Investment bankers and other employees arriving for work at 200 Wall St. in New York City early Monday morning were greeted by a strange scene: a demonstration by Occupy Wall Street protesters — and massive blow-up squids.
“Let’s go squidding!!” the protesters shouted, as the Goldman Sachs employees tried to walk into the building.
The squid is a reference to Rolling Stone columnist Matt Taibbi’s line about Goldman Sachs that came to define Wall Street’s behavior during the financial crisis. Taibbi described the investment bank as “a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money.” (Taibbi has also been cited as among the best chroniclers of the Occupy protests.)
Occupy Wall Street said the action Monday “will highlight the audacity of Goldman’s private bonus scheme at the expense of taxpayers, union workers and the public good.”
A theatrical finale at 10 a.m. featured a press conference in which a translator was on hand to translate “squid” and protesters chanted “Calamari!”