Congress shall make no law respecting...the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. ~ US ConstitutionOccupy Wall Street and Egypt's Tahrir Square revolution go beyond them both being spontaneous, popular uprising against oligarchical rule, although that in and of itself would be sufficient.
- There is police violence against peaceful protesters. NYPD didn't use thugs on camels, they employed thugs with pepper spray.
- The police are trying mass arrests but there are simply too many people in the streets. (I should note here that the NYPD is spitting on the Constitution.)
- The official media are doing their best to censor, ignore, and ridicule the movement yet it continues to grow.
- The contagion is spreading to other cities.