Williamsburg Bridge Into Manhattan Occupied!
How do you get to Wall Street today? One way not to go is by the Williamsburg Bridge, which connects the southern end of Manhattan to Brooklyn. About 300 protesters from Brooklyn were walking across the bridge about a half hour ago, moving to join their allies in Bryant Park. The protesters didn’t stop traffic, but did slow traffic down.
At about the same time, a group of 200 protesters left Bryant Park to go demonstrate at the beginning of lunch hour outside restaurants that are known for exploiting their immigrant workers. That will ruin the taste of the brie, won’t it? Chase, Citigroup and Bank of America have been less culinary targets of protests so far today.
Police have been constructing barricades throughout lower Manhattan all morning long. Protesters have responded by sending out large groups of bicyclists to slow down traffic on the city’s streets. Pedestrial marchers have been on the move in the city as well, as far north as 42nd street.
Update: Massive arrests of Occupy protesters are taking place at 40th and Park. People are still crossing the Williamsburg Bridge, the crowd is so large. Within the crowd is a marching band, including a tuba, drums, and an electric guitar.
Students are walking out of Paul Robeson high school, and police are waiting there to arrest them… and over in Chicago, May Day occupy protesters have shut down a branch of the Bank of America.