In the middle of a day recognized nationally as a day of action, increased numbers of protestors and supporters moved down to Liberty Park to show unity with the yet growing political movement. After earlier being restrained from moving down Wall Street buy police barricades, the 99% returned to the site of their original stronghold, only to be corralled by more barricades, with several reports of NYPD using the barricades to push protestors back into the space. For a movement frequently quoted as inviting the police to join their ranks, this morning in Phiiladelphia, a retired police captain was arrested who had traveled to NYC to join in the action – which is a representational victory for the movement.
Large numbers of arrests being reported across the US, but parallel actions are currently running, as they did on October 15, in many countries across the globe. At Pine & Nassau, at approximately 8:15 am, protestors staged a sit in, as many members of the mainstream press – including NBC, CBS, and others, continued their live coverage of the event. Later, at approximately 12:00 pm a crowd from Zuccotti Park left the square to head down Broadway and attempt to go down Wall St. which was also blocked before arriving at the intersection by barricades and officers mounted on scooters. The procession turned back and returned to Zuccotti Park, without incident.
Still to be seen today are the occupations of the subways, and the collection of labor representatives that are supposed to join the protests at Foley Square at 5 pm, which in turn are supposed to leave the square, and head toward the Brooklyn Bridge. The last time a unified group which, according to many reports, grew to 5,000 people, marched on Brooklyn Bridge, it completely blocked the outbound traffic side of the bridge and actually launched the movement’s actions into a dedicated spot in mainstream media coverage. Given the fact that organized labor, the movement itself, and other supporters that would be exiting the workplace at approximately 5 pm, there is a potential for a much larger crowd than 5,000 to amass and make itself known.
As protests and support grows, an outlying question must be asked, especially in the wake of the November 14th raid on Zuccotti Park, as well as the parallel actions repeated in more than a dozen cities nationwide that seem to have been planned in collusion between those cities’ mayors. Jean Quan was quoted earlier in the week as saying “I was on a conference call with a group of 16 mayors to discuss our planned action about these protests.” If, in fact, more than a dozen mayors pre-planned a collective strike in an attempt to effectively shut down protests that are in the tradition of American history, and protected by the Constitution, more investigation must be made into whether this consitutes an abuse of office, and what – if anything – that might mean in terms of charges for those officials.
Livestreams of the action can be seen at theother99 and theother99channel2 and GlobalRevolution.