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Occupy Wall Street enters its second day #occupywallstreet #takewallstreet

As Occupy Wall Street enters its second day, it reaches the point at which it will either peter out or start to grow. The hoped-for 20,000 protesters haven’t materialised, but there are hundreds of people and the ‘camp’ seems to be well-organised and settled. So where do things go from here?

Images of the event are surprisingly hard to come by online. Twitpic seems to be the best bet:

  • This photo, titled Camped out at the square, shows the scene at night as protesters gather and either sleep or discuss plans and tactics for the next day.

Fears of a media blackout have eased a little. Some mainstream outlets are covering Occupy Wall Street, even if they are not giving it a great deal of attention. It seems that the ‘media’ blackout is more of a ‘cultural’ blackout, with the media aware that the public will likely not be too interested unless violence breaks out. Or is this a self-fulfilling prophecy?

The concern of protesters is that anti-riot and anti-terror agents will be infiltrating the camp and might try to incite violence in an attempt to provide a pretext for clearing the camp. So far, the protesters have been doing nothing illegal: they are simply gathering, as is their right, in public spaces. As time passes, and as Monday approaches, the authorities might take stronger steps to try to contain Occupy Wall Street and ensure it ends with the weekend.

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About Michael R. Gideon

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2 thoughts on “Occupy Wall Street enters its second day #occupywallstreet #takewallstreet

  1. Protesters always form their own internment camps, right where they sit. Emptying bank accounts and closing credit cards is so much more effective. Commercial actions require commercial solutions. Otherwise, people are just developing their hurt puppy look.

    Posted by georgesblog360 | September 18, 2011, 1:16 pm
  2. Canada’s media joins blackout. There is a growing sense that the deep implications that the freedom of the press is nolonger. Please inform friends and family that you are being blocked from seeing world events and being able to freely express your views are being blocked by many of global media. Blocking the news of peaceful worldwide protests will only drive people to become more active in the protests, or drive the otherwise peaceful protesters ‘underground’ .
    Please keep the peace. Solidarity unites. Contact your local media and demand the news you pay for.
    End the nyc /global media blackout!

    Posted by r. ford | September 19, 2011, 6:19 am

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