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Could Busted Up Protests End Occupy Movement?
With the national unemployment rate in many states standing near 10%, national deficit climbing into uncharted numbers in the tens of trillions of dollars and bank bailouts doing nothing to slow foreclosures in the housing market, the American people are rightfully pissed off. Americans have been angry for years about the sluggish economy and political response to it. With so many Americans out of work, losing their homes and falling deeper in debt, all of the key ingredients were established to spark a social movement. One of the social movements that gained momentum and media attention was the Occupy Wall Street movement. However, after months of demonstrations and protests, almost all of the Occupy Wall Streeters have been displaced by local law enforcement, leaving many people wondering if the Occupy Wall Street movement is officially over?
How Big Was The Occupy Wall Street Movement?
After beginning their demonstrations and civil protest in New York City in proximity to the stock exchange, Occupy Wall Street went national. Protests voicing their opposition against the wealthiest 1%, bailed out banks and government ineffectiveness sparked up in large and small cities throughout the country. These protests occurred in Phoenix, Boston, Washington D.C., Ashland, Los Angeles and more. Although most of the protests in small towns had a tendency to fizzle out rather quickly, demonstrations in metropolitan cities such as Boston and Los Angeles held strong for weeks and often months. That is of course until those protests were busted up by law enforcement agents in riot gear who were ordered by local politicians to "move" the people showcasing their first amendment right to free speech.
The Occupy protests took the nation by storm, making people remember that the power to make change is held by the masses, not the wealthy elite. However, with almost all of the protests now broken up, are the demonstrations and voices of the movement now over?
What made the Occupy Movement different than most other movements seeking social change was that the Occupy protesters did not push any particular legislation, political candidate or specific outline of what they desired. This lack of a particular agenda left the movement vulnerable to many critics who stated that protesters would have little to no lasting impact without a clear objective.
The GPS fleet tracker experts and editors at GPS Tracker Shop would like to get the opinion of readers about the Occupy movement, and ask if they believe that the Occupy movement had a meaningful impact?
Will the protests have a significant impact in the upcoming political elections throughout the nation from the local level to the presidency?
Do you agree or disagree with the Occupy protest movement?