Wall Street Protests Spread to Asia-Pacific Region, London

Saturday, October 15, 2011
By Paul Martin

Soraya Permatasari and Kanoko Matsuyama
SFGate.com
Friday, October 14, 2011

Protests against widening income disparity are planned across the Asia-Pacific region today as demonstrators organizing via social media from Tokyo to Sydney join London in the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The rallies that began Sept. 17 in New York have already migrated across the U.S. to cities including Denver, Boston and San Francisco. The largest gatherings are planned in London and Australia, according to organizers, who are hoping to harness networking sites such as Facebook Inc. to attract thousands.

“Many people are very inspired by what’s happening around the world, and I know there are 1,300 people on Facebook saying they’re coming,” a spokesman for planned demonstrations in Sydney, Josh Lees, said yesterday by telephone.

At least 200 people, including children, gathered today at City Square in Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, carrying banners and calling for an end to “greed.”

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