what started as a small scale series of demonstrations on wall street has now gained immense momentum. The main protests are mostly against social and economic disparity, corporate greed, the immense influence of lobbyists on the government, People are unhappy and they want change. The change that has been promised again and again. It should be no surprise that this demonstration has gained momentum at a time like this, where inflation is on the rise, there are no jobs, salaries are actually decreasing and the prices of commodities keep on increasing + there are very few governmental benefits especially due to the continuous cuts.
Yesterday Tallahassee, the seat of Florida, had its very own gathering. College students from the three major universities in the capital, namely Florida State, FAMU and TCC gathered to show their solidarity to the protesters at wall street and across the nation and to voice their dissatisfaction too.
The occupation is not a phase. Sure it takes inspiration from the Arab uprising and they definitely don’t have a leader, their demands are very simplistic. The media keeps either feigning ignorance over the ordeal or tries to prove that the people protesting are street bums, but the truth is that we are experiencing America’s first Internet-era movement which does not take its origination from a leader.
The amazing thing about the Occupy Tallahassee gathering that I went to was that they were all young people. Young educated people, the same age as me. Yes some of them were in for the fun of it and there were countless calls to call for the legalizing of marijuana among other things, But it needs to be realised that most of them were really passionate about what they were calling for. A protest like this, gave a sense of purpose and excitement even to me. There were people who explained to me and others how the american economy works, about the disparity, about the centralized interest-bearing currency…it was a whole cycle of educating one another.
I wish that people in Pakistan would actually try to take inspiration from such movements and try to end all the shit that we are currently embroiled into…we have an even worse case of economic and social disparity, political disturbances and the terrorism threat but the youth, the educated, the working people, our 99% are still silent. But how long will this silence prevail? are we really so tolerant that we can keep on taking every muck thrown at us right on the face, without a single protest? where is our cry for change?
At these occupation demonstrations, I am calling for an end to illegal warfare and drone attacks in countries like Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan…