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[O]n September 14, 2008, financial markets around the world plummeted, heralding the beginning of a huge economic crisis.
Three blocks from the Stock Exchange and almost exactly three years later, the Occupy Wall Street protest movement began. For two months hundreds of people occupied a small windswept plaza known as Zuccotti Park, where tents, a kitchen, a library and a twenty-four hour drum circle were quickly set up.
Occupiers represented hundreds of different causes, though their overarching frustrations lay with economic inequality and corporate greed. Their slogan, “We are the 99%”, referred to the enormous income gap between the wealthiest 1% and the rest of the population.
These pictures depict Wall Street during the crash in 2008 and the Occupy movement of 2011.