“The policemen in this country only exist to control the property relations and not to protect our rights, just as they are keeping the people in power who are already in power,” said Debra Sweet, director of ‘World can’t wait,’ from New York.
While demonstrators are protesting at unjust distribution of wealth in the country, the US police force is still guarding the property and power of the top “one percent”, and brutally suppressing the rights of the “99 percent,” Sweet added.
Sweet further said that if the protests were “bloodily put down by more police violence, they certainly risk giving this occupation more legitimacy in the eyes of the world.”
The Occupy Wall Street movement emerged after a group of demonstrators gathered in New York’s financial district on September 17 to protest against economic and social inequality, and the excessive influence of major corporations on US policies.
Despite the police crackdown and mass arrests, the Occupy movement, which grew out of the Occupy Wall Street movement, has now spread to major US cities as well as to Australia, Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Portugal, and other countries.