Occupy Newport was back in full regalia Wednesday with signs and raised voices, looking for friendly waves and honking horns from those who share their call for re-aligning the country’s economy and tax structure. The Occupy Newport group gathered at Nye Beach and walked the half-mile to their favorite demonstration area of Highway 101 and Highway 20. The Occupy Wall Street spin-off movement has now migrated to other continents, including Europe, Asia, South America and across the U.S. A common theme is a call for citizens everywhere to realize that the globalization of the world economy has created a growing disparity in incomes between the very rich and everyone else. It has become a primary debate point in the current race for the White House.
Critics ridicule the movement as being frivolous and leaderless with only vague complaints about the economy. Other critics maintain that the movement deserves the country’s neglect and nothing more.
After the curbside demonstrations, they met in what they called a “General Assembly” and agreed that Occupy Newport protests will continue every Wednesday, 4-6pm at Coast Highway and Highway 20 and that General Assembly meetings will follow each demonstration. They will also conduct Occupy Newport demonstrations at the last few Newport Farmers Markets in front of Newport City Hall.