Please note that I am not at the park at the present time. I’m just following the livestream. See URLs below.
Update 8:06am: Live coverage back at Zuccotti and financial district. The white shirts are back. This is looking very tense. The cops now have their guns out. Crowd dispersing. Some rumor that the police are going to take the park. New rumor: They closed the Brooklyn Bridge??
Update: 7:43am: Livestream down again. The last shot of the bull statue had a few policemen guarding it. There are thousands of people pouring into the streets there. So far, the atmosphere seems festive. Police look a bit overwhelmed. Arrests are being made. The police are getting rough.
To me it looks like the police have lost this battle. Too many people in the street right now. This is what I thought might happen. NYC has a huge population, today is Friday, expect the crowds to get bigger as the day goes on. As long as the crowd stays non-violent and arrests are few, this could be quite a day for a party in NYC.
Update 7:32am: Crowd estimate in Zuccotti park 5K. The occupiers are marching in the street. Police have arrived. It’s looking tense. Police appear to be gently escorting protestors back onto the sidewalk. Not sure that’s going to work. There are a LOT of people down there.
Holy S^&*! It looks like the city is pouring into the street.
Cue the music! Street bank striking up. Lots of horns honking. It’s a frickin’ party down there. They’ve made it to the bull. How much you want to bet someone(s) climb up on that thing? I hope the photographers are ready to capture the moment.
cavalry unions are arriving. The crowds at the park look huge. CNN is reporting that Bloomberg has postponed the “cleaning” of Zuccotti Park. Looking for link. So far unconfirmed. The livestream shows that there is something going on at the park that they refer to as a “situation”. I think the rumor of a partial victory has gone to their heads and it’s a bit chaotic. They were doing a mic check a few minutes to take a straw poll as to whether to take on the barricade at Wall Street. Sounds like they’re going to go for it. You can follow the action here:
http://www.livestream.com/occupywallstnyc (covering street protest)
http://www.livestream.com/avaazwallstreet (this one is working)
Follow them on twitter at #occupywallstreet
They sometimes lose their livefeed. Not sure what’s up with that. They’re using generators and last night, one of their streaming computers died because it wasn’t charging.
Most recent shot of the crowd shows that the people of NYC turned up at 7:00am this morning as requested. There are many people over 30 in the crowd right now. Zuccotti park looks full. It looks like the pre-march shots I got from last week but bigger. The park is wall to wall people. There are thousands and thousands of people there. More than 2 thousand? Looks like it to me.
Tomorrow at 5pm, there will be an Occupy Times Square. Not sure how that’s going to work out but the cool thing about Times Square is that there’s a bleacher type structure smack dab in the middle of it. When the lights go on in Times Square, it’s like daylight there and the view from the bleachers can’t be beat. Times Square is super busy on Saturday night to begin with. Will it be like New Year’s Eve in October? Hard to say. Probably not the best night to be visiting New York City if you’re from out of town. On the other hand, it would be hard to not be caught up in a Times Square Occupation. There will be other activities on Saturday. Check the schedule at occupywallst.org
The situation is less promising at OccupyDenver where the occupation has been under siege. It was raided at 3:00am this morning.