Occupy Wall Street Threw a Fairly Unsurprising Birthday Party
We met at the red cube across the street from Zuccotti Park at 7 AM, hoping to watch the occupiers retake Wall Street. By this point, the cops had barricaded every possible way into the Stock Exchange. As the march took off, protesters attempted to take the surrounding streets. Within minutes, the march broke out into mass arrests, so, the usual. The occupiers then regrouped at Bowling Green and hung out in front of the National Museum of the American Indian. Eventually, they strolled over to the Battery Park lawn. A few general assemblies later, occupiers broke out into small undercover civilian groups and headed over to the World Financial Center. They kept their calm and everything went smoothly until they reached Goldman Sachs, where a few people with linked arms and were quickly arrested.
For the rest of the afternoon, they hung out in Zuccotti, going on an occasional march around Wall Street. All in all, it was a pretty mellow day; there were only 185 arrests. The night ended with a police officer assaulting NYC council member Jumaane D. Williams.
Words and video by Taji Ameen.
Photos by Jade Katz and Angel Garcia.
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