Nearly 1,000 “Occupy Wall Street” protesters have marched toward New York’s Foley Square, calling for an end to US wars.

According to eyewitnesses, at least 20 protesters were arrested on Saturday after New York police blocked pedestrian traffic in downtown Manhattan.

The march coincided with Bank Transfer Day, a deadline activists had set for transferring funds from for-profit banking institutions into not-for-profit credit unions, AFP reported.

Demonstrators were beating on drums and carrying anti-war placards. They began their march from Zuccotti Park, where the Occupy Wall Street movement began.

Protesters also accused President Barack Obama of having a secret deal with bankers, whom he provides with immunity.

The “Occupy” movement emerged after a group of demonstrators gathered in New York’s financial district on September 17 to protest against the unjust distribution of wealth in the country and the excessive influence of big corporations on the US policies.

Despite mass arrests and widespread police crackdown, the movement has now spread to major US cities, as well as to other countries, including Australia, Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland, and Portugal.

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