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May Day fall out as media focuses on acts of violence in largely peaceful protests. Hannity beats up on Occupy organizer. Increased surveillance from cops.
Occupy Wall Street organizer Harrison Schultz goes toe-to-toe with the notorious Sean Hannity who takes the offensive from the get go, keeping Schultz off-balance the whole time with a rant on the advantages of the current system, cloaked as always as the “just get-a-job” spiel. Link to the interview is here
May Day is over, the pundits and politicos do the post-game analysis, and we are no exception. Except we do the post-game on the politicos and pundits...
MSM outlets like Christian Science Monitor call it a mixed affair, citing heavy turn-out in the cities of Chicago and New York and turning to experts like Drexel prof George Ciccariello-Maher who “gives it overall a B.” Other outlets note that endless confrontations with police and disruptions of the worker-bee commute spook the public and do not do Occupy any favors, PR-wise.
Submitted by M-Bed, UWS Correspondent
“You know what this is? A funeral march for capitalism. I just figured that out.” OWS Demonstrator
For all its shapes and nuances, and there were many, seen and unseen, as wave upon wave of protesters made their way down Broadway during the early evening hours of May 1, 2012 toward Wall Street, let it never be said that Occupy does not know how to throw a party.
The May 1st shindig, a seemingly endless march from Midtown Manhattan to Union Square, down Wall Street toward the Battery, celebrated diversity from every conceivable angle, a spectacle for curious onlookers, and a unified, rallying point for the now battle-hardened activists who make up Occupy Wall Street, calling themselves “the 99%.”
Live Updates from occupywallst.org
(all times Eastern, all locations in NYC unless otherwise noted)
- 10:45am: Police in riot gear seen in the streets in NYC. Cops with dogs at Grand Central. At least one person (a veteran) has been arrested so far. Other reports of arrests for ¨standing too close to the curb¨ on sidewalk, protesters have been hit by batons. March headed toward Madison & E 47th. Also, food is still available at Bryant Park! Internationally, massive demonstrations against austerity are underway in Turkey, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and elsewhere.
- 10:35am: Occupy Chicago tweets: ¨Get to Jackson and Lasalle by 10 [Central]. Let's get this party started.¨
- 10:20am: Band playing
May Day 2012 is here and we present : Occupy : We Got You Covered! UWS Digital News has boots on the ground, reporters in the field, and will feature regular updates in this space.
630 AM and the day dawns wet and gray. The Bolt Bus is where we submit the first update from. The same Bolt Bus where riders cannot reach the promised internet-land. This limits early access to live updates on both May Day Radio as well as live video streams from Bryant Park and elsewhere. We do however, hear the guy snoring behind us, and a bland discussion covering numerous topics, right next to us. Outside, rain is coming down, hard. This combines to makes us ornery. Of course it is early yet.