Occupy Wall Street demonstrators are planning a massive protest that threatens to shut down portions of the city, and this afternoon two top deputies of Mayor Mike Bloomberg briefed reporters on the preparations that the administration and the police are taking.
“All of our agencies are going to prepared,” said Cas Holloway, deputy mayor for operations. “These kinds of events happen in New York City all of the time. Last year NYPD dealt with 600 protests south of 59th street in Manhattan, so certainly protests are not something surprising to us. We deal with them every day.”
Tomorrow, Occupy Wall Street is planning to gather in Liberty Square at 7:00 a.m and head over to the New York Stock Exchange, where they may try to disrupt trading. In the afternoon, protesters are planning to “Occupy The Subway,” and afterwards head to City Hall and nearby bridges.
“Everything that we have seen and heard suggests that we may have tens of thousands of people at tomorrow’s protest,” added Howard Wolfson, the deputy mayor for communications. “The protesters are calling for a massive event aimed at disrupting major portions of the city.”
Mr. Wolfson also said that while it is important to the administration that people have right to express themselves, public order “will be maintained.”
If the administration is correct and tens of thousands of people do in fact take to the streets tomorrow, it would represent one of the biggest demonstrations the city has seen in years. In 2003, an estimated 100,000 people took to the streets to protest the Iraq War.
The full rundown of events tomorrow is listed below:
International Day of Action
On Thursday November 17th, the two month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, we call upon the 99% to participate in a national day of direct action and celebration!
New York City
BREAKFAST: Shut Down Wall Street – 7:00 a.m.
Enough of this economy that exploits and divides us. It’s time we put an end to Wall Street’s reign of terror and begin building an economy that works for all. We will gather in Liberty Square at 7:00 a.m., before the ring of the Trading Floor Bell, to prepare to confront Wall Street with the stories of people on the frontlines of economic injustice. There, before the Stock Exchange, we will exchange stories rather than stocks.
LUNCH: Occupy The Subways – 3:00 p.m.
We will start by Occupying Our Blocks! Then throughout the five boroughs, we will gather at 16 central subway hubs and take our own stories to the trains, using the “People’s Mic”.
- Fordham Rd
- 3rd Ave, 138th Street
- 163rd and Southern Blvd
- 161st and River – Yankee Stadium
- Broadway Junction
- Borough Hall
- 301 Grove Street
- St Jose Patron Church,185 Suydam St, Bushwick
- Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave.
- Jamaica Center/Parsons/Archer
- 92-10 Roosevelt Avenue, Jackson Heights
- 125th St. A,B,C,D
- Union Sq. (Mass student strike)
- 23rd St and 8th Ave
- Staten Island
- St. George, Staten Island Ferry Terminal
- 479 Port Richmond Avenue, Port Richmond
DINNER: Take The Square – 5:00 p.m.
At 5 pm, tens of thousands of people will gather at Foley Square (just across from City Hall) in solidarity with laborers demanding jobs to rebuild this country’s infrastructure and economy. A gospel choir and a marching band will also be performing.
Afterwards we will march to our bridges. Let’s make it as musical a march as possible – bring your songs, your voice, your spirit! Our “Musical” on the bridge will culminate in a festival of light as we mark the two-month anniversary of the #occupy movement, and our commitment to shining light into our broken economic and political system.
Resist austerity. Rebuild the economy. Reclaim our democracy.
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