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Camping out for a change

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 01:48

Oct. 10 - Wall Street protesters continue to camp out seeking to get their message out about the economic problems in the U.S. Bobbi Rebell reports.

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Mornings are developing a routine for the Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York's Zucotti Park. Some continue to sleep as workers commute in the area; a wake up stretch as a group practiced yoga; tables set up with morning coffee and other foods for breakfast; sleeping bags being put away for the day; a clean-up crew. Protestors stand with their signs, ready for the media. SOUNDBITE: DEVON THAURIAUX, PROTESTERS FROM NEW JERSEY (ENGLISH) SAYING: "I've been here 4 days, and the mood has been mostly peaceful. Of course there's going to be a couple bad people. If you have a thousand people, there's going to be a couple who aren't here for the cause, they are just to freeload and just to be here." Since the start of the New York protests 24 days ago, the movement has attracted thousands of people and charities donating food, drinks and money. This has also attracted the local homeless and unemployed to the camping ground, who come out for the free food and clothing. The protests target Wall Street and U.S. economic inequality. SOUNDBITE: KEVIN DEVONE, PROTESTER (ENGLISH) SAYING: "We have an opportunity to use the power that we have and get our foot in the government and make active changes. The Tea Party did it and we can do it." Still not clear: how they may influence the upcoming presidential election: Temple University professor Ralph Young, is the Author of Dissent in America. SOUNDBITE: RALPH YOUNG, PROFESSOR, TEMPLE UNIVERSITY AND AUTHOR, DISSENT IN AMERICA (ENGLISH) SAYING: "I think part of the motivation that so many of the protestors have is that I think many of them voted for Obama or they wanted Obama to lead the country into a better place and I think he has really disappointed a lot of people." The movement has expanded to other parts of the country stretching from coast to coast. Bobbi Rebell, Reuters.

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Camping out for a change

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 01:48