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WE ARE THE 1% sign | The scene

Occupy Chicago protesters get a message from the Chicago Board of Trade Building.

Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 05: A sign hangs in the windows of the Chicago Board of Trade building that overlooks Occupy Chicago demonstrators on the sidewalks below October 5, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The protest is one of many around the country being h...

Wednesday, October 5 The sign made only a brief appearance on windows of the Chicago Board of Trade Building, but the message lingered: we are the 1%. The taunt was apparently directed at Occupy Chicago protesters who’ve been demonstrating in front of the Federal Reserve Bank at 230 South LaSalle Street under the banner of “We are the 99 percent,” in solidarity with New York’s Occupy Wall Street movement. Thus far, exactly zero percent of the self-proclaimed one percent has been ballsy enough to fess up to hanging the brazen message of preeminence. And CME Group Inc., the parent company of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and CBOT, is protecting the party responsible by keeping mum. CME Group spokeswoman Laurie Bischel would not name the tenant occupying the office or even identify the floor. At the corner of Jackson Boulevard and LaSalle Street, the sign inspired protester Mike Polski to reflect on the fate of the Occupy movement: “Be it in France via the guillotine, or be it in Vietnam the way they threw out the imperialists—in the end, the 99 percent are going to overcome just as they have in every culture.”

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