Occupy Protesters Mark Six Months Since Start Of Movement
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Occupy Wall Street protesters marked six months since the start of the movement with demonstrations in Lower Manhattan Saturday.
The movement began last September with a small group of protesters demonstrating against Wall Street in nearby Zuccotti Park. It soon sparked worldwide protests over economic disparity following the financial world's near-collapse in 2008.
That led to a national dialogue about economic inequalities across the country, and even spawned sister movements in cities around the world. In all, there were dozens of so-called Occupations, some of them turning violent.
Eventually the owners of Zuccotti Park asked city officials to evict the protesters and tear down their encampments due to security and health concerns, which they did. The park is privately owned, but zoned as a public park that must allow 24/7 access.
Demonstrators rallied in Zuccotti Park Saturday to mark the first protest that took place half a year ago.
Although the Occupy movement has lost steam in New York City, Occupy protesters say they're planning demonstrations later in the spring.