Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wall Street Protesters Respond to Oakland Police

In response to police actions at the Occupy Oakland protest, Occupy Wall Street participants marched from Zuccotti Park to Union Square last night, chanting, “let’s go Oakland.” 
Police in that California city reportedly shot projectiles at demonstrators injuring one man who was hit above the eye.   
“They shot a guy who turned out to be an Iraq War veteran and he’s now in critical condition,” said Lawrence, a student from Montreal who asked me not to his report his last name.   
“I still have to get a corporate job in the future,” he added.  
The marchers followed a mostly sidewalk only course but at times were allowed to absorb the entire roadway such as on Broadway near NYU.   
Additionally, according to multiple protesters, homeless individuals, some with drinking problems, have moved into Occupy Wall Street’s encampment at Zuccotti Park creating a challenge to the image demonstrators are attempting to portray.   
But Josh Mochamer, a student from Manhattan, explains the demonstration's general policy . “Since it’s open to all, no one’s going to kick anybody out unless they’re hurting someone,” he said.     

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