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Occupy Wall Street

2011 News of the Year | Scores of protesters camped in Zuccotti Park near Wall Street for two months

Issue: "2011 News of the Year," Dec. 31, 2011

A mid-July poster announcing the September launch of Occupy Wall Street bore the foggy, gray image of a ballerina dancing on the iconic bull statue in Lower Manhattan. It asked a simple question: "What is our one demand?" Nearly five months later, the answer was as hazy as the poster. Scores of protesters camped in Zuccotti Park near Wall Street for two months to oppose corporate greed and economic inequality-but failed to produce a cohesive set of goals before police evicted them. Demonstrators who filled similar camps across the country called for everything from bankruptcy protection for student loan holders to boycotting Black Friday shopping.

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