Today marks the one year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, and as expected, both protesters and law enforcement are out in full force.
So far over 100 arrests gave been reported this morning alone in New York City’s Financial District.
The New York Times reports:
…protesters converged near the New York Stock Exchange and tried to block access to the exchange.
Demonstrators had planned to converge from several directions to form a “human wall” around the stock exchange to protest what they said was an unfair economic system that benefited the rich and corporations at the expense of ordinary citizens.
Police officers and protesters squared off at various points, with protesters briefly blocking intersections and sidewalks before being dispersed and sometimes arrested.
Aside from the arrests that took place throughout the day, Reuters spoke with protesters earlier to discuss today’s significance.
“A lot of media is saying that Occupy is dying down, but I think the fact that over 100 people were arrested this morning shows that Occupy is still part of the conversation,” said one protester, Caleb Maupin, 24, of Queens.
“We’ve been locked out, people my age don’t have much chance of getting a job, so we have to do something to get people’s attention,” Maupin said.
Several protesters held signs, one saying “END the FED,” another reading: “We Are Students, Not Customers.”
“What happened here a year ago was a process that cannot be stopped,” Pulitzer prize-winning author Chris Hedges said. “What happened here a year ago will ultimately spell the doom of the corporate state.”
Crowds grew steadily over the course of the day and aside from the arrests, confrontations between protesters and the police were largely peaceful.