Occupy in Reruns
In, Occupy Wall Street One-Year Anniversary Begins With 25 Arrests the Village Voice notes that Occupy is trying to reclaim last year’s momentum, but that Bloomberg and the NYPD aren’t ceding any ground to the 99%:
Yesterday, the activists who were back in town early convened in Washington Square Park – the public space in the West Village that became the outpost once Zuccotti had fallen. The Daily News estimated that 200 or so members of the movement showed up underneath the famous Arch and set up shop.
Per usual, the cops surrounded the protesters in the park but kept their distance on the perimeter. Everything was at peace, since it is an area meant for public assembly, until the protestors spilled out onto Broadway and attempted to march back to Zuccotti. Tensions immediately rose when reports stated that the protestors began to yell out, “Fuck the police!” – that’ll usually be a dealbreaker with the authorities. Soon after, about 25 people were cuffed and brought to a nearby station.
Will there be another American Fall? The “strength” of Occupy last year was that young, middle class people showed up, thinking they could be heard and make a difference. Although the economic situation is still just as dire for many, it remains to be seen whether Occupy is actually open to all viewpoints, or simply controlled by a core group.