Dominicans march to Wall Street in New York

We are 99% in support of Occupy Wall Street

Hundreds of Dominicans marched 11 miles from Upper Manhattan to the financial district to support to the Occupy Wall Street movement Monday morning and included State senator Adriano Espaillat, an assemblyman Guillermo Linares and councilman Ydanis Rodriguez.

Dozens of senior citizens, adolescents, adults and children joined by union leaders and representatives of various local entities went support the spreading movement, marching to the beat of drums and bugles.

The Dominicans were helped by mild temperature and a sunny sky, where a giant flag waved with the words We are 99%, in support of Occupy Wall Street.

Many Afro-American activists joined the march, including Columbia University students, organized under the motto, End to End the 99%, in reference to the protest staged from both ends of Manhattan.

The march began shortly before 11am at the corner of 181 St. and St. Nicholas Av., the heart of the district with the highest number of Dominicans outside their country.

One went towards the South, escorted by police patrol crafts in vehicles, motorcycles and on foot, that maintained the demonstrators to stay walking by the sidewalks. Carlos Goatherd drummer a band and resident in Sunset Park (Brooklyn) said that for him, the march was very important, since it represented the Hispanic community. We are a minority in the United States, added the musician.

We’ve been oppressed for years and we continue living in poverty, today we have the opportunity to protest together with the Occupy Wall Street movement for those living conditions, said the drummer Carlos Cabrera.

Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is an ongoing series of demonstrations in New York City based in Zuccotti Park in the Wall Street financial district. The protests were initiated by the Canadian activist group Adbusters. They are mainly protesting social and economic inequality, corporate greed, corruption and influence over government—particularly from the financial services sector—and lobbyists. The protesters’ slogan, We are the 99%, refers to the difference in wealth and income growth in the U.S. between the wealthiest 1% and the rest of the population.

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