Police in New York have arrested at least four Occupy Wall Street protesters during the Americans' commemoration of the birthday anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK), Press TV reports.
Rallies were held in two separate locations in New York on Monday as the demonstrators accused Wall Street of being behind the worst economic crisis the United States has faced since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
More than a hundred protesters gathered outside the building of Bank of America in the city's financial district. Several protesters also entered the bank's building. At least four of the protesters were arrested.
Another rally attended by hundreds was held outside New York's Federal Reserve Bank to honor civil rights leader Dr. King and his fight for justice.
“If Dr. King were alive today, he'd be right here! Supporting Occupy the Dream, supporting Occupy Wall Street,” said Ben Chavis, one of the protesters.
The protesters also held placards with pictures of King that read “A job is a right.”
“What Occupy Wall Street is trying to do is exactly what (Martin Luther King Jr.) was trying to, focus on economic injustice and to inform and educate the American public,” said Norman Siegel, former director of the New York Civil Liberties Union.
Martin Luther King Jr., born on January 15, 1929, was an American civil rights activist best known for his speech 'I Have a dream' in which he called for racial equality as well as an end to discrimination. In 1964, Dr. King became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner for his dedication to racial equality. Celebrations to mark his day of birth were held across the US on January 16, 2012.
The Occupy Wall Street movement emerged after a group of demonstrators gathered in New York's financial district on September 17, 2011 to protest, among other things, against the excessive influence of big corporations on the US policies as well as the unjust distribution of wealth and the high-level corruption in the country.
Despite the crackdown, the Occupy movement has now spread to many major US cities, while inspiring rallies in Australia, Britain, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, and other countries.