On the six-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, protesters once again filled Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park, the Associated Press reports. Dozens were arrested.
The protesters appeared optimistic, anticipating that with warm weather their movement for economic justice would pick up steam once more. But observers doubt whether the movement — now a diffuse group occupying few locations across the country — will be able to accomplish much.
The Occupiers acknowledge that the movement is in flux, writing on its Web site this week: “Although our plans are flexible and constantly evolving, we want everyone with an interest in this movement against Wall Street greed to take part in the evolving conversation.”
Occupy Wall Street has faced a number of setbacks in recent months. First came the reports of sexual assaults, violence and hygiene issues at the occupations. Next, police systematically shut down many of the Occupy campsites. The media glare on the protesters diminished.
Occupy protesters sought to reinvigorate the movement by planning to occupy the G8 summit in Chicago in May. But that, too, was foiled after President Obama moved the summit to Camp David. Protesters, however, insisted that the move was a victory.
While the fate of Occupy Wall Street remains unclear, Saturday’s occupation of Zuccotti Park shows that the protesters are willing to resort to at least one familiar tactic to get the nation’s attention — clashes with police. Watch video of the confrontation, not embedded here because the video is laced with expletives, on YouTube. “Spring is coming!” the Occupy movement wrote on its Twitter feed of the clashes.
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