They say they are inspired by revolutions in West Asia, but protests over economic grievances in Spain and elsewhere in Europe are a closer comparison as anti-corporate demonstrations spread across the US.
As the Occupy Wall Street protest — which started from a small park near Wall Street — entered its third week Monday, it is being taken more seriously.
Sit-in demonstrations have popped up from Boston to Chicago and Los Angeles and this week the New York protest expects to swell with support from trade unions, community organisations and college student.
Anger over the government bailouts of big Wall Street institutions, joblessness, student debt, global warming, police brutality — are all on the protesters’ list.
The common thread is the bitterness at what is seen as the disconnect between governments and ordinary people.
It is almost similar to the huge public support Anna Hazare got during his 12-day anti-corruption fast.
As their numbers grow, the US protesters could coalesce into something more resembling a genuine protest movement.
In Los Angeles, some 300 people have been demonstrating since Saturday. In Boston, about 100 people were camped out. In Chicago 50 people have been camped in the financial district for 11 days.