Occupy Wall Street: The 18th


The New York Times:

200 Are Arrested as Protesters Clash With the Police

At a Midtown gathering of business leaders on Thursday, Mr. Bloomberg said that the protests were a dire sign of the public’s economic fears.

“The public is getting scared,” he said. “They don’t know what to do, and they’re going to strike out.” He added, “They just know the system isn’t working, and they don’t want to wait around.”

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Clashes and More Than 240 Arrests Mark Protest’s ‘Day of Action’

“They claim they’re the 99 percent, but I’m the 51 percent that works three jobs,” she said. “I didn’t move to this town to protest.” At the same time, she said of the protest, “It’s beautiful. It’s freedom.”

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Even in Churches, Wall Street Protesters Can’t Escape Watch of Police

Several dozen Occupy Wall Street demonstrators were sleeping on the cushioned pews of a United Methodist church on the Upper West Side on Thursday morning when one of them spotted a man in plainclothes wandering through the sanctuary, apparently counting heads.

Flustered, the demonstrator confronted the man, who after several moments identified himself as a plainclothes detective. The demonstrator called the pastor, who was sleeping next door. But by then, the detective had left, along with his partner, who had been asking questions at a homeless shelter in the church’s basement.

The New York Daily News:

Mayor Bloomberg declares victory against Occupy Wall Street as thousands swarm lower Manhattan in all-day rallies

They didn’t occupy Wall Street for long, shut down the Brooklyn Bridge, or win many new fans.

And by Thursday night, the thousands of protesters flooding lower Manhattan seemed to have worn out their welcome after tying the Financial District in knots.

Two days after losing their two-month-old encampment at Zuccotti Park, the day of demonstrations felt more like a final hurrah.

And:

“Today they proved that they’re able to piss off the 99% by stopping them from getting home,” said City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Queens). “In my opinion, this is their last gasp.

“With silly stunts like this, they’ve angered people they’re supposed to represent.”

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

With expulsion from Zuccotti Park and numbers dwindling, Occupy Wall Street movement looks old

With their expulsion from Zuccotti Park and their numbers dwindling, the future of Occupy Wall Street seemed uneasy at best just two months after its birth.

Protester Brandon Watts, who was first to pitch a tent at Zuccotti Park, is now the bloody face of ‘Day of Action’

Brandon Watts, whose bloody face was pictured on the front page of Friday’s Daily News, was the first person to set up a residential tent inside the park, a fellow protester said.

“He’s been here since week one,” said the protester, who did not want to use his name. “He was one of the guys who started the whole tent thing.”

He said Watts, of Philadelphia, Pa., put together his tent a day after Jesse Jackson helped protect a medical tent from being dismantled on Oct. 17.

“A [police] captain told him to take it down,” the protester said. “[Watts] said, ‘No.’ He faced the cops down. After that, tents started popping up everywhere. That kid was a fighter.”

Occupy Wall Street protesters mark 2-month anniversary with Wall Street march: Demonstrators there since Day One reflect

Connecticut native Henry Dawson, who says he’s spent 64 days in Zuccotti Park, sees today’s protest crowd as “a more refined” and “more mature” version of the group that assembled in the early days, something they all seem to agree on.

“It was confusing and contentious because there were a lot of conflicting ideologies,” Carvalho said of the protest in the beginning. “We said can we please stop the infighting, and let’s gather round and galvanize around what we’re all about.”

Their message may still be fractured – Carvalho says they embody “this human struggle against oppression,” Hall talks about “saving the planet” and Dawson says the movement is against the way “government is structured” – but there is no denying the attention they’ve commanded and the impact they’ve had in sparking fellow Occupy protests around the country and the world.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Occupy Wall Street by the numbers: Arrests, temperatures and days since protest began

The NY Post:

Rally is really a tantrum by decry babies

With the self-congratulatory, self-martyring self-celebration of its two-month anniversary yesterday, Occupy Wall Street truly broke new ground by acting out a political-psychological condition that could be called “collective narcissism.”

This is a “movement,” if it deserves the name, that is now entirely dedicated to studying its own navel and feeling entirely sure that a great many other people are as fascinated with the pieces of lint it finds inside as its own adherents are.

Ex-cop boots OWS heckler from congressman’s swearing-in

Afterward, Turner blasted the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators and praised Hiltunen.

“Protesters are on the wrong track. Socialism has been tried again and again, and it doesn’t work,” said Turner. “He picked the wrong guy to pee off.”

Runaway mom dreadlocked up

The unemployed Long Island native and self-described “vegan freak” — who said she was into “unschooling” her children — had been a fixture at the protest camp since she abandoned her home in Deland and her kids, ages 7 to 17.

“I’m not planning on going home,’’ the wayward flower child had told The Post about two weeks after she joined the rabble at Zuccotti Park.

“I have no idea what the future holds, but I’m here indefinitely. Forever.”

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Additional:

If I can’t see an economic commodity, I’m not investing in it.

Did America become a powerful economy because of illegal financial activities that violated every constitutional right of the lower and middle classes just to get a couple of hogs fat and spoiled to the core? Of course not! America became a powerful economy because of its innovations in industry and agriculture that put people to manual work. Yes, there were some fat and spoiled hogs running the show during the American Industrial Revolution, but establishing antitrust laws removed the fear of monopolies and oligopolies for the smaller companies putting people to manual work.

Update: That LiveJournal has since been deleted. I don’t know why. I’ve crossed out the link but have left it active so others can see that deletion.

Previously in the Protest Category

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  1. Anonymous

    The last link on this page was deleted for some reason.

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