Plans by protesters to turn Lower Manhattan into an “American Tahrir Square” just, well, didn’t quite seem to catch on like expected. The greasy hair, gotee, and scruffy drumbeaters just didn’t quite muster the ‘support’ they were hoping for.
NEW YORK — Hundreds of people marched near Wall Street in New York in a failed attempt to occupy the heart of global finance to protest greed, corruption and budget cuts.
Plans by protesters to turn Lower Manhattan into an “American Tahrir Square” were thwarted when police on Saturday blocked all the streets near the New York Stock Exchange and Federal Hall in Lower Manhattan.
The demonstrators had planned to stake out Wall Street until their anger over a financial system they say favors the rich and powerful was heard. “The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99 Percent that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the one percent,” said a statement on the website Occupy Wall Street.
By noon, about 700 people, many carrying backpacks and sleeping bags, had gathered near Wall Street to search for a place to camp amid a heavy police presence. That was far less than the 20,000 people that the online magazine Adbusters, which launched the movement in July, had hoped to see “flood” the neighborhood for a months-long occupation.
The protesters who did arrive were full of zeal and righteous indignation.
“This is a protest against corporate greed and we come to Wall Street because Wall Street is the Ground Zero for corporate greed,” said Julia River Hitt, a 22-year-old philosophy student.
“We are here just to say we are fed up, we are not gonna take it anymore.”
The protesters gathered in Trinity Place, some some 1,000 feet (300 meters) from Wall Street, which they hope to turn into the US version of the famous square in Cairo that became the focal point of protests that led to the ouster of Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak in February.
“No more corruption,” read one sign a demonstrator brandished. “Wall St Greed, New Yorkers Say Enough,” read another. “I will sleep here. A lot of us we will sleep here,” said Steven Taylor, 24 a protester who arrived equipped with a backpack and a sleeping bag.
Youths shared food and discussed the economic crisis in groups of 15 and 20. Others marched around the square. No-one really paying much attention. (read more)
This looks like the same crowd I saw last weekend exiting a Starbucks after the free Wi-fi quit working ....
Summation of the Day: I love the guy in full NY Yankee regalia marching against capitalism. What a big dummy. Can you find an example more capitalistic than baseball?
I also love the sign that says capitalism doesn’t work. I can guarantee HE doesn’t work. I’d love to put together a documentary where I interview the families of these miscreants. It would be a montage of family member after family member talking about how this one owes them money, and that one is a continual problem, and this one goes from one house to the next flopping on their couch, and this one smokes pot all day and hasn’t gotten serious about life or responsibilities. I highly doubt that any profile would include –
“Seth? Seth is the rock solid pillar of our family. He is the decision maker and the one that you can count on for financial advice and to help a person out in need. He is a mentor to all the children. He is a volunteer fireman, a captain in the ROTC and you can always count on him to plow out your driveway in the winter. You don’t even have to call him. It will be 3am and you’ll hear him out there and it gives you a safe, warm feeling.”
Marxist/Socialists would destroy their capitalist host and move into its carcass and declare the gloriousness of what socialism built, they are that stupid.