Liberty Square. Tents pitched in front of corporate offices. Shouts proclaiming, "We are the 99 percent!"
Hundreds of peaceful protestors currently gather in the financial districts of cities across the globe in support of narrowing the gap between the wealthy and the poor. With more than 1,500 cities worldwide and more than 20,000 protesters and counting, the Occupy movement is spreading fast.
However, will violence corrupt the protests, and, if so, does this violate America's Constitution?
Occupy Wall Street (whose unofficial website is occupywallst.org) is a people-powered movement that began Sept. 17 in Liberty Square in Manhattan's Financial District. Inspired by the recent movements in Egypt and Tunisia, OWS' mission is to fight against the financial powerhouses of the world.
OWS claims that the richest 1 percent of the population controls the "inferior" 99 percent and creates social injustice among the world's economy. The movement seeks to expose and oppose the rich.
Although the First Amendment of the United States Constitution represents free speech, freedom of the press and freedom of assembly, some seek to terminate the protests of OWS. Many political figures attack the demonstrators for being "lazy." Former New York City mayor Rudy Guliani told Fox News that the demonstrators should "occupy a job" instead of Wall Street.
According to CNBC writer John Carney, the protests are "hurting the economy" by "supporting anti-housing." Some who are participating stay camped out on the streets. The homeless have taken interest in the protests, and, in many cases, have found a place to call home. Fellow protestors aid these people, providing them with food and shelter until they can get back on their feet.