Cultural Capital 18 October 2011 Writers defend Occupy Movement Salman Rushdie and others express support for the anti-austerity movement sweeping the globe. Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up Hundreds of writers have proclaimed their support for Occupy Wall Street and the global Occupy Movement in a new online petition. There are many high profile supporters on the list, such as historian and editor of the New Left Review Tariq Ali, Neil Gaiman, Salman Rushdie and Pulitzer prize-winning novelists Michael Cunningham and Jennifer Egan. Other signatories include the psychologist Anne Fernald, the Director of Digital at The Onion Baratunde Thurston, and the authors Adam Horowitz and Adam Hochschild. The Occupy Wall Street movement began in New York and has rapidly evolved into a global anti-austerity movement. It has spread to nearly 1,000 cities in more than 80 countries. These protests against socio-economic inequality and corporate greed call upon governments to respond to austerity with a sense of the common good, and free from disproportionate lobbyist influence, particularly from the financial sector. On what's next for Occupy Wall Street, read the Director of the World Development Movement, Deborah Doane here. › "I'm a gremlin. I'm leaving the party." Subscribe For the latest TV, art, films and book reviews subscribe for just £1 per month!