On the Occupy Wall Street
website, members state:
"Occupy Wall Street is a leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants."
On Monday, September 17, they celebrated the first anniversary of their struggle by attempting to take over the Financial District of New York.
However, when OWS members tried to surround the New York Stock Exchange, hundreds of police barricaded the building. By Monday evening, at least 180 protesters were arrested, mainly for "disorderly conduct" or "impeding vehicular or pedestrian traffic."
Caleb Maupin, 24 of Queens, told Reuters
, "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."
"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," he added.
As reported in a video published in an article by Digital Journal
on Monday, Pulitzer prize-winning author and journalist Chris Hedges, said, "What happened here a year ago was a process that cannot be stopped. What happened here a year ago will ultimately spell the doom of the corporate state."
Arrest numbers are likely to be higher, as at least seven protesters were arrested at the Bank of America building later in the afternoon, with several more arrested after demonstrators marched to the World Financial Center in lower Manhattan. Around six protesters staged a sit-in protest outside the adjacent Goldman Sachs headquarters and refused to disperse.
, a well known local artist, tweeted from inside a police van, that people were being "yanked off of the sidewalk" by police, as can also be seen in the video above.
Apparently 50 protesters entered the lobby of the JP Morgan Chase building, and eight were arrested.
The initial plan
had been to surround the New York Stock Exchange and hold a sit-down protest. However, due to the heavy handed police response, protesters redirected to Bowling Green Park (containing the iconic Charging Bull sculpture), and later to Battery Park in southern Manhattan.
By early afternoon, both union leaders and activists were pouring into Zuccotti Park, where the OWS movement originally made their headquarters.
Video: NYC City Council member Jumaane Williams Batoned by NYPD at #S17 #OWS
Jumaane Williams, an NYC City Council member, just wanted to find out what was happening, and ended up being shoved and pushed by the NYPD:
Video: Arrests at West Street, September 17