Identify the writer's tone in his letter to the editor in reference to The Occupy Movement.
Protesters speak for us
HUNDREDS of thousands of protesters can camp for weeks on end in a city like New York, yet a hundred or so protesters camp in Melbourne's City Square and lord mayor Robert Doyle calls in the riot squad and security within a week. They may only be a few hundred in number but they have the support of hundreds of thousands of us who can't be there, and they speak for anybody who is concerned about the influence of corporations on government policy. Think mining tax, pokies, green wedge development and the power of Crown Casino, to name a few.
This is a good question. The tone of the excerpt seems to convey two points. First, it shows a sense of incredulity that one city, like New York could have thousands of protesters and the city allows it while a city like Melbourne would call the riot squad in view of a hundred protesters. In other words, there is a huge contrast that the author is making.
Second, there is another tone that suggests that the solidarity in Australia is greater than the solidarity in the United States. In other words, the people of Australia, who cannot be in Melbourne stand with the protesters.
Finally, there is a strong tone that expresses the anger of the corporate world.
In conclusion, the tone of the excerpt approves of the Occupy Movement.