LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The Occupy Wall Street movement is global with protests taking place coast-to-coast.
On Saturday, ten-to-fifteen thousand marchers moved from Pershing Square to City Hall in downtown Los Angeles to peacefully demand jobs and urge Wall Street to pay their fair share.
“I and many other people are fed up with being fed up,” Peter Thottam of Venice told CBS2’s Rachel Kim.
Thottam, who went to Yale for undergrad and Berkeley for law school, has been unemployed since February 2008.
He – like so many others — has found a purpose in front of City Hall by participating in Occupy LA movements.
“I wanted to be a part of a counterforce to that enormous power that the financial lobbyists on Wall Street and the banking community have,” Thottam added.
“Just seeing this huge swell of people, this sea of people who are there in unity and in solidarity, chanting and marching with their signs, was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen,” Elise Whitaker said.
Whitaker, who participated in the march, is helping organize events for the present and future.
“This is the world that I’m going to be raising my children in. We set up a system that just pushes everybody further in debt,” she added.
The LAPD said no disturbances or arrests have been made during this two-week long occupation in front of City Hall.
Last week, the LA City Council voted to support the Occupy LA movement.
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