Oct 15, 2011 9:33 PM GMT
It was Occupy P.E.I., but the message was the same
Guardian photo by Brian McInnis
The sign was small, but it said what many at the rally believed strongly in.
Published on October 15, 2011
The ideals of Occupy Wall Street came to Charlottetown Saturday when more than 100 people came to the little park adjacent to Province House.
There were not a lot of placards, but people got their message across by speaking of personal experiences such as the former student struggling to makes ends meet after having to drop out of university because he was unable to qualify for student loans. One man spoke of suffering a stroke, but he is determined to carry on despite problems.
If there was a main theme of the rally it was that 40 per cent of the world's wealth is controlled by just one per cent of the population and that the separation of the classes is the worst it has been since The Great Depression.
The Occupy Wall Street movement started in New York last month when a group of protesters began gathering in Zuccotti Park to voice concern and anger over the state of the economy and the disparity between rich bankers and financiers compared to the average American.
Word spread through social media and more people began joining the movement. But with no leader and no set agenda, a whole host of other grievances and concerns have been added to the protest, prompting many to dismiss it as confused and unfocused.
Similiar rallies were held around the world Saturday.