Nightly News   |  October 09, 2011

Entering week three, Occupy protests go nationwide

The protesters have been on Wall Street for 23 days, but this weekend demonstrators gathered in Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Philadelphia, too. NBC's Ron Mott reports.

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>>> what began with a small disorganized protest on wall street in lower manhattan has now entered its fourth week, swelling to nationwide demonstrations against what protesters call corporate greed. the grassroots campaign is gaining steam to the use of social media and lawmakers in washington and on the campaign trail are starting to weigh in. we get our report tonight from nbc's ron mott.

>> reporter: day 23 of the occupy wall street protest had a festival atmosphere in lower manhattan today, but demonstrators were hardly in a partying mood.

>> people are tired of oppression. this is an oppression that is quiet, it comes through the mail, there is no army to fight.

>> reporter: the protests are starting to shape an image.

>> i want corporations out of the government and i want people back in.

>> reporter: this new video answering questions many are starting to ask, what's the point of it all? this weekend, they gathered in places like indianapolis, cincinnati, and philadelphia. at the national air and space museum in washington , anti-war protesters which included members of occupy d.c. were turned away by pepper spray , and showed this video on youtube. despite the dustup in washington , these protests have been largely peaceful and their messages of economic inequality, social injustice and peace over war are beginning to take root in the nation's political debate . house minority leader nancy pelosi echoed the president's sentiment that many americans are frustrated, and appeared to go a step further.

>> i support the message to the establishment, whether it is wall street or the political establishment and the rest that change has to happen. we cannot continue in a way that does not -- that is not relevant to their lives. people are angry.

>> reporter: her republican counterpart, congressman eric cantor , said that eric pit anger pits americans against one another.

>> i for one am increasingly concerned about the growing mobs occupying wall street and the other cities across the country.

>> reporter: and some gop presidential candidates, herman cain .

>> my parents, they never played the victim card. my dad's idea was, i want to work hard enough so i can buy a cadillac, not take somebody else's.

>> reporter: a growing divide among politicians over protesters who say they're aiming to narrow the gap in america. ron mott, nbc news, new york.