Scenes From Occupy Wall Street's May Day Celebration
may not have seen fit to give Occupy Wall Street’s May Day protest — a daylong, citywide event involving thousands of people — the front page prominence it deserves. But The Guardian did. Ryan Devereaux in New York City reports below.
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Ryan Devereaux at The Guardian:
Thousands of people turned out in New York for a day of action that culminated in a confident march down Broadway in the evening sunshine towards Wall Street, the crucible of the protest that began last year with an angry backlash against banking excess.
The stated aim of bringing business in the commercial capital of the US to a standstill went unfulfilled, but as rain gave way to a bright spring afternoon, traffic ground to a halt in lower Manhatttan as the Occupy movement’s most anticipated day of action in months took hold.
There were some clashes with police as officers clamped down on perceived violations, and the NYPD said they had made 30 arrests by the early evening. There were also flashpoints at protests in other cities.