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Live Blog for #OccupyWallStreet: Day Two

Yesterday was the first day of Occupy Wall Street, an action inspired by occupations that have taken place in Egypt, Greece, Spain and other countries over the past months. FDL’s The Dissenter has been covering the action live since it began and will continue to cover especially as significant developments happen.

The summary for Day One goes like this: The New York Police Department was ready for the protest and blockaded the area closing down all streets on Wall Street. The banksters and casino capitalist had their bull statue or “golden calf” with big brass balls guarded and no protesters were allowed to be on any public sidewalk in lower Manhattan that was nearby any corporation that is still alive and well thanks to bailouts and tax dodging. The protest numbers increased as the afternoon went on. There were maybe a few protesters arrested but no big confrontations. A general assembly deliberated in the park and came up with demands. It also voted on what the action should do. Later in the night, around a hundred were still in the area keeping the occupation alive when they heard they had permission from the owner of the park the police had pushed them into to stay and sleep on the property if they wanted. Tens of protesters unrolled sleeping bags and planned to regroup at 10 am ET.

Catch up on what happened on Day One here and here. Now, let’s resume the live blog. [And, here’s a Twitter list to follow for the latest on the action.]

LIVE STREAM OF DAY TWO ACTION

 

8:10 PM From FDL user athena1, who has been constantly posting updates in the comments thread of my live blogs since Occupy Wall Street began:

Speaker on livestream just talked to the people at the pizza place, and they said over $2,800 in pizzas were bought from all over the world for the protesters, and the company is going to create an OccupyWallstreet Pizza, and let the protesters vote on what it should have on it. :)

6:40 PM

6:10 PM On ABC News:

5:30 PM Keystone Kops on patrol:

Hopefully that bull is still secure. Did anyone check it lately?

5:10 PM Protesters trying to get people from all over the country to donate pizzas so they can stay out and continue the occupation. @OccupyWallStreetNYC tweets: IIMPORTANT-Plz order 4 #OccupyWallStreet’ers tonight! Liberato’s Pizza in in #NYC Phone: (212) 344-3464 [A link for online ordering.]

3:30 PM General assembly in-session again. And, here’s a nice video of yesterday’s action showing some upper class-looking people watching the peasants from a balcony on Wall Street.

2:53 PM Here is video of a jam session at the occupation:

2:50 PM Pretty calm. The occupation continues. It is worth interrupting the action to note that Yemenis are being massacred. In fact, some of the people that have been tweeting about Occupy Wall Street are covering the horrifying developments today. Reports coming out of Yemen indicate RPGs are being fired at demonstrators. This uprising has been going on since February with regular demonstrations every week.

12:48 PM The scene today on Day Two

12:35 PM They do want to make it to Day 3, right? The owner of the park, which let them stay as guests last night, deserves gratitude, not “Brookfield can kiss our asses”:

12:32 PM Need leaders of a union in New York City to show up. Where are the people that supported “Bloombergville”?

12:26 PM Anyone wanting to help sustain this action can donate food to the protesters. A list of places in the area that do delivery has been put together. There’s one small problem though: Deliver to where? Unlike #wiunion (occupation of Wisconsin Capitol), there is no guarantee food ordered will get to people as they have not found a position they can hold for a long-period of time yet. Zuccotti Park, Liberty Plaza, seems like a good place to call homebase but the property owner, according to police, wants them gone. Just some of the kinks organizers have to work out.

12:15 PM Looks like the staying in the park was a one night thing. The park owner would like the park cleared according to @AyeshaKazmi, a journalist on the scene. She adds, “White shirted police approached protesters this morning asking them to clear the area up at the request of park owners.” “There was no consensus among organizers over the signs – whether or not to comply with police requests” to take them down. Twitter messages are revealing the few that form the core group taking action are having a tough time agreeing on what to do.

12:11 PM

11:25 AM General Assembly is in session right now.

11:16 AM The protesters woke up this morning and were singing The Pixies’ “Where is My Mind?” They added “and my money” after “where is my mind.”

Music can be a lifeforce for maintaining occupations. Greg Mitchell of The Nation was tweeting out some songs for the crew of protesters down on Wall Street. One of his selections is an appropriate song for kicking off the live blog. “Money & Corruption/I’m Your Man”:

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Liveblog for #OccupyWallStreet: Day Two

Yesterday was the first day of Occupy Wall Street, an action inspired by occupations that have taken place in Egypt, Greece, Spain and other countries over the past months. FDL’s The Dissenter has been covering the action live since it began and will continue to cover especially as significant developments happen.

The summary for Day One goes like this: The New York Police Department was ready for the protest and blockaded the area closing down all streets on Wall Street. The banksters and casino capitalist had their bull statue or “golden calf” with big brass balls guarded and no protesters were allowed to be on any public sidewalk in lower Manhattan that was nearby any corporation that is still alive and well thanks to bailouts and tax dodging. The protest numbers increased as the afternoon went on. There were maybe a few protesters arrested but no big confrontations. A general assembly deliberated in the park and came up with demands. It also voted on what the action should do. Later in the night, around a hundred were still in the area keeping the occupation alive when they heard they had permission from the owner of the park the police had pushed them into to stay and sleep on the property if they wanted. Tens of protesters unrolled sleeping bags and planned to regroup at 10 am ET.

Catch up on what happened on Day One here and here. Now, let’s resume the live blog. [And, here’s a Twitter list to follow for the latest on the action.]

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Kevin Gosztola

Kevin Gosztola

Kevin Gosztola is managing editor of Shadowproof. He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, "Unauthorized Disclosure."

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