Occupy Wall Street Protesters were arrested at Zuccotti Park at their 6 month anniversary.
Occupy Wall Street Protesters Were Arrested at Zuccotti Park – NYPD Arrests Protesters
Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested at Zuccotti Park on Saturday afternoon in the wake of the Occupy Movement’s 6-month anniversary. This movement, inspired by the Arab Spring Movement in the Middle East, is a revolution sparked by the U.S. financial policies blamed for the growing gap between rich and poor in the country. The significance of Zuccotti Park is the fact that this is where the Occupy Movement began on September 17th and sparked a wave of protests across the United States. An estimation of 300 protesters gathered at Zuccotti Park on Saturday afternoon to both celebrate and commemorate their movement that has swept the nation. According to Reuters, the New York Police Department arrested 73 protesters between Saturday afternoon and early Sunday morning.
Occupy Wall Street Protesters Were Arrested at Zuccotti Park – Police Brutality
Many protestors claim that the NYPD were overly aggressive in there tactics and provoked arrests from the peaceful protesters.
According to observers, sometime after 11:30 p.m., a few protesters started to put up tents near the center of the park and police began to move in. About 100 officers entered the park while dozens of protesters sat on the ground, refusing orders to leave. The protesters that were arrested or detained were escorted away to police vans in plastic handcuffs. As quickly as this protest began, it ended with the park being cleared in under 20 minutes after the protesters arrests. Despite the lack of support by the media and government officials alike, renowned documentary filmmaker Michael Moore made an appearance of support before the police made their arrests. In a statement to the protesters, Michael Moore said,
“I think it’s great that this movement continues to grow. I think the goals are clear. People are concerned that they have no control over their own democracy. They have no control over their own lives.This is the beginning. This park is sacred ground for millions across the country.”
Occupy Wall Street Protesters Were Arrested at Zuccotti Park – Continues Despite Criticism
As the Occupy Movement continues to grow and gain momentum across the country, most notably in cities like Oakland, California, Portland, Oregon and of course, New York City, New York, it remains unclear whether this movement will acquire the positive attention it needs to be taken as a serious revolution. Many critics of the movement feel that, despite the valid points that the Occupy Movement has to offer, it lacks any clear objective or direction. However, with the excessive force that continues to be used by police as a way to stop the Occupy Movement, more people are shown to be empathetic toward the cause and slowly but surely, this movement gains support. For those Occupy Wall Street protesters who were arrested at Zuccotti Park, this movement that is still in its infancy, is a worthwhile cause that needs to be taken seriously.
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Occupy Wall Street Protesters Were Arrested at Zuccotti Park.