|Mesiah Taken Away by the NYPD|
At Union Square all was calm until shortly before midnight, the time when police and protesters have a been having a nightly showdown. Since March 17, the six-month anniversary of OWS has made the park its’ base of operations. The police have been enforcing a new midnight curfew to make sure another Zuccotti Park-type encampment cannot be established. The protesters have turned the curfew into street theater, taunting the police with donuts, and playing cat and mouse with them. Saturday night, once temperatures dropped and the crowd thinned, the police used barricades as shields as they charged the protesters, moving them off the sidewalk and further away from 14th Street. The massive show of force seemed less effective as crowd dispersal than the cold rain that ended the confrontation.
Occupy Wall Street’s winter hibernation is over. But last weekend, its’ message against corporate greed and social injustice was drowned out by an anti-police sentiment.
Check out my latest story/slide show on Occupy Wall Street’s Spring Training on the Atlantic’s site. To see more images from this series check out a set on Flickr
|Occupy Wall Street March on March 23rd|
Also please watch video clips from the weekend-
Street theater in Union Square Park- Dicey rapping to police
Protesters take the street in NOLITA during an anti police brutality march
Police pushing protesters off sidewalk with barricades at Union Square
Spring Training in Zuccotti park:
Love is the Answer
Nicole Carty Teaching the Group