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Occupy La Defense

Occupy La Défense, Paris, France.


The Occupy movement is an international protest movement which is primarily directed against social and economic inequality. The movement started in Kuala Lumpur on July 30, 2011, with Occupy Dataran, followed by New York City and San Francisco on September 17, 2011, with Occupy Wall Street and Occupy San Francisco. By October 9 Occupy protests had taken place or were ongoing in over 95 cities across 82 countries and over 600 communities in the United States. As of November 4 the Meetup page "Occupy Together" listed "Occupy" communities in 2,464 towns and cities worldwide.


Initiated by the Canadian activist group Adbusters,the movement is partly inspired by the Arab Spring, especially Cairo's Tahrir Square protests, and the Spanish Indignants. Occupy protests take their name from Occupy Wall Street, and commonly use the slogan We are the 99%, the #Occupy hashtag format, and organize through websites such as "Occupy Together". The protests have been described as a "democratic awakening".


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Taken on November 13, 2011