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Unoccupied: Fifth anniversary of Occupy Wall Street passes quietly

A smattering of protesters assembled at Zuccotti Park.
Unlike Saturday, a large crowd gathered for the second anniversary of Occupy Wall StrGetty Image

The fifth anniversary of Occupy Wall Street attracted only a smattering of occupiers.

A small group unfurled a a banner and displayed a “Capitalism is the Devil” sign on Saturday at Zuccotti Park in Manhattan, theNew York Post reported.

“There’s more speakers that there are protesters,” said a police officer at the park.

Five years ago, hundreds of people assembled in the park near Wall Street to protest against social and economic inequality. The occupiers proclaimed that “We are the 99 percent,” a slogan intended to underscore that the wealth of the nation is controlled by a fraction of the population.


As many as 200 protesters camped in the park at for about two months. On Nov. 15, 2011, police in riot gear removed people from the park, following complaints about unsanitary and unsafe conditions there.

Some credit the occupy movement with fueling the fight for a $15 per hour minimum wage and for setting the stage for the presidential campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Critics argued that the movement offered no solutions, no agenda.

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