'Occupy Wall Street'
it all started in Spain
She won't be right mate She won't be right mate Sara Bosch

The 15 October Movement that is taking over the world started in Spain in 15 May with the 'Indignants' ('Indignados'). Back then, thousands of people occupied the main Spanish CDBs, protesting against government welfare cutbacks as a consequence of the financial crisis.

From cities such as Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia, the Spanish protest spread to the rest of Europe, finding strong support in crisis-hit countries like Greece and then worldwide.

A few months later, from the centre of global capitalism, the 'Occupy Wall Street' movement seems to have finally spread the word to Anglo-Saxon countries such as Australia, where protesters are rallying 'against corporate greed' in the cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and the Gold Coast.

Occupy Melbourne media spokesman Nick Carson said that Spain "has certainly been an inspiration to us. As our slogan says, we are the 99%. Occupy together!" Scott, dressed as gothic clown with a dollar sign painted on both cheeks of his face, came to Melbourne's City Square with his mum: "We had to do it. Even though it's not the same in Australia as out there, we had to come down here and show the world that we are one voice".

Both the march at 1pm and the assembly at 4pm were successful, with working groups organised, participacing and peacefully voting.

They are uncertain about how long are they going to be able to occupy Melbourne's City Square (the plan to stay indefinitely), but they have so far survived the first night with around 50 people sleeping in the cold. There is a 24h Info Desk and First Aid, and a Media Centre is about to be settled once they get the appropiate generator, which will allow them to stream live to the world.

The Sydney demonstration was dismantled after the first night, but they will try to continue as a permanent campsite outside the Reserve Bank in Martin Place in the CBD.

In the same way as Spanish organisers relied on Facebook and Twitter, demonstrators are using social media, spreading the word to 951 cities across over 80 countries in Europe, North America, Latin America, Australia, Asia and Africa.

More photos of the 'Occupy Melbourne' protest evolution here: www.flickr.com/photos/translating

More info: http://occupymelbourne.org & http://15october.net

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