On the streets of New York and in several satellite cities, it is on like Donkey Kong.
Beginning at 7AM today, protesters carried ahead with planned actions to “shut down Wall Street” and “occupy” public spaces like subways with stories of economic injustice and the goal of spreading their message despite the NYPD and Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s controversial raid and subsequent shutdown of the Zucotti Park encampment that was the birthplace of the Occupy Wall Street movement- a movement that has since spread to dozens of cities worldwide.
As the cold, rainy day wears on in Manhattan, reports of a deliberate push to silence the press regarding what is going on near the New York Stock Exchange have been appearing on Twitter, with some reports indicating that NYPD were turning away or arresting journalists indicating that there were “no press [allowed] today,” for “security reasons.” Others reported a throng of police surrounding Zucotti Park and waiting to arrest protesters who filtered in.
Indeed, some of the most thorough reporting on the fracas downtown has appeared in foreign press outlets, with the BBC reporting 95 arrests on charges of “suspicion of protesting” near the site of the original protests. The site relays one of the scenes spotted earlier today:
“You do not have a parade permit! You are blocking the street!” a police officer told protesters through a bullhorn during the morning’s protests.
Some protesters were arrested after they sat down in an intersection, while others were arrested as they tried to get closer to the stock exchange.
Additionally, Twitter has been accused by users of suppressing chatter about the protests, as the “trending topics” section has been notably lacking #OWS and #occupywallst hashtags, but “Day of Action” began trending in the afternoon.