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NEWS: Sarandon supports ongoing occupation of Wall Street

Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports, “Wall Street protesters, joined today by Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon, vowed to continue weeks of demonstrations after police squirted pepper spray at some participants and arrests mounted. …’I’m here to understand what’s going on and to lend my support,’ Sarandon said in an interview. ‘There’s a lot of different kinds of people here who want to shift the paradigm to something that’s addressing the huge gap between the rich and the poor.'”

“The group plans to march through the financial district each business day to mark the New York Stock Exchange’s opening and closing bells. The protest, dubbed ‘#OccupyWallStreet‘, aims to get President Barack Obama to establish a commission to end ‘the influence money has over our representatives in Washington’, according to the website of Adbusters, a group promoting the demonstration.”

“About 80 of the 100 people arrested since the demonstrations began were taken into custody on Sept. 24, when a police officer used pepper spray ‘in a continuum of force that obviated the use of batons’, Paul Browne, a spokesman for the New York City Police Department, said in an e-mail. ‘Protesters who engage in civil disobedience can expect to be arrested,’ Browne said. ‘Those who resist arrest can expect some measure of force will be used in making them.'”

On September 23, the Council of Canadians expressed its solidarity with the occupation of Wall Street in opposition to austerity and corporate power.

For more, please go to http://canadians.org/blog/?p=10686.