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:
- CNN has video of the general scene as protesters took up their positions on Wall Street.
- There are some images on this New York Times post about the event.
- 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.