Saturday, October 22, 2011

(Photo: Reuters)
U.S. police have arrested over 80 participants of splinter factions of Adbusters' ongoing Occupy Wall Street protest, at times violently.

With the world watching in bated breath, thousands over the world took to the streets to protest against the unjust financial system in a unique movement termed simply as Occupy Wall Street. Americans and now Europeans too are questioning their leaders about the authenticity of the financial system that ends up favouring the rich over the poor. 

The Occupy Wall Street Movement which began on the 17th September 2011 is still combating against the intensive control that banks and other financial agencies have over the political democracy too. The role of Wall Street, on of the oldest stock markets in the world is being questioned for being the trigger to a recession that just keeps getting worse with time.

A little over four years ago, USA along with the rest of the world was economically browbeaten. People lost jobs and the distinction between the wealthy and middle-class was more apparent than ever. The anger never died, but change in government definitely encouraged hopes. Barack Obama’s slogan ‘yes, we can’ did invigorate the protestor’s spirit. President Obama though sympathetic to the protest and the ideology of free speech may not gain back his supporters in light of the current scenario where people are still losing jobs, money and more importantly stability in their homes and their lives.

As the world saw the rage struck by the rebellious spirits of Tunisian and Egyptian population, so too it now watched the Americans beginning to demand change and soon. It’s not the first time in history that the populace are fighting for their righteous ‘order of change’. This protest is increasing nationwide and is now across seventy cities, hoping to make the government realize it is not so powerful after all.

Has the American media had decided to stay ignorant to this issue for so long? Forgoing the voice of its independent minority was a shameful act with the media initially hoping this issue would settle down.

Now the protesters hope to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor and have a government that favours justice above all else. The massive gap between the rich and the middle class should come to the margin of condensation.  The movement however, like most of its nature is losing momentum and even focus. If the protesters want real results then they are going to have to start working for it.

However, I understand the protestors’ frustration; but it might just not be enough to revolutionize the whole of United States. The movement does need a bigger throng of agendas and tangible government support. It cannot battle alone, especially with little coverage from the media. It has to rise beyond its grassroots image to approach that appeals to the masses with greater media participation to give the movement the push in the right direction. The brawl against capitalism has to be regulated, and those belonging to that sector might be paying for the evil of income inequality very soon.

An editorial by Heena Makhijani