Sunday, October 16, 2011

Occupy Wall Street occupies Times Square

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Occupy Wall St to Times Sq, a set on Flickr.

I left Times Square sometime after 6pm, as I was beginning to feel faint and nauseous due to the sheer amount of people crammed into a small space. The NYPD cordoned off most of the area and basically herded all of us into a confined area. I don't know what the tactics were with this, but wouldn't that logical create a more dangerous environment? If they had left us alone we would have left space for people to pass through and the area would have been occupied peacefully. In any case, it was. I have never seen such a display of community and solidarity coupled with complete adherence to the demonstration rules that were set 9yes, we all kept to the sidewalks, all how many thousands of us that happened to have joined the march).
Anyway, I was able to make my way out and I have not looked at any media portraying today's events before writing this. These are just my own images, thoughts and feelings, mainly captured with my camera. I feel that these photos that portray the entire movement: people of all ages and backgrounds and opinions coming together to display a communal request for CHANGE.

I heard a few people tell us to "Get a job" when we walked past. I think we all have jobs Mr or Mrs I-Don't-Think-The-System-Affects-Me, actually some of us have 2 or 3 jobs to actually make ends meet. I am lucky because I was educated in a country where education is free, yes, FREE, and I will not be paying off student loans for most of my adult life, unlike many of my friends, but what would I have done if I had? I wouldn't have been able to go to university, it's as simple as that. None of my family could have afforded to pay for my tuition and I doubt that I would have got the loans that I would have needed... Anyway, OWS is about this and so much more. I'll probably have more to say tomorrow, once I have read all of the different media reports on today, but I am going to bed now.

Join in - this affects everyone.

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