Radiohead rumour rocks Wall Street
Stephen Foley is a former Associate Business Editor of The Independent, based in New York. He left in August 2012. In a decade at the paper, he covered personal finance, the UK stock market and the pharmaceuticals industry, and had also been the Business section's share tipster. Between arriving with three suitcases in Manhattan in January 2006 and his departure, he witnessed and reported on a great economic boom turning spectacularly to bust. In March 2009, he was named Business and Finance Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards.
Saturday 01 October 2011
Hundreds of New Yorkers chanted slogans criticising the banks, corporations and the media, as a protest that has claimed to "Occupy Wall Street" for the past two weeks sparked into life.
What has for two weeks been a minor nuisance to workers in the financial district of Manhattan, last night became the social media sensation that organisers had hoped for – but not because of a sudden surge in support for its proponents' messages.
A rumour – apparently false – that Radiohead would stage a surprise concert at the camp yesterday afternoon swelled the number of spectators, before the band tweeted: "We wish the best of luck to the protesters there, but contrary to earlier rumours, we will not be appearing today at #occupywallstreet."
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