When Wall Street was 'occupied': Iconic pictures from the 2011 protests

The Occupy Wall Street protest movement against social and income inequality in the US completed five years on September 17. We bring to you images from the demonstration at New York city's Zuccotti Park in 2011.

The popular slogan of the protesters, "We are the 99%," referred to the perceived income disparity in the US.

The popular slogan of the protesters, "We are the 99%," referred to the perceived income disparity in the US and the concentration of wealth in the hands of 1 per cent of the population. Source: Mithaq Kazimi, WION (WION)

The movement later snowballed into a global 'Occupy movement' against social and economic disparities.

The movement later snowballed into a global 'Occupy movement' against social and economic disparities. Occupy protests took place in over 951 cities across 82 countries. Source: Mithaq Kazimi, WION (WION)

The goals included reducing the influence of corporates on politics, distribution of income and job growth.

The goals included reducing the influence of corporates on politics, distribution of income, job growth, banking reforms and a waiver of student loans. Source: Mithaq Kazimi, WION (WION)

A memorable form of protests was the "human microphone" in which a speaker paused and the nearby members of the audience echoed his phrase collectively. Source: Mithaq Kazimi, WION

A memorable form of protests was the "human microphone" in which a speaker paused and the nearby members of the audience echoed his phrase collectively. Source: Mithaq Kazimi, WION (WION)

Though the movement eventually petered out, its ideas about income inequality have become key issues of the 2016 presidential campaign in the US. Source: Mithaq Kazimi, WION



Though the movement eventually petered out, its ideas about income inequality have become key issues of the 2016 presidential campaign in the US. Source: Mithaq Kazimi, WION (WION)

The Occupy movement is now a 'balkanised' global collection of groups working toward similar goals rather than an effort to occupy physical spaces. Source: Mithaq Kazimi, WION

The Occupy movement is now a 'balkanised' global collection of groups working toward similar goals rather than an effort to occupy physical spaces. Source: Mithaq Kazimi, WION (WION)

It is considered a precursor to the Black Lives Matter movement in America. Source: Mithaq Kazimi, WION

It is considered a precursor to the Black Lives Matter movement in America. Source: Mithaq Kazimi, WION
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“The only good political movement I've seen lately was Occupy Wall Street."

“The only good political movement I've seen lately was Occupy Wall Street. They had no leaders, which was genius. But unfortunately it always ends up with some hippy playing a flute:” John Lydon, American singer. Source: Mithaq Kazimi, WION (WION)

“I'm an anarchist and I do think things such as Occupy Wall Street are about getting a little closer to the solution”

“I'm an anarchist and I do think things such as Occupy Wall Street are about getting a little closer to the solution”: Woody Harrelson, American actor. Source: Mithaq Kazimi, WION (WION)

“Occupy Wall Street didn't just spring from the earth organically, out of thin air."

“Occupy Wall Street didn't just spring from the earth organically, out of thin air. This was all part of the global socialist movement:” Monica Crowley, American columnist. Source: Mithaq Kazimi, WION
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