OCCUPY SINGAPORE | OCCUPY QUEEN STREET | OCCUPY WALL St

The movement, which started when Occupy Wall St activists pitched tents in front of the New York Stock Exchange last month, goes global today with occupations in more than 900 cities including Auckland, New Plymouth, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill.

Hundreds of anti-capitalist protesters marched in New Zealand's major cities on Saturday, as a symbol of solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement which spreads around the world. At least 200 people rallied on Wellington's city to sea bridge at the Civic Square and intend to occupy it for a week, while about 300 marched up Queen Street in Auckland, ahead of a rally in Aotea Square.

In Auckland, about 300 protesters, armed with placards sporting slogans such as "We are the 99 percent" and "Stop Corporate Greed", marched up Queen Street in Auckland city center, ahead of a rally in Aotea Square. About 30 people gathered in Hagley Park in Christchurch, with organisers expecting hundreds by the afternoon when a march is planned up Riccarton Road.

According to the New Zeleand Herald, the group plans to march up Queen St, rally in a "festive" atmosphere on the Wellesley St corner, then begin an "occupation" of Aotea Square until November 30. A spokesperson for the Occupy Aotearoa group Rob Read says their focus is on the growing inequality in society and corporate greed.

Rob Read, a spokesperson for the Occupy Aotearoa group, said their focus is on the growing inequality in society and corporate greed, according to a Radio New Zealand report. Some protesters in masks and helmets set fire to cars, smashed the windows of stores and banks and trashed offices of the defence ministry.

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