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USA. New York City. Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is a people-powered movement that began on September 17, 2011 in Liberty Square in the Wall Street financial district of Manhattan. The protesters have created a small campsite at the Zuccotti Park site. OWS and has spread to over 100 cities in the United States and actions in over 1,500 cities globally. OWS is mainly protesting social and economic inequality, corporate greed, corruption and influence over government—particularly from the financial services sector—and lobbyists.  It is fighting back against the corrosive power of major banks and multinational corporations over the democratic process, and the role of Wall Street in creating an economic collapse that has caused the greatest recession in generations. The protesters' slogan, "We are the 99%", refers to the difference in wealth and income growth in the U.S. between the wealthiest 1% and the rest of the population. OWS aims to expose how the richest 1% of people are writing the rules of an unfair global economy that is foreclosing on our future. OWS has being organized using a non-binding consensus based collective decision making tool known as a "people's assembly". 25.10.2011 © 2011 Didier Ruef