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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.
All eyes turn to May 1, International Workers Day and the anticipated Day of Action that Occupy has been cooking up since most camps and cities went dark over the winter. Banks and cops work together and brace for protests. NYC, SF, and major cities in spotlight as citizens wonder if roads will be shut down. Stakes are high to Occupy to make statement. Watch this space for regular updates during the next 24 hours.
Bloomberg has a complete round-up of what to look for from Occupy and participating Labor Unions tomorrow– how many will clog the streets? How creative will occupy get? According to the Bloomberg report “Calls for a general strike with no work, no school, no banking and no shopping have sprung up on websites in Toronto, Barcelona, London, Kuala Lumpur and Sydney, among hundreds of cities in North America, Europe and Asia.”
Arrests turn to charades as cases get tossed. Occupy Dataran moves ahead. Rumblings on the left coast in anticipation of the May 1 General Strike. Finally, Occupy Asteroids??
A group of Occupy Philly protesters busted in November for resisting arrest and the usual array of charges have walked free after a Philadelphia judge on Thursday dismissed all charges against them. Philly.com
Ditto for those charged for Occupying the Capitol in Sacramento, as the DA there announces she will not pursue charges against the vast majority of demonstrators. Modesto Bee