Occupy Wall Street protesters took over May Day 2012 protests in many parts of the US including New York, Oakland, Seattle and many other places
May Day protests were held across the US yesterday. Protesters carried banners condemning the continued marginalization of the large number of people in the country and rule of just one percent of population over the rest.
But this year’s Wall Street protests turned violent in many places. Particularly in Seattle there was a sense of street battles raging for hours where police officials tried to chase the protesters and the demonstrators in turn attacking showrooms and business establishments.
In New York too there were pitched battles between police and demonstrators many of whom wore black bandages and tried to disrupt traffic near Wall Street. Thousands of protesters were demanding that the economic disparity in the country should come to an end and special action be taken to improve the condition of poor who have been hit hard by economic slowdown.
Many of the protesters were clad in balk clothes, but many others came in normal clothes and joined protests. And to be true, all the protests were not violent. There were many silent demonstrations and peaceful sit-ins.
But as far as New York City was concerned, there were many violent demonstrations where not just police chased hundreds of people, they also made arrests. A demonstrator echoed the same sentiment when she said, “It’s definitely a restart for Occupy Wall Street…Occupy Wall Street has been very conscious of making it a kick-off”.
A reader while justifying the protests says, “American people take to the streets of American cities to expose the pandemic collusion of major corporations and their elected government entities. With little resources other than their feet and voices the people gather in front of institutions known for their high visibility hoping to draw attention to the cause. Hoping to appeal to other citizens to join the rally and grow its numbers for equal opportunity for all, the affect is minimal on a nation far less loyal and patriotic to its people and ideals than it is to its monetary system. Meanwhile corporations continue to seek refuge at an economic oasis known throughout the world as .com you niece China. This practice has become the bane of the American worker. A little disorganized but justly they occupy”. Though many have said that violence can derail Occupy Wall Street movement, others say demonstrators turn violent as police do not allow them proper space to hold demonstrations.