OWS protests rage on despite hurdles
Occupy Wall Street supporters stage a protest during Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum's speech at a town hall meeting in Manchester, New Hampshire, January 6, 2012.
The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement, against corporatism and economic inequality, rages on across the United States despite tough weather conditions and a heavy police crackdown.
Anti-corporate activists continued their protests in the US state of New Hampshire late on Tuesday as Republicans voted for the party's nominee for the November 2012 presidential elections.
The demonstrators came together in the middle of Veterans Park in Manchester to protest against the US political system, which favors the rich over the poor.
They have been meeting since Friday to discuss economic inequality and growing poverty in the country.
The protesters say neither Republicans nor Democrats can resolve the social injustice and economic inequality in the country.
The OWS movement began when a group of demonstrators gathered in New York's financial district on September 17 to protest against the unjust distribution of wealth in the country and the excessive influence of big corporations on US politics.
According to the website Occupyarrests.com, at least 5,861 Occupy protesters have been apprehended since the emergence of the movement.
Despite the crackdown, the Occupy movement has now spread to many major US cities, while inspiring rallies in Australia, Britain, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Portugal as well as other countries.