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Occupy Wall Street plans to surround NYSE to mark anniversary

Published on Sep 15, 2012 8:00 PM
Members of the Occupy Wall Street movement in a protest march through the financial district of New York on Oct 12, 2011. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

(Reuters) - Occupy Wall Street (OWS) marks its first anniversary on Monday, and, in a bid to rejuvenate a movement that has failed to sustain momentum after sparking a national conversation about economic inequality last fall, activists plan once again to descend on New York's financial district.

The group, which popularized the phrase "We are the 99 per cent," will attempt to surround the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and disrupt morning rush hour in the financial district, according to a movement spokeswoman.

Monday's protests will cap a weekend of Occupy Wall Street seminars, music and demonstrations in New York, said Ms Linnea Paton, 24, an OWS spokeswoman. Demonstrations are also planned in other United States (US) cities, other OWS organizers said.

The grassroots movement caught the world by surprise last fall with a spontaneous encampment in lower Manhattan that soon spread to cities across North America and Europe.

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