As “Occupy Wall Street” protests continue to pop up in South Carolina. The web site occupycharleston.org features the banner “99 hours for the 99%” spread across the front page. That’s because protesters from “Occupy Charleston” are heading out to Brittlebank Park in Downtown Charleston Wednesday for a 99-hour protest against big business on Wall Street. And they call themselves the 99 percent of Americans who are struggling from the economic woes of the so-called big government leaders on Wall Street.
A spin-off of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement in New York City, “Occupy Charleston” has a list of demands on its website. Demands include: Passage of laws prohibiting government regulators from working in the industry they regulated for a minimum of five years, a corporate giving ban for political campaigns, among other things.
Protesters say the 99 percent are wanting a change in the economy, taking power and money away from big government and aiming more fairness. There are similar groups protesting in Spartanburg, Florence and Columbia.