Occupy Wall Street One-Year Anniversary Begins With 25 Arrests

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Tomorrow, it will be one whole year since a group of anti-corporatist raiders met for the first time in Zuccotti Park and deemed themselves Occupy Wall Street. Since then, the national explosion of 99-versus-1 Percent politics has had its ups and downs - in New York, Bloomberg's army of police officers shut down the Park in a late night raid but the movement has sprung legs in numerous other cities. 

As the movement began to lose the country's attention, which was slowly shifting towards the election, the original protestors have all but given up, preparing today and tomorrow for the historic one-year anniversary march back down into the heart of the Financial District. And, already, there have been a few arrests in the name of celebratory protest.

Yesterday, the activists who were back in town early convened in Washington Square Park - the  public space in the West Village that became the outpost once Zuccotti had fallen. The Daily News estimated that 200 or so members of the movement showed up underneath the famous Arch and set up shop.

Per usual, the cops surrounded the protesters in the park but kept their distance on the perimeter. Everything was at peace, since it is an area meant for public assembly, until the protestors spilled out onto Broadway and attempted to march back to Zuccotti. Tensions immediately rose when reports stated that the protestors began to yell out, "Fuck the police!" - that'll usually be a dealbreaker with the authorities. Soon after, about 25 people were cuffed and brought to a nearby station.

More than two dozen arrests on the first day of the Anniversary weekend is a bad omen for what will happen today or tomorrow. As we all know, Bloomberg and Ray Kelly do not hesitate for a minute when it comes to 99 Percent protests; and neither do the cops on the ground. However, on May Day, which became known as a semi-successful, semi-failed major Occupy protest, only 30 people were arrested out of the thousands that showed up. In terms of statistics for other Occupy protests, that could be considered somewhat peaceful.

As we have seen with Zuccotti and the attempts at blocking the New York Stock Exchange, the NYPD is hyper-sensitive with protection Downtown. So we'll what Occupy Wall Street has in store for New York City in the morning.

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JohnnyDeep
JohnnyDeep

Yes, document me on my way to try to pay my bills on your slave labor iPhone. Hardcore.

ruxpinteddy
ruxpinteddy

Occupy stands for ending the era of the "trickle-downders" and those who won't tax over $250,000.  Why is anything made over 250,000 free money? We can fix this deficit if the super-rich only pay for every dollar they make, just like you and me.

anonygooose
anonygooose

@spiral_one Corporations and special interest is taking education. Do your research Gulen Charter School chain

beebo
beebo

My new Occupy Wall Street commemorative plate celebrates the movement that changed the world in a format that looks stunning in your china cabinet. You don't want to ever forget the moment the movement said, 'I am one," like a motherfucking Smashing Pumpkins tune dude. Order the plate. 

TheResident
TheResident

What are you protesting, cops or bankers and politicians? @jeffrae: #OWS One-Year Anniversary Begins With 25 Arrests http://t.co/ULZvY3UZ

start_loving
start_loving

I mob, therefore I am?  Is the Occupy generation nothing but a cowardly mob?  Have they lost all ability to think and act independently? All evidence suggest this.

jeffrae
jeffrae

Seems like they are all in the same bed to me #OWS RT @theresident: What are you protesting, cops or bankers and politicians?

TheResident
TheResident

Fair, but I guarantee they are not rich and are getting fucked by the same system. @jeffrae: Seems like they are all in the same bed.

MaxGraham
MaxGraham

@jeffrae @TheResident All intertwined i would say.

TheResident
TheResident

Agreed. It's not an easy fight. One year old tho! Keep the faith and let's stay on message. Get money out of politics. Period. @jeffrae #ows

jeffrae
jeffrae

@TheResident agree, but after a year of being beaten and jailed it's tough sometimes #ows

blade376
blade376

@justice4all311 @theresident @maxgraham @jeffrae No I'm protesting against the cookie monster! It was a joke - yes: the problem is systemic.

justice4all311
justice4all311

@blade376 @TheResident @MaxGraham @jeffrae you're protesting the rich? it's not the rich that control things. it's the 000.1% puppet masters

MaxGraham
MaxGraham

@blade376 bad link from my phone.

TheResident
TheResident

@MaxGraham @jeffrae definitely partly guilty, no doubt. But we have bigger fish to fry, and bigger messages for the world's ear. #OWS #S17

MaxGraham
MaxGraham

@theresident @jeffrae Yes absolutely, they are def just the army of the other two (who are in total collusion) but still partly guilty.

TheResident
TheResident

I'd say bankers and politicians were using cops as pawns. Diversionary tactic. Confusing the message. Burying the lede. @MaxGraham @jeffrae

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