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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.

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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.

5 thoughts on “Williamsburg Bridge Into Manhattan Occupied!”

  1. Jim Cook says:

    The New York Times is refusing to cover the significant Occupy protests this morning. No stories among the dozens on its front web page. They’re trying to pretend the protests don’t exist.

  2. Peregrin Wood says:

    The New York Times: All the news that its Wall Street masters say it’s okay to print.

  3. Jerry Thomas says:

    Where is the national news coverage????? I’ve been watching MSNBC for the last 2 hours!!!!!

    1. Peregrin Wood says:

      Don’t watch MSNBC, unless you want to get only the top gloss on progressive politics. The Democratic Party hasn’t approved of the May Day protests. Thus, they are to be downplayed.

      1. Jerry Thomas says:

        I watch MSNBC while I surf the internet (live feed and Democracy Now). So far on Dylan Ratigan, a discussion with Senator Tom Coburn concerning fiscal responsibility and a discussion about the Presidents trip to Afghanistan have been the topics. The fact that May Day has not been mentioned yet is unusual for Dylan. Interesting timing for the Presidents trip but the one year anniversary of the death of Osama is relevant.

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