The anti-capitalist movement emerged when a group of demonstrators gathered in New York's financial district on September 17, 2011 to protest against corruption, the unjust distribution of wealth in the country, and the excessive influence of big corporations on US policies.
The movement was followed by rallies, in which the protesters started using the slogan, "We are the 99 percent" to distinguish themselves from the one percent of Americans, who are in possession of the greatest portion of the nation's wealth.
The movement's anniversary is to take place six weeks before November's crucial presidential standoff between the incumbent President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney.
Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protesters are expected to block the New York Stock Exchange in a bid to mark the first anniversary of the anti-capitalist campaign, organizers say.
The protesters will block the financial district on Monday in order to revive their move against corporate greed and social injustice in the country.
According to OWS website, the protesters, also known as the 99 percenters, will assemble at the Stock Exchange at 7:30 a.m. and surround it with the “People’s Wall” sit-in.
“We will then fill the Financial District with “99 Revolutions,” a swirl of mobile occupations of corporate lobbies and intersections,” it was also said on the website.
On Saturday, about 300 OWS protesters marched to Zuccotti Park in New York’s Lower Manhattan, serving as the movement’s headquarter. The peaceful demonstration, however, turned violent after policemen plunged into the crowd.
At least 25 people were taken into custody, while several other people got injured.