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Occupy protests trigger envy, ire in Generation X

By Jennifer Peltz

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Dec. 18 2011 11:00 a.m. MST

In this Dec. 16, 2011 photo, Pete Dutro, right, from Boston, stands at Zuccotti Park in New York. At 36, Dutro is part of both Generation X and Occupy Wall Street. He’s a member of its finance working group. “Twenty-somethings really are the catalyst,” he says of the Occupy protests, but “my generation paved the way for them to do this.”

Bebeto Matthews, Associated Press

NEW YORK — The generation that gave the term "slacker" new meaning is looking with measures of rivalry, regret and tart bewilderment at a movement its successor mobilized in the name of "the 99 percent."

Generation X is the cohort sandwiched between the Baby Boomers and the so-called Millennial age group of many Occupy Wall Street protesters.

To some members of Generation X, the demonstrations represent a missed opportunity to take up the cause of combatting economic inequality in their own youth.

But for others, the Occupy movement is a rehash of recessionist angst they weathered in the 1980s and '90s.

There also are Gen Xers involved in the protests. One says he feels younger people catalyzed the demonstrations, but his age group paved the way.

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