Skies were cloudy on the seventh morning of #OccupyWallStreet, an anti-corporate rally and protest-city in Zuccotti Park at the intersection of Broadway and Liberty Street in New York City’s Financial District. As the movement nears a week in age, it has been reinvigorated by a night of marches, arrests and growing solidarity.
Last night, during their daily march on Wall Street, #OccupyWallStreet protesters were joined by participants from an earlier rally at Union Square in memory of Troy Davis, with hundreds pouring down Broadway to join the the #OccupyWallStreet march downtown.
With numerous diplomats in town, NYPD security reached numbers previously unseen since #OccupyWallStreet began. Paddy wagons, police in riot gear and a new barricade network around several blocks in the Wall Street area were reported by sources on the scene.
Just after 8 p.m. the two groups met, now numbering around 1,000. Within minutes they were chanting “We are all Troy Davis,” as the growing police force tried to fracture the rally. About a quarter of the gathered protesters marched on as the rest headed to Zuccotti Park, which has been renamed Liberty Plaza as of Sept 17. Six people at the rally were detained by police from the 1st Precinct, where a solidarity group arrived within 30 minutes to chant “Let them go!”
Around 9 p.m. yet another contingent of supporters arrived at Liberty Plaza, this time from the Professional Staff Congress (PSC) union, which represents more than 20,000 faculty and staff at the City University of New York. One professor tweeted she would support the movement “day and night.” Meanwhile, at least a half dozen solidarity rallies were being planned in major American cities, including Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland and San Francisco.
Hacktivist group Anonymous, which helped organized the rally and has remotely provided online logistical support for the movement, also announced that Saturday would be a “Day of Vengeance” against “Wall Street, Corrupt Banking Institutions, and the New York City Police Department