Occupy Wall Street reaches the North Pole via Internet

By Agence France-Presse
Saturday, December 10, 2011 10:21 EDT
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The Occupy Wall Street movement reached Santa’s workshop on Friday, at least in the imagination of a Miami web firm that has come up with a way to rant with wit over the Christmas holiday.

Occupy North Pole (www.occupynorthpole.net) features a platoon of elves in green tights waving placards bearing such messages as “Santa is a sweatshop boss” and “1 percent of people have 99 percent of holiday spirit.”

The messages keep changing as visitors submit their own slogans that cannot exceed 60 characters.

Scott Ownbey, founder of Storyboards Online, said his company — which develops comic-strip illustrations for websites — launched Occupy North Pole as a “light-hearted” way to let the general public sound off.

“The question of whether the Occupy movement has being heard is looming, but hopefully our additional fun resource will provide another dimension for everyone wanting to express themselves,” he said in a statement.

Occupy Wall Street took root in New York in late September in protest against what its participants denounced as social inequality and corporate greed. Within weeks it had spawned offshoots around the world.

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