Occupy Wall Street plans to mark 1st anniversary
NEW YORK (AFP) - Occupy Wall Street will mark its first anniversary on Monday by attempting to blockade the New York Stock Exchange and re-launch the movement against what it sees as inequality, organisers said.
The social protest movement has seen a steep drop in support since it was founded a year ago, when hundreds of people camped in Zuccotti Park near Wall Street to protest bank bailouts and what they called the ruling "one per cent."
But activists promise to make a comeback on the Sept 17 anniversary, about six weeks before Americans decide whether to reelect President Barack Obama or bring in his Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
About 250 of them already marched on Broadway on Saturday in an opening salvo of anniversary celebrations. Police said several people were arrested, but declined to give an exact number. The New York Times put the number of those detained at at least 15.