A video combining footage of United States government leaders and clips of the grassroots Occupy Wall Street movement in downtown New York City has gone viral, reposted across several accounts on YouTube.
The video opens with a statement by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the Egyptian uprising that sparked the so-called Arab Spring, then cuts to footage of police penning in screaming protesters with orange safety netting in late September during the early days of the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York.
“The people of the Middle East, like people everywhere, are seeking a chance to contribute and to have a role in the decisions that will shape their lives,” Clinton said. “Leaders need to respond to these aspirations and to help build that better future for all. They need to view civil society as their partner, not as a threat.”
In the description for the video, user CoreyOgilvie urges users to share the film, which has garnered more than 15,000 views in the two days since it was posted to the account. Several other YouTube accounts also host the video.
“please share with everyone, including your leaders,” the description reads. “This video is meant to be a warning to our leaders.”
Kase Wickman is a reporter for Raw Story. She holds a journalism degree from Boston University and grew up in Eugene, OR. Her work has been featured in The Boston Globe, Village Voice Media, The Christian Science Monitor, The Houston Chronicle and on NPR, among others. She lives in New York City and tweets from @kasewickman.
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