Saturday, December 03, 2011

"Occupy Wall Street to Become Major Challenge to US Administration" (Fars News--Iran)

Notice the reference to "Huffpost":
A senior Iranian legislator said on Saturday that the Occupy Wall Street Movement will move ahead despite the US police's heavy clampdown on protesters and will turn into a major challenge for Washington in the near future.

"Some analysts claimed that the Wall Street protest movement would not endure the test of time and was a transient movement, but facts on the ground show that this is a continuous movement risen from the bottom of the US society and it is not a movement that the US statesmen can control or mange in the short run," member of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Zohreh Elahian told FNA on Saturday.

"We predict that this movement with its current dimensions will become a major challenge for the US administration," Elahian added.

She added that the US police cannot control the movement through violence as they have done to the other protests and movements in recent years.

In New York, where the movement began when protesters set up a makeshift camp in Lower Manhattan on Sept. 17, police have arrested hundreds of people during demonstrations against corporate greed. Yet, organizers said the protest will grow to other cities and will continue to the end of the capitalist system.

Observers said that the Occupy Wall Street Movement has already sent shockwaves through established centers of power all over the world, and if further actions continue and spread they may soon begin to elude the coercive mechanisms designed to hold them in check.

Meantime, the United Nations envoy for freedom of expression is drafting an official communication to the US government demanding to know why federal officials are not protecting the rights of Occupy demonstrators whose protests are being disbanded violently by local authorities.

Frank La Rue, who serves as the UN "special rapporteur" for the protection of free expression, told HuffPost in an interview that the crackdowns against Occupy protesters appear to be violating their human and constitutional rights. [...]

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