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It is about time to "Occupy Together"Rooted from the origin, protest spirit have reached all over the globe

   
 
   
 
It all started on 9th Jul 2011, when the Canadian activist group Adbusters released a wakeup call: Occupy Wall Street! The time has come to deploy this emerging stratagem against the greatest corrupter of our democracy: Wall Street, the financial Gomorrah of America.
Then 4 days left, there held, the world-wide protest "Occupy Wall street."
 They focused on protesting over social and economic inequality, corporate greed, corruption and influence over government?particularly from the financial services sector?and lobbyists. The protesters' official slogan, "We are the 99%", refers to the difference in wealth in the U.S. between the wealthiest 1% and the rest of the population.
The first protest was on September 17, 2011. By October 9 similar demonstrations were either ongoing or had been held in 70 major cities and over 600 communities in the U.S. Other "Occupy" protests modeled after Occupy Wall Street have occurred in over 900 cities worldwide. Greatly inspired by Wall Street’s protesters and their origin of spirit, world is now thrilled over the biggest protest of its kind, the Occupy Together protest.


Ocuupy in Japan represents anti-nuclear protest.
In response to recent event in Japan, Japan mostly dealt with its own kind of protest. Media named their protest as “anti-nuclear” protest. In a day of global demonstrations, they held the biggest one in Tokyo, about 100 protesters including children and senior citizens participated. Inspired by Wall Street’s protest, they had same anger, especially toward nuclear power plant. One of surprising factor was that there were many youth participated in this protest. According to posts from the protest’s official website, youngsters felt that they should speak up, especially because they do not have much chance to do so. Japanese have never took such intense protest like this in the past and thus it means a lot to them. Besides the obvious concern over the safety of nuclear power usage in a country where so often plagued by earthquakes, the antinuclear slogan, there also were number of signs representing their rising dissatisfaction with the uneven distribution of wealth, outrage over the clear failure of corporations and government alike to properly regulate the source of energy.

Occupy Rome; "the only pretest of the Occupy movement that ended in violence and riots”

In Italia, they had the biggest protest held in Rome. Majority of people assumed the demonstration would turn into a quiet occupation of the plaza in front of the cathedral, echoing similar strategies from Wall street. However, unlike that, the protest was wild. At the end of protest, 70 people had been injured and 12 arrested. Thus Rome’s Mayor even banned any demonstration in central Rome for a whole month. Their demands are much like those felt around the world. The economic crisis has pinched hard in a country where growth has been stagnant for more than a decade. Citizens no longer have patience for a government that has no legislative or policy consensus.  

Occupy Wall Street movement stretches to Korea.
In our own land, the protest was held in Yeouido, which is symbol of capital as there most of bank’s headquarters are located. Yeouido got more attention than of Seoul since Yeouido is the Korean capital’s principal business and financial distirict and home of the nation’s stock exchange. The Korea Finance Consumer Associaltion (KOFICA), a prominent consumer rights organization played the biggest role. As many knows, public demonstrations are quite common in Korea. Not long ago, a protest against farmers protesting the country’s free trade pact with the U.S: FTA. The protest held in Yeouido also followed path. It generally shown distasteful feeling toward FTA and prostitute objecting to police crackdowns, and students agitating for lower tuition.
However, how the Occupy Yeouido have been developed is still contraversy. There seems many concerns over how the korean protest have been developed. Some feel that the protest is misguided since they come to see the error in calling for more government regulations as the solution.

As the Occupy Together shown, we can figured that it has transformed and sometimes gone wild. However, what they are trying to do is to become democratic citizen as they are participating in the whole process of world's democratic movement. Concluding that, even though it might seem contraversy, still is a big step toward way of becoming a democratic world.

Kang Aa-young  katiexoxo@dongguk.edu

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