Wall Street Occupation
This channel will feature live streams from global non violent revolution spreading across the globe, with the first broadcasts from Wall Street Occupation in NYC that will start on Saturday, September 17, 2011. The channel will also feature live stream from solidarity protests and events in Spain, Greece, France, Belgium, Iceland and other places around the globe.
Posted September 17, 2011
By COLIN MOYNIHAN
September 17, 2011 -- "NYTimes Blog" -- Protestors gathered in Lower Manhattan for what they called a Day of Action Against Global Capital.Robert Stolarik for The New York TimesProtestors gathered in lower Manhattan for what they called a Day of Action Against Global Capital.
For months the protesters had planned to descend on Wall Street on a Saturday and occupy parts of it as an expression of anger over a financial system that they said favors the rich and powerful at the expense of ordinary citizens.,
As it turned out, the demonstrators found much of their target off limits on Saturday as the city shut down sections of Wall Street near the New York Stock Exchange and Federal Hall well before their arrival.
By 10:00 a.m., metal barricades manned by uniformed police officers ringed the blocks of Wall Street between Broadway and William Street to the east.
Organizers, promoters and supporters called the day, which had been widely touted on Twitter and other social media sites, simply September 17. Some referred to it as the United States Day of Rage, an apparent reference to a series of disruptive protests against the Vietnam War held in Chicago in 1969.
The idea, according to some organizers, was to camp out on or near Wall Street for weeks or even months to replicate the kind, if not the scale, of protests that erupted earlier this year in places as varied as Egypt, Spain and Israel.
Bill Steyert, 68, who lives in Forest Hills, Queens, stood near the barricades at Wall Street and Broadway and shouted, “Shut down Wall Street, twelve noon, you’re all invited,” as tourists gazed quizzically at him.
Talking to a reporter, Mr. Steyert elaborated: “You need a scorecard to keep track of all the things that corporations have done that are bad for this country.”
Nearby, Micah Chamberlain, a 23-year-old line cook from Columbus, Ohio, held up a sign reading “End the Oligarchy” and said he had hitchhiked to New York to participate in the protest.
“There are millions of people in this county without jobs,” he said.
“And 1 percent of the people have 99 percent of the money.”
Throughout the afternoon hundreds of demonstrators gathered in parks and plazas in Lower Manhattan. They milled, held teach-ins, engaged in discussion and debate and in some instances embarked on marches through the streets and sidewalks, brandishing signs with messages like “Democracy Not Corporatization” or “Revoke Corporate Personhood.”
Organizers said the rally was meant to be diverse, and not all of the participants were on the left. Followers of the right-wing figure Lyndon LaRouche formed a choir near Bowling Green and sang “The Star Spangled Banner” and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Nearby, anarchists holding a red and black flag carried knapsacks, sleeping bags and tents.
At one point in the early afternoon, dozens of protesters marched in a circle around the famous bronze sculpture of a bull on lower Broadway. Among them was Dave Woessner, 31, a student at the Harvard Divinity School, who had traveled to New York with several fellow students.
“When you idealize financial markets as salvific you embrace the idea that profit is all that matters,” he said. “You start thinking only as yourself.”
A few minutes later about 15 people briefly sat down on a sidewalk on Broadway, leaning against a metal barricade that blocked access to Wall Street. For a moment things grew tense as officers converged and a police chief shoved a newspaper photographer from behind.
After a police lieutenant used a megaphone to tell those sitting on the sidewalk that they were subject to arrest the protesters got up and marched south.
Paul J. Browne, the Police Department’s chief spokesman, said no permits had been sought for the demonstration but plans for it “were well known publicly.