Occupy Wall Street After Zuccotti Eviction
Now that Occupy Wall Street is unable to occupy Wall Street, its leaders will have to come up with new ways to keep the pressure on. Some crazies are threatening to take the movement over in the meantime.
NYT City Room(“Protesters and Officers Clash Near Wall Street and in Zuccotti Park“):
Hundreds of protesters from Zuccotti Park clashed with the police as they tried to reach the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday morning, and at least 75 were arrested, the police said.
The marchers then returned to the park, where they yanked out barricades that had been placed there on Tuesday in order to create single-file entrances. Perhaps a thousand protesters streamed into the park, followed by officers who began making arrests. Officers could be seen shoving and hitting protesters and journalists.
The morning’s demonstrations were part of an Occupy Wall Street “Day of Action” planned for Thursday, the two-month anniversary of the movement. It is to include events at subway stations throughout the city at 3 p.m. and a gathering at Foley Square downtown at 5, followed by marches across Lower Manhattan bridges. See latest developments below.
New York Daily News (“Occupy Wall Street protesters vow to wear suits, blend in and get revenge for the Zuccotti Park raid“):
Occupy Wall Street hoped to show there was life after Zuccotti Thursday by staging a series of marches and rallies – starting with a sneak attack on the Stock Exchange itself.
As the city braced for a “sizeable” crowd, observers on both sides said the scale of the protest would show whether the two-month-old movement could regain momentum after Tuesday’s demoralizing defeat.
OWS hoped anger over the NYPD raid that razed their iconic tent city at Zuccotti Park would breathe new life into a cause that had begun to sputter.
The “day of action” is to begin early, with protesters converging on Wall Street camouflaged in business suits hoping to blend in with office workers trooping out of the subway.
“We will rise from beneath. They can’t stop all of us. It’s going to get crazy,” vowed one organizer. “They took the first shot Tuesday night. [Thursday] we return fire. We will be peaceful, but we will resist.”
The city said it was bracing for tens of thousands of people in the streets.
“The protesters are calling for a massive event aimed at disrupting major parts of the city,” said Howard Wolfson, deputy mayor for governmental affairs. “We will be prepared for that.”
He said the Police Department was working with the MTA to head off any subway disruptions.
“We’re ready,” said a top police source. “The problem is no one knows how big they will be. We’ll have a lot of people out there and if it doesn’t pan out it’ll look like overkill. But we’re going to be ready for it, just in case.”
New York Daily News (“Zuccotti Park protester Nkrumah Tinsley arrested after threatening to burn down city“):
A protester was arrested in Zuccotti Park Wednesday after he threatened to fire bomb the city — and his rant went viral on YouTube, police said.
Nkrumah Tinsley, 29, was busted after cops saw a video of him claiming he would torch the city during Thursday’s mass protest posted online, police said. ”On the 17th (of Nov.), we’re going to burn New York City to the f—ing ground,” an angry Tinsley told a crowd of demonstrators in the video posted on Tuesday. ”In a few days, you’re going to see what a Molotov cocktail can do to Macy’s.”
When officers from the NYPD’s intelligence division saw the video, they immediately began working on trying to identify the raging man, police said. ”We didn’t want him out there [Thursday]. We wanted him in our custody,” said Paul Browne, top spokesman for the NYPD. “He was specific as to date, location and method for the fire bombing …maybe it was just a rant, but we didn’t want to take that chance.”
Cops later spotted Tinsley at Zuccotti Park Wednesday and collared him about 5 p.m., police said. He was charged with making terroristic threats.
Tinsley’s parents described their son as mentally ill and recently started leaving the family’s University Heights, Bronx, home to support protesters downtown. ”I was really happy — he was going meeting people and talking to others, instead of sitting in his room talking to himself,” said his father, James Jacob, 66.
Jacob said his son got too excited within the crowd and understood the arrest. ”He was just running his mouth,” he said. “He’s got to learn. He’s got to pay for what he did.”
Tinsley is quite literally crazy and there’s zero evidence that he speaks for the movement. But going from occupying tent cities to unauthorized disruptions of the city will inevitably further weaken Occupy’s public support. Most will blame the protestors, not police, when things get violent.
This is going to have to morph into a political movement rather than a mob scene soon if the attention Occupy has brought to the issues of income inequality, rent-seeking, and related issues are going to be capitalized upon.