Occupy Wall Street is no Tahrir Square

(CNN) — Ever since disgruntled Americans declared themselves the 99% and occupied Wall Street, their protests have been compared to those in the squares of the Middle East and North Africa — especially Cairo’s Tahrir Square — where pro-democracy demonstrations challenged decades of tyrannical power. The movements in New York and Cairo share some characteristics, but direct comparisons between them discredit Arabs’ tremendous struggles and sacrifices and squeeze the Occupy movement into a framework that does not fit.

I had the fortunate opportunity to cover Egypt’s mass protests in Tahrir Square and New Yorkers’ takeover of Zuccotti Park and can say confidently that the two movements differ in many ways. (read more – CNN)

Egyptian-born coffee vendor stationed outside New York's Occupy Wall St protests


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