Protesters hit Wall Street

A social-media fueled plan to #OccupyWallStreet brought hundreds of protesters to Manhattan's financial center starting Saturday, Sept. 17. The protest was still going strong on Day 8, when dozens were arrested.

Modeled on the "Arab Spring" uprisings that swept through Egypt, Tunisia, Syria and other countries this year, Occupy Wall Street is a "leaderless resistance movement" orchestrated through Twitter, Facebook and other social media tools.

Activist magazine Adbusters spearheaded the event, putting the call out in July for participants in a Sept. 17 demonstration in lower Manhattan. Several hundred protesters turned out that day to begin a loosely organized demonstration that has lasted for nearly two weeks.

By Julianne Pepitone, staff writer - Last updated September 28 2011: 3:20 PM ET
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