A Modest Call to Action
September 20, 2011 5:17 PM Subscribe
Occupy Wall Street
posted by stagewhisper (251 comments total)
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is an event comprised of anti-corporate non-violent protests that are being promoted by a range of groups including the AdbustersMedia Foundation and a New York City group called General Assembly. Months ago a plea was put out
to diverse political and activist groups urging them to descend on Wall Street on September 17th and take part in long-term occupation of the area in the spirit of the Arab Spring
On the first day of the demonstrations protesters arrived to find sections of Wall Street near the New York Stock Exchange and Federal Hall blocked and shut down
by the city in anticipation of their convergence on the area. Turnout numbers so far have been less than ideal, but there's some evidence that media companies like Yahoo have been systematically blocking communications
related to promoting and organizing the event.
Most mainstream media coverage has been light, although Democracy Now covered the event yesterday
( bonus: interview with metafilter's own David Graeber
at around 22:15)
According to The New York Times, six people were arrested yesterday
, some of whom were charged with questionable offenses:
"Another man was arrested, and the police initially said he was charged with jumping a police barrier and resisting arrest. But a reporter and a photographer for The Times who witnessed and documented the episode between the man in the orange hat and the police did not see him attempting to jump a barrier. Late in the afternoon, the police said the man was charged with committing disorderly conduct by impeding pedestrian traffic, not with jumping a barrier."
Today at least least five people have been arrested, and protesters are claming
the NYPD used excessive force in the latest arrests.
Participation numbers have been dwindling, but anonymous
is now promoting
the occupation as well re-broadcasting the live feed coverage from Live Stream
. However, that streaming coverage is spotty and some activists believe internet access is being shut down at the protest site.