A new dawn for Occupy Wall Street – life after Day of Action
A human tsunami of tens of thousands of people flooded the streets of New York. Hundreds were arrested. Dozens – beaten, dragged and abused by police.Thousands more protested across the US on Thursday. The Day of Action showed the face of America’s civil war against corporate greed and wealth inequality.
Zucotti Park – the place where Occupy Wall Street was born – looked nothing on Friday like it did just a couple of days ago. Officials had hoped that evicting the protesters would put an end to the movement. But this backfired – a Day of Action brought more people out onto the streets with more vigor than ever before.
“It’s absolutely historic – we haven’t seen something like this in America for 30-40 years, and it’s history repeating itself,” said Occupy Wall Street protester Jesse LaGreca.
“This is definitely history in the making. What you’ve been seeing for the last month, two months is history in the making,” said activist James McGuinness.
Two months after Occupy Wall Street kick-started in the Big Apple, the city’s authorities decided to kick protesters out of their camp.
“Bloomberg has shown himself as a clueless out of touch third-world tin-pot dictator that he would like to be,” said Jesse LaGreca.
This forceful eviction only added more fuel to the fire.
“The way we were discarded like trash, that our civil liberties were run over by our billionaire mayor has galvanized a lot of people,” said OWS press team member Mark Bray.
Another, more powerful stage of Occupy Wall Street set off – out of the encampment and all over the city.
“We’re absolutely at stage 2. What happened yesterday was we showed the world that we are strong, we are numbers, and we are angry about what’s going on and we want solutions,” said OWS chef and demonstrator Eric Smith.
Protesters say the lack of a camp, the presence of police violence and the fact that officials remain deaf to demands will only empower them more.
“They started something which is going on in third world countries. I just hope it don’t happen like that in third world countries,” said protester Andre Medina.
Their desire to stick by each other is now stronger than before.
“Thank you, God bless you, I love you, thank you for being here. I appreciate you guys for being here,” said Andre Medina.
A new dawn for the Occupy Wall Street movement has broken on the horizon.