JERSEY CITY, N.J. (PIX11)—Two rallies targeting corporate America are set to take place in New Jersey Thursday, as part of ongoing demonstrations that started on Wall Street and have since spread across the nation.
Rallies are expected to take place in Jersey City and at the Statehouse in Trenton at around 2 p.m. Participants are calling for an end of corporate control of government.
The rallies come just a day after a massive protest in Lower Manhattan where several powerful unions joined forces with demonstrators resulted in nearly 30 arrests.
According to authorities, a clash between officers and protestors erupted Wednesday after demonstrators attempted to rush police barricades and enter the Wall Street area. Video of the clash which surfaced on YouTube, shows officers swinging batons at screaming protestors which soon unravels into utter chaos as cops and rally participants disperse into the streets.
The violence came at the end of a day that saw the largest march of "Occupy Wall Street" demonstrators to date. Organizers say the crowd at one point swelled to as many as 5,000 people.
The "Occupy Wall Street" movement started out as a small group of demonstrators who first picketed outside the New York Stock Exchange nearly three weeks ago, but ballooned to thousands Wednesday after a number of powerful unions joined the cause.
Several members of community organizations and powerful unions like the Chinatown Tenants Union, the liberal group MoveOn.org and the Transit Workers Union joined "Occupy Wall Street" demonstrators for a massive march that commenced at Foley Square in Lower Manhattan.
The group, which is protesting against ongoing corporate greed and economic inequality, also called on students at college campuses across the country to walk out of class in protest.
Demonstrators marched toward Zuccotti Park, the unofficial headquarters of the protestors who have been camped out in sleeping bags since Sept. 17.
The group, which started out as dozens and gradually grew to hundreds, have become increasingly organized in wake of several arrests. The group has even began to print their own newspaper, the Occupied Wall Street Journal.