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Saturday, 15 October 2011

Occupy Protests Live Blog

Al Jazeera staff and correspondents update you on important developments from Wall Street and around the world as the 'Occupy' financial crisis protests go viral.

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AJE Live Stream - Special Coverage: #OccupyWallStreet 
A protester holds a candle and a sign during the "Occupy Seoul" rally near the Seoul Plaza in central Seoul October 15, 2011.
About 1,000 people rallied in the evening on Saturday in support of the worldwide cry of rage against bankers, financiers and politicians they accuse of ruining global economies and condemning millions to poverty and hardship through greed.
Protesters also protested against South Korea-US free trade agreement (FTA) which, they insisted, will make common people sink into privation and conglomerates be well-off. Korean characters read,"Stop South Korea-US FTA!" [Reuters]
Our journalists in Hong Kong say that more than 200 people occupied Exchange Square in Central Hong Kong, where demonstrators pitched tents to facilitate their overnight stay there.
Later on Saturday, protesters migrated to the HSBC building and staged demonstrations and forums there, they said.

Europe braces itself for a day of coordinated "occupy" protests expressing solidarity with the "Occupy Wall Street" movement in New York.

Al Jazeera's Simon Mcgregor-Wood reports from London where protesters are expected to produce the day's biggest turn out and stage a sit in at the stock exchange.

Watch Al Jazeera's round-up of occupy protests in Asia:

About 100 members of Bayan, an alliance of various left-wing groups in the Philippines, marched to the US Embassy in Manila, the Philippine capital, waving banners that read: "Down with US imperialism" and "Philippines not for sale", broadcaster APTN reported.
According to the report:
Demonstrators expressed their support for the Occupy Wall Street protests and denounced what they called "US imperialism" and US-led wars and aggression.
They also chanted "US troops, out now!" in reference to the presence of hundreds of US soldiers, mostly in the country's south, involved in training Filipino troops.
One man carried a placard reading "Genuine people's democracy lives in the streets".
Over 100 people gathered at the Taipei 101 skyscraper, home to the stock exchange, chanting "we are Taiwan's 99 percent", saying economic growth had only benefited companies while middle-class salaries barely covered soaring housing, education and healthcare costs, Reuters reported.
Top businessman Morris Chang, chairman of the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp (TSMC), expressed support for Occupation Taipei, saying that Taiwan's income gap is a serious issue.
Speaking to reporters in the northern city of Hsinchu, Chang said:
I've been against the gap between rich and poor. The wealth of the top 1 percent has increased very fast in the past 20, 30 years. "Occupy Wall Street" is a reaction to that. We have to take the issue seriously.
Nick Carson, a spokesman for Occupy Melbourne, said about 1,000 protesters gathered in the Australian city:
They don't want corporate influence over their politicians. They want their politicians to be accountable.
In this YouTube video, protesters explain why they choose to "occupy" Melbourne's City Square:

About 200 gathered in the capital Wellington and 50 in a park in New Zealand's earthquake-hit southern city of Christchurch, Reuters reported.
@MissusRevington tweeted the following photo of stylish protesters at Occupy Christchurch:

Several hundred people marched up the main street in Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city, joining a rally in the city square where about 3,000 chanted and banged drums, denouncing corporate greed, Reuters news agency reported.
Tweets speak of speeches being delivered at Augland's Aotea Square, where a dozen tents are being erected.
There are differing reports about police presence there, though the consensus is that security is minimal.

Scenes from the Occupy Hong Kong protest in Central Hong Kong's Exchange Square, where major banks are located . (Photos by Cho Yu, Eric Lai and SF Choi, via Occupy Central 佔領中環)
United for #GlobalChange says there will be "non violent protests" against "the ruling powers [working] for the benefit of just a few" in 951 cities of 82 countries.
Click here to view the UGC's interactive map of occupy protest locations and events.

Protesters of Occupy Taipei are staging a sit in at Taipei 101, a landmark skyscraper of the Taiwanese capital. (Photo via Occupy Taipei's Facebook page)
This photo by @dooolism shows a sign at the Occupy Sydney protest in the city's Liberty Square:
#OccupyYeouido protesters in the rainy South Korean capital Seoul stage a performance in front of the Financial Services Commission.
In this picture by @zoozoo_zoo, many activists are sporting Guy Fawkes masks and carrying signs that read "People are worth more than money".
South Korean journalist and activist @dongjin9184 tweets the poster calling for a protest at Yeouido, Seoul's financial district.
The poster reads:
The 99% that resists against the 1% that financially exploits.
Let's occupy Yeouido.
October 15, 2011, 2PM
At the Financial Services Commission in Yeouido

New York Times reporter Hiroko Tabuchi is tweeting that there is heavy police and security presence at the Occupy Tokyo protests despite a "tiny turnout".

In this image from the Occupy Melbourne website, Australian protesters are seen picketing signs and gathering for a rally.
Protesters of the Occupy Wall Street movement saw a feat when the New York City government postponed their plans to carry out a clean up operation - an attempt to evict the demonstrators from Zucotti Park near New York's financial district.
Watch the report below by Al Jazeera's Cath Turner from Manhattan:

Protesters worldwide are set to join the Occupy Wall Street movement for a cry of rage against bankers, financiers and politicians they accuse of ruining global economies and condemning millions to poverty and hardship through greed.
Dozens of cities across the world - from Tokyo to Alaska via London, Frankfurt and Washington - will be seeing demonstrations on Saturday, in solidarity with the rallies that began last month in downtown New York.
Read our story on the global #Oct15 "United for #GlobalChange" movement for more.

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