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Chinese and Bartkewicz report: "Protesters and cops swarmed the Financial District Monday morning during events marking the one-year anniversary of the 'Occupy Wall Street' movement."

This photo from last November shows Occupiers and Supporters in Time Square. (photo: Donna Pallotta)
This photo from last November shows Occupiers and Supporters in Time Square. (photo: Donna Pallotta)


Financial District In Chaos On 'Occupy Wall Street' Anniversary

By Vera Chinese, Anthony Bartkewicz, New York Daily News

17 September 12

 

Dozens arrested as OWS celebrates 'S17' by trying to shut down the New York Stock Exchange.

rotesters and cops swarmed the Financial District Monday morning during events marking the one-year anniversary of the "Occupy Wall Street" movement.

Demonstrators had planned to shut down the District by lining the streets around the New York Stock Exchange and then sitting down en masse to create an occupied zone.

But "The People's Wall," as Occupiers called it, fizzled out and protesters took to marching through the streets, chanting slogans and singing "Happy Birthday" to their movement.

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Cops threatened to arrest anyone who stepped off the sidewalk, and busted dozens of people - including several reporters, according to witnesses.

A crowd of about 50 barged into the lobby of the JPMorgan Chase building and demanded to speak to bank officials. About eight of them were arrested.

"We're here protesting financial terrorism. The financial mafia," said Yates McKee, 32, as he was loaded into the back of a police van.

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The MTA terminated J train service at Fulton St. - one stop before it hits the Financial District - due to the protests, MTA spokesman Kevin ortiz said.

There was a heavy police presence in the area even before the protests were in full swing. Officers erected barricades and demanded ID cards from workers trying to get near the NYSE.

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Jami Montano, a homeless 21-year-old, questioned whether so many cops were really necessary.

"It's expensive," she said. "They're spending a lot of money and where is that money coming from?"

Montano said she was taking part in the anniversary actions - dubbed "S17" - "to represent myself because everyone who's trying to represent me is doing a poor job."

"I want people to start questioning the way their government and the way their system is run," she said. "I want them to question their daily lives."

Shiloh Coral, 22, is also homeless as of about two months ago, but the "Occupy" movement has been "the most supportive place."

"When people from the middle class are becoming lower class, and people from the lower class are becoming homeless, no one seems to be gaining anything but the absolute richest," she said.

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The anniversary events began Sunday night in Foley Square with a concert featuring Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello and the hip-hop group Das Racist.

There was also an "Occupy Rosh Hashanah" service at Zuccotti Park.


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+21 # giraffee2012 2012-09-17 10:43
Good for those who tried but we now live in a Democracy that does not allow ALL to use their 1st amendment rights. Oh yeah, corporations can say what they want but a homeless or poor cannot! Where are the police when the banks step all over people with hidden fees and LIES?

So are we really a Democracy?

Vote Obama/Dem ALL the WAY - Frankie
 
 
+19 # reiverpacific 2012-09-17 11:43
Well, there's no question about whose side the cops are on here!
They and the military death-machine have always been about protecting and furthering the power-structure owners, especially here. Would that they joined the people who are paying them, as they did in London recently; then the bastards "up above" wouldn't be so smug.
Good that there's so many more of us and good on Occupy for coming back in force. Amy Goodman covered this FROM THE GROUND on "Democracy Now" this morning -unlike the owner-media, safe in their corporate towers.
"I've been all round this country and seen all kinds of men.
Some will rob you with a six-gun and some with a fountain pen".
"And as through the world I've wandered and through this world I roamed,
I never saw an outlaw drive a farmer from his home" (Woody Guthrie).
"¡SI PASAREMOS!"
 
 
+8 # TrueAmericanPatriot 2012-09-17 14:07
It would not surprise me if those 'disruptive protesters' may have be planted amongst the peaceful protesters. Last year, I recall several times they tried to incite the protesters by attacking female demonstrators with pepper-spray; while PEACEFULLY protesting. She was spray by a cowardly "white-shirted" officer, who proceeded to run from the scene of his assault. I have talked to Occupy Protesters here locally; they do NOT condone behavior that agitates the police. They encourage all participants to comply with the law and to behave responsibly. When the criminals types who run Wall Street are truly brought to justice and locked away in prison for at least two decades, maybe we won't need OWS Protesters; when the right thing is done. Until then OWS, you have my backing.
 
 
+7 # suzyskier 2012-09-17 15:45
Haven't seen much about OWS on corporate tv. Only place to go seems to be MSNBC. I sure hope they keep it in the news. Thanks OWS protesters you are doing the absolute right thing. This corporate govenment has gone on much too long. Get those Tea baggers out of office. before this country turns into Nazi America.
 
 
0 # DPM 2012-09-20 20:28
Please turn out at your local OWS rally. We need those 99%ers that believe in us to help us!
 

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