Wednesday, October 12, 2011

What I Saw Saturday, October 8, 2011 - Occupy Wall Street

Wall Street Occupation

As I did almost two weeks earlier, 
I traveled to New York City to observe and 
participate in the Occupy Wall Street protests.
This event is history in the making, and I felt compelled
to be there to support the cause.

At 48th and Broadway, hundreds of skateboarders
whizzed by continually and stopped traffic 
in one of the most unusual displays of
civil disobedience I have seen.
They were speeding down Broadway to 
Zuccotti Park, the base for the protests.
Cabbies blew their horns and other drivers
shouted, but the skaters didn't stop for anything, 
not even red lights.
Unfortunately, these pics don't convey the speed
at which they were traveling.
(I almost got bowled over getting some
of these shots.)

At the park, the protest was in full swing,
with multitudes more than last time I was there.

Of course, the police were there, too.

As before, it was a diverse crowd, not just 
a bunch of hippies as some on the right 
would have you believe.

Which is not to say no hippies were 
in attendance.  This vendor was handing 
out free copies of the Occupied Wall Street 

A lot of people were wearing the Anonymous 
masks from V for Vendetta by Alan Moore.
The red crosses designate a medic.

The energy and passion were undeniable - 
and contagious.

Vietnam Vets attended.

Some donned costumes to make their point.

In the early afternoon, people gathered 
for the two-mile march through the 
streets of Manhattan to Washington Square Park.

And the march commenced.

Along the way, this little guy 
made his point.

The cops looked wary and concerned.

The motorcycle cops revved up their bikes.

At some point previously, a graffiti artist let 
them know he'd been there.

En route, sightseers on tour buses showed 
their support for the marchers. 

This commander signaled for his troops 
to follow the protestors.

Some marchers hung to the side of the  
procession to talk to spectators.

The police kept following in disproportionate

One officer appeared to be auditioning 
for a Broadway musical.

Curious folks watched from on high.

This guy, who was with the police, dropped 
his papers and scrambled to pick them up.

Finally, the marchers arrived at their 
destination, as others scrutinized their 

Anonymous was there, too.

And so was a giant effigy of Lady Liberty 
(complete with moving arms), which was not burned.

At the gathering, attendees listened to speeches 
and statements of purpose 
or simply relaxed after the march.

(More to follow)


Anonymous said...

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.”
- Thomas Paine

Cole said...

Agreed. Reminds me of the quote: "The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."

Anonymous said...

Well done...the photography is nothing short of excellent.

Anonymous said...

thanks for the awesome coverage

Cole said...

Thanks for all the "thumbs up." It's been a labor of love.

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