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What and who is "Occupy Wall Street" and what’s it doing in L.A.?

by Patt Morrison

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Demonstrators affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement attempt to cross the Brooklyn Bridge on the motorway on October 1, 2011 in New York City. Mario Tama/Getty Images

For two weeks now, people congregating under the movement deemed "Occupy Wall Street" have camped out in the Financial District's Zuccotti Park in downtown Manhattan.

Over the weekend, around 700 protesters were arrested when they attempted to march across the Brooklyn Bridge. Here in Los Angeles, under the sister movement "Occupy LA," several hundred people camped out in front of city hall on Saturday, many carrying signs reading “We are the 99%.” The movement takes issue with corporate influence on the government and the shift of wealth and political clout toward the richest 1% of the population, but it’s made up of a diffuse bunch, who have been criticized for their lack of a coherent message.


Who are these people, are they just the young aggrieved, or do they speak for many more Americans of many ages? What do they want—is there a plan? Do the cops make them more sympathetic by the arrests?


Charles Mead, reporter for Bloomberg News, live on the scene.

Timothy Kelly, founder and contributing editor for ForexTV, a market news and trading resource; contributor to the International Business Times.

Shereen Meraji, business reporter for KPCC

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