Occupy Sydney statement: 'Join us -- we are all 99%'

October 21, 2011
Occupy Sydney general assembly, October 17. Photo: Occupysydney.org.au

Occupy Sydney read out the statement below at an October 22 rally held at the occupy site in Sydney’s Martin Place. The statement was adopted unanimously by about 1000 rally attendees.

Live blog: Occupy Melbourne, Sydney rallies

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We are the workers. We are the indebted. We are the immigrants and the indigenous. We are the homeless. We are the students. We are the unemployed. We are the underrepresented people of the world.

We are the 99%. We are Occupy Sydney.

The resistance around the world against corrupt governments and the devastating effects of the global financial crisis has exposed the realities of the world in which we live.

We live in a world where we produce a surplus of food and yet millions of children starve.

We live in a world where the 1% that created the financial crisis are bailed-out and rewarded, while the 99% pay the price through their wages, their houses and their pensions.

We live in a country that has never been so unequal. And our environment has never been so devastated.

The events in Tunisia and Egypt, and the events beginning in Greece, Spain and the United States, show us that, united in action, the 99% can change the world and determine the type of society that we want to live in.

We are part of a movement that aims to connect the important struggles that are happening, both here in Australia and around the world, and is creating a new path towards a society based on the needs and the democratic participation of all.

We extend our hand and invite you to join us, because we all are the 99%.


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