While there is an argument to be made that Occupy Wall Street has inspired some protests around the world, in some countries it's probably more accurate to say that they have reinvigorated protests.
When Mércia and I were in Portugal in May, we noticed any number of encampment style protests and organized demonstrations. Here's an encampment in Praça Rossio, one of Lisbon's main squares:
While this photo does not show the encampment (it was taken from a moving vehicel), the sign says it all. It's in Porto near a government minister's residence. The sign says "You won't let us dream, so we won't let you sleep!"
Organized rallies took place in strategic locations designed to draw attention. This was the tail end of one in Porto's Ribeira district, a popular area by the Douro River filled with bars and restaurants:
I work at 120 Broadway, which as you can see is across the street from Zucotti Park:
I walk by the area two to three times a day. I have not been harassed, intimidated or otherwise interfered with. I have not seen any acts of violence or anything uncivil.
What I have seen is a great deal of frustration and anger, which is finally being channelled into something however imperfect. For the past several years we've been fed a steady diet of panis et circenses. The circuses are no longer distracting us and the bread is running low. Time for some new beginnings.