Occupy Wall Street protestors have clashed with police in New York during a ‘Day of Action’. Scuffles had broken out as the movement looked to disrupt Wall Street’s working day, but the police had stepped in and have calmed the strike down.
Earlier in the day hundreds of demonstrators had joined a heavily policed march through New York’s financial district as part of a national day of action, the day also marked the Occupy’s movement’s two-month anniversary.
Singing and chanting
Protestors had come together at intersections around Wall Street, singing and chanting with a little cheeky dance for some others. But despite their best efforts in trying to stop traders getting to work at the New York Stock Exchange, police had done what they had needed too to put a stop the uncontrollable violence.
Police had come protected in riot gear, with police vehicles blocking the roads around the nearby streets attempting to maintain control over the day. The strike did have one effect and that was to force workers to be an hour late for work, including those individuals from the NYSE.
Little fights had broken out between police and protestors. By lunchtime there was over 100 arrests. This had been the first day that the city came to a standstill in a month and the march was the first one in the city since protestors occupied the same location a few weeks ago.
By the end there nearly 300 arrests, and there was a turn in the attitude shown toward the police who were directly antagonized by protestors who shouted words such as ‘racist’ to officers in the subway.
Finding a place to gather
Protestors have stated that they will be sticking around, quite possibly being inspired by the UK protest where demonstrators camped in the St Pauls area of London. The problem facing New York is that there is no organized network of housing for these numbers of protestors who have travelled to New York from other cities across the U.S., but it is not that the movement are starring at the problem of finding a place to gather and to sleep.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said about the protest: “There are problems in the country. You can make yourself heard, which I think has been done. Now it’s time to get back and build the economy and create the good paying jobs that people need.”