October 23, 2011
American Muslims have thrown their weight behind the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement, which is a campaign against social injustice, poverty and corporatism in the US, Press TV reports.
Scores of Muslims gathered for communal pray in Zucotti Park, New York, to show their support for the growing anti-corporatism movement, a Press TV correspondent reported on Sunday.
American Muslims, many of whom have been part of the movement since its beginning, believe it is of great importance to come in large numbers and show the world that they too are Americans and understand the concerns of the discontented.
“Now is our chance to do something and make a difference, because, really there is no government without the people,” one of the protesters said.
The news of US pulling out its troops of Iraq by the end of the year was met with cautious optimism by Muslim protesters.
The US-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is seen by many demonstrators as a major financial drain on US resources.
The Occupy Wall Street movement began on September 17 in New York City, with protesters saying they intend to literally take over the country’s financial center until their demands are met. The movement has spread to major US cities, and other countries including Australia, Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland, and Portugal.