Monday, October 10, 2011

Zuccotti Park Protests Continue; Now With Al Sharpton Sighting

Columbus Day observations have meant that there are more crowds than usual in and around Zuccotti Park. Part of that is due to a scheduled street fair on Broadway beginning at Liberty and running several blocks south towards the Battery. That means that there's quite a few more people milling around.

There's also quite a few more media trucks on the surrounding blocks, but the message is pretty much the same as in earlier days. In fact, most of the media has focused on the periphery of the park, but if you walk through the park, you'll find that interspersed among protesters are those who might otherwise be considered transients and otherwise camping out there because they could - not because they're protesting.

There seemed to be more posters calling for an "End the Fed" and there was a smattering of pro-Palestine or pro-Native American rights.

There was also a few conspiracy type posters:

Some groups have also brought their kids down to join the protests - allowing the kids to draw and scribble signs and that's added to the coverage.

Then, there's the crowd that has surrounded Al Sharpton, who's managed to find his way down to the park to attend:

He didn't say much that hasn't already been said, but the media and gawkers were out in force

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Damn. I missed Jimmy "The Rent Is Too Damn High" MacMillon and Susan Sarandon at the protests too.

Here's your Heh moment:
the protesters are starting to notice folks taking advantage of the demonstration by grabbing some of the free food and clothes that have been made available in Zuccotti Park.

“The tourists take all the food, and the hipsters take all the clothes,” said one demonstrator.
And thus far, Anonymous hasn't been able to do anything to take down the NYSE (or their website).

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