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Hundreds gathered in McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza to "Occupy D.C.," a movement started in NYC named "Occupy Wall Street" and has been held in other cities throughout the United States. Included are New York City, Washington, DC, San Francisco, Providence, Rhode Island, and Houston, Texas. The protests have, in fact, spread to seventy cities in the US and as far away as Hong Kong, China. The participants of the event are mainly protesting against social and economic inequality, corporate greed, and the influence of corporate money and lobbyists on government, among other concerns.

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McPherson Square park in Washington, D.C.

Protestors gathered at McPherson Square in downtown Washington, DC to voice their concerns about myriad issues of concern in the United States including social inequity.

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Female holding a large Occupy DC protest sign

Female protestor holding a large sign that reads: "OH NO YOU DON'T: cause widespread economic injustice, hijack patriotism or our Constitution, marry the fascist religious 'right' w/Wall Street, K Street & Congress, Claim you are a 'Tea Party' when you ...

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Protestors occupy McPherson Square in DC

As part of the Occupy DC demonstrations, protestors gather at at McPherson Square. The park-like area is named after James B. McPherson, a major general who fought in the Union Army during the American Civil War before he was killed at the Battle of...

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Occupy DC protestor giving a speech in McPherson Square

One protestor was quoted as saying "The government is supposed to have a power to do something about the country’s problems, but the government is currently being run and financed by K St. and Wall St., so their hands are kind of tied ..." Others' had a...

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Collection of signs from Occupy DC

One sign reads "Koch Brothers: Two men, Two votes, NO MORE."
Another reads "WE the People NOT they, the Corporations." The last reads "Get the frustration." The Koch Brother's seem to draw a particular high level of ire from the American people...

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Protest signs in DC

As part of the Occupy DC activities, protestors are quite creative with their signs: this one reads "Occupy K Street" with a peace sign in the O of Occupy. Part the the discontent of these protests stems from the belief that the lobbyists on K Street...

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Home made protest signs for Occupy DC demonstration

This sign reads: "Make love, not money" suggesting this person is fed up with greed in the corporate sector, most notably the big banks on Wall Street where management is paid billions of dollars in spite of taking hundreds of millions of dollars in...

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"No Tax Cuts For The Rich" sign seen at Occupy DC protest

According to Adbusters, a primary organizer of the protests, the central demand of the protest is that Obama "ordain a Presidential Commission tasked with ending the influence money has over our representatives in Washington."

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Protestors gathered in McPherson Square, Washington, DC

Liberal commentator Michael Moore had summed up the movement: "this ... is not like other protests; this protest represents a wide range of demands with a common theme about government corruption, and the excessive influence of big business and the...

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Woman giving a speech to protestors during Occupy DC demonstration

Some peripheral demands, such as raising taxes on the rich, raising taxes on corporations, ending corporate welfare, support for trade unionism, and protecting Medicare and Social Security in their current forms are expressed by some participants as...

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Demonstrators gather at Freedom Plaza

The second part of the Occupy DC protest was (is) being held at Freedom Plaza in downtown DC. Freedom Plaza, originally known as Western Plaza, is an open plaza in Northwest Washington, D.C., located at the corner of 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue ...

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A small tent city pops up in Freedom Plaza in Northwest DC

In an act of civil defiance, Freedom Plaza protesters in the "Occupy DC" demonstrations have indicated they’ll stay past their National Park Service permit deadline.

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Modified American Flag at Occupy DC demontration at Freedom Plaza.

The Canadian firm Adbusters, who originally called for the protests, states: "Beginning from one simple demand – a presidential commission to separate money from politics – we start setting the agenda for a new America."

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Mock US Constitution in Freedom Plaza

A mock US Constitution laying in Freedom Plaza begins with "We The Corporations" and has several Fortune 500 companies at the bottom of the sign. Protestors are enraged by the fact large companies have an enormous influence on both Houses of Congress...

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Sign of dissatisfation in Freedom Plaza.

After the big banks on Wall Street's attempt to destroy the American economy and cause a worldwide recession/depression through quasi-legal means and a whole bunch of lying to Congress, people have had enough and are protesting around the world...

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