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Moynihan reports: "It was the third day of anticorporate protests that were promoted by a range of groups including AdbustersMedia Foundation, an advocacy group based in Canada, as well as a New York City group that called itself the General Assembly. Participants said that the demonstrations were meant to criticize a financial system that unfairly benefits corporations and the rich and undermines democracy."

Police form a wall of blue around the New York Stock Exchange as demonstrators march around Wall Street, 09/18/11. (photo: Bryan Smith/NY Daily News)
Police form a wall of blue around the New York Stock Exchange as demonstrators march around Wall Street, 09/18/11. (photo: Bryan Smith/NY Daily News)



Wall Street Protests Continue, At Least 6 Arrested

By Colin Moynihan, The New York Times

19 September 11

 

Broadcast news outlets continue a virtual blackout on the third day of protests. Check RSN's 'Live Coverage: Occupy Wall Street' page for news and video beyond the blackout. -- JPS/RSN

 

n a continuation of the demonstrations that began on Saturday, nearly 200 protesters marched along Wall Street and other parts of the financial district Monday morning, brandishing American flags and signs denouncing the economic system. At least six of them were arrested.

Office workers heading to their desks passed the protesters on the sidewalks with little incident. At times, the two groups squeezed shoulder to shoulder through narrow passages formed by metal police barricades.

The first three arrests came on Pine Street, when a police lieutenant ordered that two men wearing ski masks be taken into custody. Officers then arrested a woman wearing a plastic mask on the back of her head.

The next arrest came a few minutes later on when a deputy inspector standing on Wall Street ordered a man wearing an orange hat to keep moving. The man, who had turned around in a crowded sidewalk just west of Broad Street, spoke to the inspector for a moment, then lifted his hands and said that he was having difficulty moving.

At that, the inspector reached over a curbside barricade, grabbed the man and tried to haul him from the sidewalk onto the street. As the man backed away, the inspector lunged forward, holding onto the man and toppling the metal barricade. The inspector fell to the sidewalk and a moment later the man in the orange hat was also on the ground, being handcuffed.

The police confirmed that three men and a woman were arrested under provisions that make it illegal for two or more individuals to wear masks, and that another man was arrested on charges of jumping a police barrier and resisting arrest. (A reporter and a photographer for The Times who witnessed the episode between the man in the orange hat and the police did not see him attempting to jump a barrier.)

Another woman was arrested around 11:45 a.m. as she was writing in chalk on the sidewalk on Broadway near Zuccotti Park. "They just came up and grabbed her," said Jessica Davis, 19, who identified the arrested woman as Andrea Osborne. The police confirmed a sixth arrest, of a woman.

On Saturday, two people were arrested as they tried to enter the building housing the Bank of America while wearing masks, said Paul J. Browne, the chief police spokesman. Those arrested came from several states, including Massachusetts, Michigan, Virginia, New Jersey and Washington State, Mr. Browne said. One person arrested was from Manhattan.

It was the third day of anticorporate protests that were promoted by a range of groups including AdbustersMedia Foundation, an advocacy group based in Canada, as well as a New York City group that called itself the General Assembly. Participants said that the demonstrations were meant to criticize a financial system that unfairly benefits corporations and the rich and undermines democracy.

Organizers said that the protests were inspired by demonstrations in Egypt and Spain and could continue for weeks or even months.

For two nights, protesters have used Zuccotti Park, near Broadway and Maiden Lane, as a staging ground. Hundreds of people gathered there for mass meetings to discuss and plan their actions. They used granite benches inside the park as pantry shelves, piling jars of peanut butter, and bags of apples there along with jumbo-size cardboard containers of coffee.

For two nights, the park was turned into a campsite. Protesters slept wrapped in blankets and sleeping bags, partly insulated from the chilly ground by pieces of cardboard scavenged from nearby stores.

On Monday morning dozens of those scraps of cardboard doubled as signs, duct-taped to part of the park facing Liberty Street and emblazoned with handwritten messages including "Kill the Zombie Banks," "I came here because I am scared for my country," and "End corporate welfare."

Just after 8 a.m. Monday, protesters emerged from the park and began a winding march through the streets of Lower Manhattan, accompanied by police officers equipped with plastic handcuffs and video cameras that they used to record the march.

At times, the marchers congregated at intersections, blowing horns, beating drums and dancing. At one point, near the New York Stock Exchange, a police lieutenant announced through a megaphone that members of the crowd would be arrested for disorderly conduct if they remained there. The crowd then resumed marching, as they chanted "All day, all week, occupy Wall Street."

Among them was Alexander Holmes, 26, from Oakland, California.

"There's a major divide between the rich and the poor in this country," he said. "One in 10 people are unemployed and my vote is nullified by corporate lobbyists."

 

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+35 # JoanWile2 2011-09-19 12:03
ON A STREET NAMED WALL/PROTESTERS CAME/TO CALL FOR THE FALL/OF WHO WE BLAME/FOR THE LOSS OF JOBS/AND BENEFITS CUTS/GO IN MOBS/AND KICK THEIR BUTTS
IF WE DO THIS THING/WE MAY CREATE/AN ARAB SPRING/IN NEW YORK STATE/WE'LLHAVE THE REVOLT/WE NEED TO SEE/GIVE A JOLT/TO THE POWERS THAT BE
 
 
+46 # Immanuel 2011-09-19 12:18
If the American public could comprehend the crimes committed by the Wall Street Robber Barons recently and in the past, there would be millions of protestors with tar, feathers, pitchforks and hanging ropes. When will America wake up and realize that Wall Street is the "route" of all evil. Wall Street is the diverse American front for the Rothschild Banking Cartel headquartered in "The City" of London. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York is their goose that lays golden eggs. They create and own the credit of the world and have parlayed this money power into control over everything. By virtue of their stolen power to create credit and money with the stroke of a pen, they have captured and now control the big banks, the stock markets, the fortune 500/gigantic corporations, the mainstream media, our government and the
military/industrial complex. Their wealth comes from the ability to counterfeit and create loans to nations and their banks. They are the source and fountain of all credit which requires only a signature to create. Such private power could not exist in a true democracy.
 
 
+15 # John Locke 2011-09-19 14:08
lets not forget the 1934 attempt by J. P. Morgan to take over the US Government, in a coup...it also consisted of the wealthy families of the period they wanted to convert the US into a Fascist form of government, it looks like they succeded, it just took longer
 
 
+28 # artful 2011-09-19 12:27
Maybe some day we will have an American Spring.
 
 
+16 # abby in N.H. 2011-09-19 12:45
Ain't that the truth. Let's just hope that we can keep it up until there is some meaningful change. Let's also hope that our MSM let's "we the people" actually see some of this in their living rooms. We all do better when we all do better.
 
 
+30 # Meriam 2011-09-19 12:55
These demonstrators make me hopeful!
 
 
+46 # croc1 2011-09-19 13:17
Thank God, there are some among us with guts enough to stand up for right!
Keep it up! We are not serfs to the ignorant tea bagger's or wall street. Wall Street can't buy everyone!
Peter
 
 
+1 # John Locke 2011-09-19 14:11
they don't have to buy everyone just the AG's and federal government, they already own Obama
 
 
+15 # Phlippinout 2011-09-19 13:19
Lets take away the cop unions and see how they like it!
 
 
+33 # walt 2011-09-19 13:22
How sad that demonstrators have to face the radical laws we all had forced on us by the Bush days. The USA became a police state, plain and simple.
And how ironic that the police would arrest people for wearing masks while the real criminals were sitting in the offices on Wall Street.
 
 
+4 # John Locke 2011-09-19 14:12
yes but they don't wear masks...
 
 
+6 # KittatinyHawk 2011-09-19 15:07
You enter a bank wearing a mask and you should be arrested.
Police should remember that these same people who are marching are there to save jobs. Theirs and their Union.

But masks if it is a law not to wear, than do not. We do not wear masks as we have no fear of who we are. Man in Orange hunting cap is strange one, I hope he sues the inspector
 
 
+22 # Barkingcarpet 2011-09-19 13:35
we are living in a corporate dictatorship folks. Sanity, and policy which will contribute to long term health or survival is dismissed, in favor of profiteering folks with little in mind beyond their own persona profits and empires.

I am ashamed to be an American, and proud of it!

The only hope for humanity are rules and laws which function within the laws of nature, and take the future health and well being for all, into the equations, and put them at the top.

Enough waste, destruction, warring fear mongering profiteers.

It is time for a peaceful revolution and an end to the exploitation of people, nature, and all life, for the profit of few.
 
 
+26 # Underledge 2011-09-19 13:40
With "three men and a woman were arrested under provisions that make it illegal for two or more individuals to wear masks," NY police are going to have a great time on Halloween!
 
 
+12 # MainStreetMentor 2011-09-19 14:30
I maintain, (except for honest, people supported news outlets such as RSN), journalism within the United States no longer exists. There are no more Edward R. Murrow’s, there are no more Walter Cronkite’s there are no more Bob Woodward’s or Carl Bernstein’s … there are only so-called writers who prostrate themselves for the very, very tightly controlled corporate news buck. I pray there is at least one dedicated, young, hungry, aggressive, truth-seeking journalist that a news-media-prod ucer will “back”, and allow that journalist the chance to become the Edward R. Murrow of the ensuing five decades, where both that producer and journalist will enter into the annals of journalistic history. Our citizens need it … the World needs it … Truth needs it.
 
 
+6 # Capn Canard 2011-09-19 15:26
MainStreetMento r, dude, we haven't had an honest Media since the 1970's! and the 1980's was a circle jerk staring Ronny, followed by the soap opera 1990's with Newt dancing naked around his Contract on America, and then Bill and Monica were getting jiggy- now that is News American style!
 
 
+14 # Torvus 2011-09-19 14:39
Brave protestors. Police arresting someone with a mask on the BACK of their head? I'd call that over-reacting, but maybe that's the incendiary idea. Thing is, how long will it be before the security forces start tazering and shooting? Why don't they just allow people to protest as they have every right to do as much as praying in the streets. Well, that's an idea. Everyone get down on their knees in the road and stay there for as long as their prayers are not answered . . . ?
 
 
+11 # Josippie 2011-09-19 14:53
Not until the 9th paragraph did the NYT state what the demonstration was about. Instead, they devoted the first 8 paragraphs to arrests and such. This is journalism?
 
 
+12 # MainStreetMentor 2011-09-19 15:01
Mr. President, the American People beseech you: Say “NO”, to RepubTeacan proposals.

After taking your “NO” stance, stick with it. Compromise nothing further, for that’s already been done to the detriment of our people’s needs.

Rid yourself of Cabinet Members who have proven repeatedly they are not supportive of your party’s stance on issues and policies. In taking this step, you send a declaration to the world, and to our Congress: Your mission is resolute, and your methods are uncompromising. There are no “reasonable” entities on the other side of the opposition fence line, which negates meaningful compromise – leaving only “demands” on their side of that fence.

This is your defining moment, Mr. President. It is your stance here, now, today, that will mark your historical identity within either the genre of Lincoln or the shame of Nixon and Bush. What you do right now, and the tenacity and steadfastness you display from this moment on regarding the rebuilding of America will not come again.

This is it. Chain yourself to the stance your electorate has told you to take, and don’t ever “blink” again, until the cause has been won. We back you in this effort - Don’t fail us, nor our country.
 
 
+5 # urbanmeemaw 2011-09-19 15:14
I'm pleasantly surprised that the Times covered the story and cited the observations of the reporter and photographer at the scene of one of the arrests.
 
 
+11 # robchalfen 2011-09-19 15:54
end corporate entitlements!
 
 
-1 # propsguy 2011-09-20 06:48
i saw a little news flash about it last night in a cab
 
 
0 # tracks1 2011-09-20 09:15
I hate all of these unnecessary digressions. They try to curb my ability to watch all the really necessary TV programs, such as reality shows, sporting events, America Has Talent, Jerry Springer (...(the list goes on and on.) These malcontents should have more respect for my desire to immerse me in all of the foregoing TV programs of substance and quality.

(By the way; excuse me while I vomit.)
 
 
+3 # 1984 2011-09-20 09:41
Revising the old days. We now live in fuedal times, we are the serfs, the wall street is the king, the president and congress are the knights AND the taxes (i.e. interest rates, trickery imorality etc.) are always going up.
Only learned of protests from RSN and will pass on to my NYC friends.
 

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