Happy Birthday, Occupy Wall Street!
At least 100 protesters were arrested today, during Occupy Wall Street's one-year-anniversary. Over the last two days, activists gathered for teach-ins, meetings and festivities (some donned party hats and waved birthday banners). Today, protesters tried to block access to the New York Stock Exchange. According to the New York Times:
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.
Scenes from today's events:
An Occupy Wall Street protester types her story as people take part in activities organized by the movement "OWS" at Foley Square, Lower Manhattan in New York. Occupy Wall Street marks its first anniversary on Monday, and, in a bid to rejuvenate a movement that has failed to sustain momentum after sparking a national conversation about economic inequality last fall, activists plan once again to descend on New York's financial district. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)
A Occupy Wall Street activist marches with demonstrators through the financial district on the one-year anniversary of the movement in New York. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)
A Occupy Wall Street activist sleeps on the sidewalk before planned demonstrations in the financial district during the one-year anniversary of the movement in New York. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)
An Occupy Wall Street protester takes part in activities organized by the movement "OWS" at Foley Square, Lower Manhattan in New York. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)
A policeman holds an Occupy Wall Street activist after she was arrested while marching through the financial district in Lower Manhattan on the one-year anniversary of the movement in New York. New York police on Monday arrested dozens of Occupy Wall Street activists who gathered in the city's financial district, where they sought to disrupt traffic and surround the New York Stock Exchange as part of a day of protests to mark the movement's first anniversary. (Adrees Latif/Reuters)