Yesterday, people gathered in New York and Oakland in what has been termed by some “the protest of the century.” More than several protesters of the Occupy Movement, a nebulous group almost based on an ideological platform of some kind, staged demonstrations in Zuccotti Park and downtown Oakland, holding signs and chanting loudly. Slogans such as “F*** the police” and “We are the 99%” were heard, prompting many Americans to pause think deeply about the direction our society is going.
“How can anyone take them seriously? They look like homeless people,” said Kimberly Leo, a bartender from New York who witnessed the awe-inspiring march of triumphant college drop-outs, ex-waiters, and 16th century Dutch literature majors.
Clearly impressed by the colossal display of intellect and convincing logic, Frank Rosario of the New York Post reported:
Many who attended the group’s “General Assembly,’’ which drew nearly a thousand people to the area near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Water Street, initially refused to leave at the 10 p.m. curfew. At least six were arrested after cops had to force them to disperse.
Samantha Quaid, who works at a clothing store on the Lower East Side, said she was late for work “because of all their protesting.”
“They want more jobs? Well, they almost got mine today,” Quaid, 24, said.
The valiant demonstrators also smashed windows and beat on cars. One comrade, who was either dressed or acting like an ape, shouted from the top of a car:
“This is what it’s like to live in a police state!”
The unwashed and unshaven hero then proceeded to pound on the roof of the vehicle and throw a small temper tantrum.
Incredibly, many union workers joined the comrades of the Great Occupy Army, demanding higher wages, lower hours, and more smoke breaks. Ten union protesters were even arrested for blocking an intersection as they tried to warn motorists of the impending doom the hard work of their bosses would bring upon the United States.
The police, of course, cracked down with unnecessary brutality by arresting protesters who had destroyed shops and tried to force businesses to close down to show “solidarity.” A record of the charges and a summary of the events leading up to many of them can be found here.
Long live the Occupy Movement! Let us all be equal – equal in misery, perhaps, but still… equal… maybe… yeah!
In case you can’t tell, I’m being sarcastic. If you really want to know what I think about the May Day Occupy Wall Street Protests, well, look here. Couldn’t have said it better myself.