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Occupy Wellington week-long protest planned

Week-long Civic Square occupation planned

Last updated 15:45 11/10/2011
OCCUPY USA: Jessica O'Donnell holds a sign at the Occupy LA protest in front of Los Angeles City Hall on October 8.
OCCUPY USA: Jessica O'Donnell holds a sign at the Occupy LA protest in front of Los Angeles City Hall on October 8.

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A group spurred on by the Occupy Wall Street protests in the United States is planning a week-long protest at Civic Square, starting on Saturday.

The Occupy Wellington group is also planning to protest in front of the Reserve Bank from November 5 to 30.

The American protests which began on Wall Street, have since spread to many major cities. The protesters are speaking out mainly against economic inequality and corporate greed.

Occupy Wellington lists its demands as "a return to real democracy, a government by the people for the people and an economic system that works for 100 per cent of the people''.

Organisers say the occupation is necessary for reasons including the Pike River mine disaster, legislation falsely passed under urgency without public due diligence, child poverty and the gap between rich and poor.

Saturday is the day of global solidarity with the original occupation and many towns and cities are planning their own protests.

Groups have been set up in Auckland, New Plymouth, Christchurch and Dunedin and all are planning events starting on Saturday.

Almost 500 people have confirmed via Facebook that they will be attending Saturday's protest at Civic Square. A Facebook page for the Wellington movement had attracted almost 400 likes by this afternoon while the national page had more than 1000 likes. The local group's Twitter account has about 100 followers.

The first occupation is planned to last until October 22 at 5pm and protesters are being urged to bring tents, banners, signs, megaphones and musical instruments.

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- The Dominion Post


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