Occupy Wall Street, Day Three: Inefficiency Starts to Cripple Protest

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This is what democracy looks like.
The Occupy Wall Street protest drew thousands of demonstrators to the Financial District this weekend, when the markets were closed and the neighborhood was largely a ghost town.

This morning, as the inexplicably-timed protest entered its third day, demonstrators finally had a chance disrupt the captains of capital as they moved their enormous piles of money around.

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Police kept a wide perimeter around the New York Stock Exchange.
But the protesters' numbers were already much diminished, and when the few hundred remaining demonstrators filed through the narrow streets of the financial districts, banging drums and shouting "This is what democracy looks like," they found their passage by police barricades narrowing the sidewalks, and a strong NYPD turnout kept them from getting anywhere near the New York Stock Exchange.

Six people were arrested this morning, some for jumping the barricades, others for violating a law that prohibits more than one demonstrator at a time from wearing masks.

By 10 a.m., columns of protesters started weaving back to Zuccotti Park, the privately-owned square at Broadway and Liberty Street that demonstrators are calling by its former name, Liberty Park.

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Protesters on Wall Street today.
There, they debated their next move, in an exquisitely democratic and maddeningly inefficient people's assembly. Participants raised their hands to speak in staccato bursts, echoed back by the entire crowd to amplify their message. Some wanted to return to Wall Street, to fulfill the mission of the event's name. Others advocated for a more long-term strategy, turning Zucotti Park into a sort of Tahrir Square of economic justice.

Originally devised by Adbusters magazine in July, the notion of a Wall Street occupation has gathered steam in recent months without identifying a unified set of demands. Protesters today mentioned goals like reducing corporate influence in politics, punishing banks for the financial crisis, and reversing the widening of the country's wealth gap.

As the strategy debate dragged on, frustration and exhaustion among the protesters became apparent. "It was much more unified yesterday," said Gary Luisa, a 21-year-old Long Island man. "People woke up today tired and cold. We need to be more organized."

Even as they continue to debate strategy, the remaining protesters say they're not giving up and will remain in lower Manhattan for the foreseeable future.

Here's video of the demonstrators on Wall Street this morning:

Organizers are also maintaining a livestream of protest activities:

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Spamfree
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"People have the Power" ~ Patti Smith ........................................................ and Lots of Cheap Bullets

Pat Spahr
Pat Spahr

WHO is this woman doing so much of the talking? With the short two-tone hair? Serious demeanor, articulate, BRILLIANT! YOU are a fantastic communicator! The world needs to know your personal story too.

INSIDExJOB
INSIDExJOB

How much time did Nick Pinto spend researching this "article"? Was he EVEN THERE AT ALL? Sorry, but we'll need some proof of that before believeing more MSM PROPAGANDA. WAKE UP, VILLAGE VOICE!!!

#Handmade #Soaps
#Handmade #Soaps

So this pledge and the larger campaign to reduce corporate influence have an immense amount of support

SPOOKY
SPOOKY

This will never get off the ground until the protesters come up with a simple and specific list of demands. perioduntil then its just a side show

Mason
Mason

Spooky, I agree. The mob in NYC needs organisation & leadership; perhaps america does too.  When the cool sceene in NYC no longer looks like a drug-free Grateful Dead show; the frustrations, of being ineffectual micro-managers of our wall street, will begin. It is at this moment, as a New Yorker, I would advise the Media to begin wearing a bullet-proof vest.  The Global Human Voice will be Heard ...peacefully, or otherwise!

Music
Music

Kool Photos. No Police State. 

Kvancio
Kvancio

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