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Occupy Wall Street protest 'about people claiming some autonomy'

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On the “Wall Street Campout” Facebook page, the protest is described as “an ongoing nonviolent demonstration opposing what participants view as negative corporate influence over US politics.”

“It was inspired by the Arab Spring movement, particularly the protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square which resulted in the 2011 Egyptian Revolution,” the description continues. “The aim of the demonstration is to begin a sustained occupation of Wall Street, the financial district of New York City. Organizers intend for the occupation to last a few months.”

But beyond that, there’s no 10-point list of demands to be nailed, Martin Luther-like, to the business and media establishment’s door.

"It’s impossible to translate the issue of the greed of Wall Street into one demand, or two demands,” Princeton University professor Cornel West told Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! this week. “We’re talking about a democratic awakening. We’re talking about raising political consciousness.”

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