Occupy Wall Street protesters [including members of Make the Road New York] are rallying outside the Waldorf-Astoria hotel today, where presidential candidate Mitt Romney is holding a fundraiser.
The protestors are chanting and conducting a mock funeral procession, complete with Mitt Romney masks and a coffin to represent dying jobs. Other protestors are donning hula hoops to signify tax loopholes that benefit the 1 percent.
“The goal today is to show the world that the 99 percent is not going to stand by Mitt Romney,” protester Justin Wedes told Metro. “He’s here to pick up checks from rich campaign donors. We don’t want our democracy for sale.”
When asked whether Occupy Wall Street will protest the fundraising efforts of other candidates, including President Obama, Wedes said, “We’re not just choosing one. We are protesting corporate greed and corruption.”
He added that OWS has protested “many Obama fundraisers,” including one in November where he said protesters were corralled for three hours by security.
Today marks the beginning of a series of events this week, marking a rekindling of the movement. Tomorrow, activists will march and protest outside several Bank of America locations in the city. Occupy Wall Street will also mark its six-month anniversary this weekend.
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