The ruling by New York judge, Michael Stallman rejected the earlier stay to the decision which ban Occupy Wall Street. Protesters from returning to Zuccotti Park with tents and other camping gear. Stallman ruled that the owners of the park and the authorities were not denying protesters their constitutional right to freedom of speech by banning them from camping there.
Three months ago, a loosely organized group of activists concerned about growing income inequality, corporate greed and the global influence of powerful financial institutions decided to make Lower Manhattan its home, setting in motion a movement known as Occupy Wall Street.
Since then, tens of thousands of people who share Occupy Wall Street’s concerns have taken to the streets throughout the United States and around the globe, shifting the national discourse away from the federal deficit and toward financial woes of a more personal nature, like student debt.
Occupy Wall Street is now an ongoing series of demonstrations which began in September 17th in New York City’s Zuccotti Park in the Wall Street financial district. The Canadian activist group Adbusters initiated the protestswhich has since become a worldwide movement. The protests have focused on social and economic inequality, high unemployment, along with the greed, fraud, corruption and undue influence of corporations, particularly that of the financial services sector over government.
Report by Anupama