Cyber activists associated with Anonymous have been in the forefront of helping to organize and conduct protests against Wall Street bankers in New York City.
Rallying under the banner of #OCCUPYWALLSTREET, the demonstrators say they want to change America’s financial system for the better.
For example, Bill Steyerd, a Vietnam veteran from Queens, told The Guardian that #OCCUPYWALLSTREET is a “worthy cause because people on Wall Street are blood-sucking warmongers.”
Jason Ahmadi, who travelled from Oakland, California to attend the rally, said “a lot of us feel there is a large crisis in our economy and a lot of it is caused by the folks who do business here.”
Meanwhile, Robert Siegel, who is sleeping in a nearby park during the protest, told WCBS that working 8 years as a consultant for an investment bank was enough to turn him against the current Wall Street model.
“I just shuffled other people’s money around and took a cut. Nothing was being contributed. A lot was just being taken out. ”[I] watched the silliness compound on itself. At some point, I wanted a lifestyle that didn’t consist of going up to computers to deal with angry people.”