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Occupy Wall Street (OWS)

The Occupy Wall Street movement spread three years after Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy (September 15, 2008) as financial crises continues to deepen and the economic inequity widen. Although it was inspired by the methods and successes of the Arab Spring, the original expectations were more muted. When Vancouver-based Adbusters presented the idea to the world, it did so in the form of a poster that featured a dancer posed on the shoulders of the Wall Street bull statue, a foggy clamour of demonstrators behind her. The poster asked the question, "What is our one demand?" Activist groups seized on it, as did the hacktivist group Anonymous, and a collective began to form. The arrests of 700 demonstrators on the Brooklyn Bridge on Oct. 1 pushed the event to the fore of traditional media coverage.