After marching on the New York Stock Exchange on the two-month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, protesters retake Liberty Square.
On Nov. 11, OccupyMN activists challenged Hennepin County authorities with a tent-like structure displayed on chairs. They were reacting to the county’s new policy of not allowing tents on the plaza. Instead of letting the authorities seize their object, the group played a “cat and mouse” game with sheriff’s deputies and evaded capture.
When confronted, they recited the First Amendment using “Mic Check,” a tactic that originated in Zuccotti Park in New York when Occupy Wall Street‘s first encampment was denied use of a sound system. The speaker’s words are repeated by waves of listeners to eliminate the need for sound augment. They stalled the deputies removal attempts. Three day slater the tent-like structure was rebuilt as a billboard facing Third Avenue.
Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York have returned to the epicenter of the movement, Zuccotti Park, but without their tents and sleeping bags. Massive rallies are expected to resume throughout the United States. They were told they could stay, but they cannot camp, after police in riot gear evicted protesters on Tuesday night, citing health and safety issues.
Radio host Alex Jones believes the apparent “health hazard” reasons given for the evictions was a set-up from the start, and an effort to demonize the very idea of protests in the US.
Violent arrests are taking place in New York where a huge anti-Wall Street rally is underway. Hundreds of activists are marching across the city, pledging to occupy streets, bridges, the subway in protest against economic inequality.