Union Square Undergoing Massive Barricading By NYPD In Advance of OWS Rally

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Robert Sietsema
Union Square South with a double barricade
As we just shared on our live blog of today's OWS May Day events, Voice writer Robert Sietsema has confirmed that while much of the OWS activity is happening in Bryant Park, Union Square is undergoing a massive barricading effort by the NYPD.

Robert wrote to us that: "I don't think I've ever seen so many barricades in 1 place. The barricades are doubled along 14th street and union square and are being set up all the way to sixth avenue, not only 1 set but concentric circles of barricades focusing on the stage that's been setup right across from whole foods. Pedestrians coming out of the subway bewildered by the maze." On the phone, we asked him if it looked like the barricade plan was to keep people out of the park entirely, or for crowd control for the music rally. "Both," he said. "I've never seen the double barricades before. They can put a cordone of police officers between fences," he said, adding that the barricades "prevent the freedom of assembly and divide people up into little units. They're keeping Union Square cordoned off, and they can limit the number of people in Union Square, or keep them out altogether if they want."

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Robert Sietsema
Union Square North

Robert added that "The barricades, many of them double extend on 15th, 16th and 17th street for a block in each direction and parts Union Square are completely blocked off" and can't be entered.

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Robert Sietsema
Barricades extend to 5th Ave and 16th St

Follow all the day's events on the Voice live-blog here.


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JeffreyJSmith
JeffreyJSmith

OWS is a very broad coalition of concern groups and individuals. OWS contains Ron Paul supporters, those advocating a return to a Gold standard, did any of you "observers" knowthat the American Free Press in Washington supports OWS? (really just go to their web site)The media often locks onto the few unreasonable types who are self attracted to any round of demonstrations. They are simply not the real OWS. The establishment media hates OWS precisely it has broken out of the left-right control mechanism. It refuses to play by the old control mechanism rules. OWS openly identifies key figures in the six major banks-much ofwhich are in reality foreign owned. OWS is ALSO starting to go after the upper east side NGO'swhich actually MAKE policy and send it on to Washington for the classic rubber stamp.The press think thing are over?...just wait, the real "fun" has just started...see what "austerity" "measures" the big Banks have put in force in Europe...that could arrive at any time here as long as the present establishment is still in force.

Efrain G
Efrain G

You accuse people of greed, and you want what is not yours. You accuse people of being evil, and you say eat the rich and kill them. OH You Hypocrites

Efrain G
Efrain G

I can not believe so many Americans can follow a lie. If you have not earned it, it is not yours. Repent, get a job and get your own. OWS are Communist Killers. Go find a nice Communist country, and see how well they treat you. I pray for all off you.

fbxl5
fbxl5

The barricades are a physical manifestation of Mayor Bloomberg's pledge to respect peoples constitution rights to free speech and assembly. Really, how can you have freedom of assembly without barricades? It's just like trying to have freedom of speech without arresting reporters. P.S. nice touch kicking in doors with a six year old open container warrant. If there that desperate for arrests why don't they go to wall street and visit the bankers?

Michael Closter
Michael Closter

15 part-time baristas with their i-pods does not a revolution make

half the guys in this "march" would give their left testicle for a college do-over so they could major in accounting and get a job with some future

peony
peony

 U R a soulless human.

Jerry4t5
Jerry4t5

I hope the police split some non-working heads tonight!

123balls
123balls

I hope you and your entire family get beat to death by a police officer for no reason. I have 2 jobs by the way. Cunt.

Sgt_HulkasToe
Sgt_HulkasToe

They use double barricades along 5th Ave for some parades.  I've personally put them there, so I can verify that. 

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