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Adbusters, a Canadian anti-consumerist magazine, registers the domain OccupyWallStreet.org. Four days later, Adbusters proposes a peaceful demonstration in New York City. "Are you ready for a Tahrir moment?" their website reads. "On Sept. 17, flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street."

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September 21, 2011

On his Current TV show, Keith Olbermann slams the mainstream media for ignoring the protests, asking, "Why isn't any major news outlet covering this? If that's a Tea Party protest in front of Wall Street about Ben Bernanke putting stimulus funds into it, it's the lead story on every network newscast."

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October 1, 2011

More than 500 protesters (out of a total of about 5,000) are arrested during a march across the Brooklyn Bridge, after spilling over from the pedestrian walkway onto the roadway of the bridge. Thousands march in other cities, including Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles.

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October 6, 2011

President Obama lends mild support to the Occupy Wall Street protesters. At a press conference, he tells reporters that he sympathizes with the"frustrations the American people feel," and allows that "the protesters are giving voice to a more broad-based frustration about how our financial system works."

October 9, 2011

In an ABC News interview, top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi expresses her support for the movement, saying that the stubborn nine-percent unemployment rate has much to do with Occupy Wall Street's anger. "The thought was that when we [passed TARP], there would be capital available and Main Street would benefit from the resources that went largely to Wall Street," she says. "That didn't happen. People are angry."

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October 10, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who had been critical of protesters, takes a noticeably softer line. "The bottom line is, people want to express themselves, and as long as they obey the laws, we'll allow them to," the mayor tells reporters at a Columbus Day parade.

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October 13, 2011

A TIME survey finds that more than half of Americans view the Occupy Wall Street movement favorably – while only 27 percent feel the same way about the Tea Party. The positions held by OWS – that the rich should pay higher taxes, that Wall Street execs should be held accountable – also have strong support among Americans.

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October 15, 2011

Thousands of protesters in New York march through Manhattan to Times Square. Rallies take place in cities across the U.S. and the world. Protests turn violent in Rome, where cars are torched and windows smashed.

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October 25, 2011

The Oakland Police Department fired tear gas at Occupy Oakland protesters as they marched through the city's downtown area, trying to reclaim the encampment officers had broken up earlier that morning. The local police's use of force seriously injured activist and Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen, 24, leaving him with a fractured skull. [Huffington Post]

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November 2, 2011

Occupy Oakland protesters successfully held a "general strike" on the city, causing many businesses to either shut down or remain closed. The protesters also organized a march on the city's busy port, which forced it to close by early evening. [New York Times]

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November 15th, 2011

New York City police in riot gear swept into Zuccotti Park in the early morning to remove hundreds of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators, making more than 200 arrests. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the protesters could return once the park had been cleaned, but without their tents and sleeping bags.

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