Arundhati Roy: “Occupy Wall Street Is So Important Because It Is In the Heart of Empire”


Amy Goodman – Democracy NOW!

Renowned Indian writer and global justice activist Arundhati Roy is preparing to address Occupy Wall Street on Wednesday [16 Nov 2011]. She recently joined us in the studio to talk about the Occupy movement. “What they are doing becomes so important because it is in the heart of empire, or what used to be empire,” Roy said. “And to criticize and to protest against the model that the rest of the world is aspiring to is a very important and very serious business. So… it makes me very, very hopeful that after a long time you are seeing some nascent, real political anger here.” She also discussed her new book, “Walking with the Comrades,” a chronicle of her time in the forests of India alongside rebel guerillas who are resisting a brutal military campaign by the Indian government.

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