#S17: Occupy Wall Street plans to surround NYSE to mark anniversary
Occupy Wall Street marks its first anniversary on Monday and, in a bid to rejuvenate a movement that has sparked a national conversation about economic inequality, activists plan once again to descend on New York’s financial district.
The group, which popularized the phrase “We are the 99 percent,” will attempt to surround the New York Stock Exchange and disrupt morning rush hour in the financial district, according to a movement spokeswoman.
Monday’s protests will cap a weekend of Occupy Wall Street seminars, music and demonstrations in New York, said Linnea Paton, 24, an OWS spokeswoman. Demonstrations are also planned in other U.S. cities, other OWS organizers said.
At 7 a.m. Monday, some protesters will try to surround the NYSE, while others will engage in a loosely choreographed series of “sit-ins” at intersections throughout the financial district, according to OWS’s website.
The tactics are designed to undermine New York police efforts to contain protesters on the narrow, winding streets of the financial district.
Sound permits for Sunday’s events have been secured, Paton said, but OWS has not sought permits for Monday’s protests – which last fall led to mass arrests and clashes between police and protesters. Occupy Wall Street maintains about $50,000 in its bail fund, several organizers said. topequitynews.com
FACTS & FIGURES
New York police have made a total of 1,852 Occupy arrests as of September 12, 2012, according to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance’s office, including the arrest of 700 protesters who spilled into the roadway while marching across the Brooklyn Bridge last October. indiatimes.com
On Friday, Twitter was ordered by a New York judge to turn over the tweets of one of the protesters arrested on the bridge. That case has emerged as a closely watched court fight over law enforcement access to users’ social media content. moneycontrol.com
“Media love to say that Occupy is dead, but the only thing that’s really dead is that original encampment model,” says Kalle Lasn, the editor-in-chief of Canadian magazine Adbusters. His activist publication hatched the idea for Occupy Wall Street and put out a call for participants back in July 2011.
The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) demonstrators have been protesting against an unequal distribution of wealth in the United States, wherein one percent of the American population benefits from the capitalism system, while the other ninety-nine percent is exploited. Dowser
OWS Protesters accuse the U.S. authorities of ignoring their needs while serving the interests of the country’s one percent. CBC