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Occupy Wall Street spirit spreads through Pacific Rim

• latimesblogs.latimes.com
REPORTING FROM SEOUL -- The protests against corporate greed born last month on New York’s Wall Street spread to the world’s Asia-Pacific region Saturday, with similar marches staged in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea.

The weekend protests were organized as part of what activists described as a global movement involving nearly 85 countries worldwide.

In Sydney, hundreds of activists chanted anti-big-business slogans in front of the nation's central bank headquarters in the heart of the financial district, with protesters declaring that the events were “only the start,” according to Australia media reports. They pledged that the actions could go on for weeks, even months.

Some held up banners reading “You can’t eat money” and “We are the 99%,” a reference to the percentage of workers who do not share in lucrative annual big-business bonuses.

In New Zealand, more than 500 activists joined marches in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch, Radio New Zealand reported.

About 600 people joined rallies in Tokyo, marching on the headquarters of Tepco, the utility that owns the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which suffered a major meltdown after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

 

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