Image Source: The New York Times

BY ALYSSA CARTEE



Occupy Wall Street protesters celebrated the six month anniversary of the movement by going back to the park where it all started.  Hundreds of protesters streamed into Zuccotti Park hoping to revive the movement that critics say has weakened since the park was cleared in November.

WNBC reports the events that followed.

“But at midnight, police went in, they cleared the area. Hundreds of demonstrators poured out of the park and then they marched down Broadway. As the crowd spilled onto the street, then officers moved in and dozens were led away in handcuffs.”

The New York Times kept a live blog of the events throughout the day, which included reports of police violence against protesters.

One report from that stream said a young woman appeared to be suffering seizures and fell on the ground wearing handcuffs.  Bystanders shouted to police to remove the cuffs and provide medical attention.  The reporter said it took several minutes and more agonized demands until the ambulance arrived to help the woman.

While these reports might seem bad for the police, conservative blog The American Thinker says they were just doing their jobs.

“If people ignore the police and don't follow the instructions of officers, just what is it they expect the police to do? The cops have a job to perform, there was nothing ambiguous about their commands, and yet the [protesters], seeking confrontation, refused to follow the orders of the lawful authorities.”

Fox News reports this demonstration is just the first in a fresh wave of the movement.

“Going forward, they tell us the group does plan to march on Wall Street every Friday and there is some speculation Eric that once it starts getting a little warmer we’re going to be seeing more from them.”

So what has made Occupy stick? A professor for Columbia University related the current economic situation to an earlier crisis. He said technology has made the difference between that reaction and the Occupy movement.

“We moved on because there wasn’t the kind of technology we have now were there can be something like Occupy Wall Street were there’s an anger that is stoked and kept going by something people can see on their screens all the time.”

There is no official count on exactly how many protesters were arrested.  

 

Occupy Wall Street Anniversary Ends In Arrests

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Mar 18, 2012

Occupy Wall Street Anniversary Ends In Arrests

Image Source: The New York Times

BY ALYSSA CARTEE



Occupy Wall Street protesters celebrated the six month anniversary of the movement by going back to the park where it all started.  Hundreds of protesters streamed into Zuccotti Park hoping to revive the movement that critics say has weakened since the park was cleared in November.

WNBC reports the events that followed.

“But at midnight, police went in, they cleared the area. Hundreds of demonstrators poured out of the park and then they marched down Broadway. As the crowd spilled onto the street, then officers moved in and dozens were led away in handcuffs.”

The New York Times kept a live blog of the events throughout the day, which included reports of police violence against protesters.

One report from that stream said a young woman appeared to be suffering seizures and fell on the ground wearing handcuffs.  Bystanders shouted to police to remove the cuffs and provide medical attention.  The reporter said it took several minutes and more agonized demands until the ambulance arrived to help the woman.

While these reports might seem bad for the police, conservative blog The American Thinker says they were just doing their jobs.

“If people ignore the police and don't follow the instructions of officers, just what is it they expect the police to do? The cops have a job to perform, there was nothing ambiguous about their commands, and yet the [protesters], seeking confrontation, refused to follow the orders of the lawful authorities.”

Fox News reports this demonstration is just the first in a fresh wave of the movement.

“Going forward, they tell us the group does plan to march on Wall Street every Friday and there is some speculation Eric that once it starts getting a little warmer we’re going to be seeing more from them.”

So what has made Occupy stick? A professor for Columbia University related the current economic situation to an earlier crisis. He said technology has made the difference between that reaction and the Occupy movement.

“We moved on because there wasn’t the kind of technology we have now were there can be something like Occupy Wall Street were there’s an anger that is stoked and kept going by something people can see on their screens all the time.”

There is no official count on exactly how many protesters were arrested.  

 

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