The fourth weekend of the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City attracted a diverse crowd to Liberty Plaza Park, near Wall Street. Protesters and organisers used a wide variety of ways to spread their message. USA. 9th October 2011
The fourth weekend of the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City drew a crowd of thousands to the movement's ground zero: Liberty Plaza Park (Zuccotti Park) in the heart of New York's financial district, several blocks from Wall Street. The crowd included activists, students, artists, professionals, unionized and non-unionized workers, homeless people, parents and children from throughout the United States. Organizers and participants are getting their message out in a multitude of ways: handmade signs, stenciled and silk-screened T-shirts, masks, chants, street marches, music, human tableaux of historical images of revolution, the "Occupied Wall Street Journal," large general assemblies, guest speakers, and a regularly updated website run from a simple internet hookup in Liberty Plaza Park. Since tools of sound amplification such as megaphones are banned in public spaces in New York, organizers shout out their messages then ask the crowd to repeat the messages so all can hear. Hand gestures are used to express agreement and disagreement at general assemblies. The details of the protesters' messages vary, but the overall theme is the same: the current global economic system favors the wealthy 1% of the population at the expense of the less privileged 99%. Protesters want to see accountability and changes in the financial order that left millions throughout the United States and around the world either homeless or jobless after the near collapse of the global banking system. The message appears to be getting out: similar "occupations" have sprung up around the United States and in numerous countries throughout the world.