Beginning at 1 AM today, Occupy Wall Street protestors were cleared from New York’s Zuccotti Park. They were told it was to clean the park to meet New York City’s sanitation standards, and were removed with excessive police force. They were told they’d be able to come back after the park was finished being cleaned. However, when protestors tried to return a few hours later, they found they couldn’t even get within a block of the park due to police barricades. They were told that they could return, but not put up their tents. Many participants think that this is a response to the counter-protest by business owners and Occupy naysayers last night. Perhaps this marks the beginning of the end of this global movement.
This Thursday would have been two months since the Occupy movement began. The movement began with Occupy Wall Street, where a group of angry barely/unemployed New Yorkers rallied in the financial district against the financial institutions that helped to cause the global financial crisis and refused to leave until the banks and corporations (the 1%) get the message that most of the population (the 99%) are not happy with the way things are. Within days of Occupy Wall Street’s launch, other cities followed suit–Oakland, Binghamton, Paris, Tokyo and Cologne to name a few. There are now almost 900 cities in 70 countries participating in the Occupy movement.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. The media coverage on the Occupy movement hasn’t been the most balanced. The coverage they show either depicts the Occupy protestors as whiny hipsters who are treating the rallies as a giant, endless party or else the protestors are depicted as violent, cop-hating people who are just part of the movement to be violent. Or, when not looking down upon those participating in the movement, there is no coverage whatsoever, making this situation a bit confusing. In the misrepresentation, the perception is that the protestors don’t want to work, they want to complain. Without any coverage, nobody knows what is going on. Either way, the Occupy movement is a lot to think about, especially now that it appears to be ending.
So, LivLunatics, what are your thoughts on this worldwide movement? Do you agree with the protestors, or do you think they need to “shut up and get jobs?” We want to hear what YOU–not CNN, not FOX News, Not NPR, Not MTV–have to say on the matter!