Occupy Wall Street Heads for the Brooklyn Bridge
As November 17 marks the two-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, the protest plans to move to the Brooklyn Bridge following its demonstration in the financial district this morning.
This will be along with demonstrations at different subway stations to spread the message about economic and social inequality. The city officials plan to put a halt to the protest.
Hundreds took to marching on the financial district in order to close off the stock exchange where they confronted a police barricade.
The stock exchange opened as usual, with employees showing their building IDs to get through the police barricade.
While the thousands which the city had expected did not turn up, the demonstration was still considered a success by those who attended.
"I think it was a success," said 26-year-old Karen Jenson, a Wyoming resident who's been participating in the Occupy Wall Street protests for the past five weeks. "I was not overwhelmed with our success, but I felt like we were humble about it."
The demonstration however has not been necessarily peaceful. According to Police Commisioner Raymond Kelly, 177 people had been arrested by Thursday afternoon. Seven police officers were also admitted to the hospital for injuries, the most serious being a man needing 20 stitches. Commuters have also been outraged at the protest's obstruction.
"These a--holes need to get a job and stop keeping us from ours," said Jenn Bobics, 42, who works at an investment firm. "I can't get to work now, or at least I don't know how to."
How these will reflect on the Brooklyn Bridge demonstration is hard to say, but the best that can be hoped for is less injury and a truly peaceful protest. The city has already said it plans to stop the protest, and whether the demonstrators will be obstructing traffic on the bridge is still in question.