The demonstrations targeted 951 cities in 82 countries in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia and Africa on Saturday, organizers told AFP
Inspired by the “Occupy Wall Street” movement in the US, people took to the streets in Australia, Taiwan, and Japan in the opening hours of the global outcry.
Protesters in Japan as part of a campaign named “Occupy Tokyo” protested against social disparity, unemployment and nuclear threat.
Similar protests were also held in Manila, the Philippines, where protesters marched in front the US Embassy against its intrusive foreign policies.
Besides protests in Asian cities, thousands marched in Rome to protest against Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s handling of a sovereign debt crisis.
The largest turnout is expected in London, where organizers called on protesters to gather at St. Paul’s Cathedral near the London Stock Exchange.
Several hundred people have occupied a camp in a small park in New York City since September 17 to express their anger against corporatism, poverty and social inequity in the US.
Protesters have adopted the motto “We are the 99 percent.” They use the slogan to call attention to the fact that they are treated different than the one percent of Americans that are in possession of most of the nation’s wealth.
Another major protest is planned for October 29, ahead of the G20 summit in Paris.