NYPD shut down OWS protest
(Reuters) - Police arrested dozens of Occupy Wall Street protesters on Saturday night during a protest marking the movement's six-month anniversary at its birthplace in New York's Zuccotti Park.
The sweep of the park by police just before midnight capped a day of demonstrations and marching in lower Manhattan. There was no official word on the number of arrests but dozens of people were handcuffed and led out of the park.
Earlier in the day, 15 people were arrested and three officers suffered injuries, police said.
Protesters reconvened at the park following afternoon marches through New York's financial district. By 11 p.m. roughly 300 had gathered there.
"This is our spring offensive," said Michael Premo, 30, of New York, who identified himself as a spokesman for the movement. "People think the Occupy movement has gone away. It's important for people to see we're back."
“In our first 6 months we changed the ... In the next 6 months we will change the world.”
Occupy Wall Street is back, baby.
OWS marked its six month anniversary on Saturday by stormingZuccotti Park, aka “Liberty Square," in downtown Manhattan. You’ll remember that the 33,000 square foot park was the epicenter of the 2011 OWS movement. Within hours the group had retaken the park, with protesters surging in after sporadic clashes with New York City police.
NYPD meanwhile raced to send in reinforcements and crowd control, immediately shipping inmetal barriers to surround and contain the park.
This is, then, the start of Occupy Wall Street 2012, and we have a lot to look forward to this year. The movement will undoubtedly seek to influence the national elections, while also continuing their assault on the Wall Street “establishment.” Still, though, no specific policy platform, policy solutions, or end game can be attributed to OWS 2012. The movement, then, only looks to continue where it left off in 2012.
OWS has mostly remained dormant over the winter, popping up at the occasional Republican primary and CPAC over the last couple of weeks, but with no major marches or confrontations have occurring.
Without a true policy goal, some have speculated that OWS will fizzle out in 2012. Occupy Wall Street sees it otherwise. On Twitter, the movement declares: “In our first 6 months we changed the national conversation. In the next 6 months we will change the world.”