BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Protests against Corporate America spread to America. Tuesday, dozens of people are “Occupying Baltimore.”
Weijia Jiang has their message.
These Marylanders have a message for their elected leaders and they’re not afraid to shout it.
“They have to stop the greed. I mean, they have to show humanity. There’s no humanity in government at all,” said Valerie Rich.
Dozens gathered at the Inner Harbor Tuesday, part of a national movement that started in New York City three weeks ago called “Occupy Wall Street.” Protesters stormed the financial district, upset over social inequality, bank bailouts and corporate greed.
From there, rallies quickly formed in cities across the country. Boston, Los Angeles and Albuquerque are among the many.
When one congressman showed up in New York, demonstrators made clear government is not welcome.
“You, sir, have no business being here; you are part of the problem,” a protester said.
Mike McGuire is leading the effort in Baltimore.
“We’ve had enough of the nonsense of the rich only being driven by the greed and leaving the rest of us to burn, constantly hoarding power and wealth,” he said.
Critics call the movement sloppy, lacking a leader and a plan. Occupiers say they don’t need one focus; they just need those in power to listen.
“We’re not billionaires. We’re not millionaires. We need health care, we need jobs, we need to have security and normal lives,” said Tobias Hurwitz.
And they’re willing to wait as long as it takes.
“If you gotta sleep here or come back day after day after day until they get it, so be it,” Rich said.
Protesters say ongoing demonstrations in the Middle East inspired them to take action.