Hundreds of protesters have been occupying Zuccotti Park, a private park, nearby Wall Street as part of a planned Occupy Wall Street action. The police have put up blockades around Wall Street and prevented protesters from being on the sidewalk areas of Wall Street they hoped to occupy.
The protesters have committed to a long-term occupation action. Last night, the owner of Zuccotti Park agreed to let protesters sleep in the park. Anywhere from 50 to 200 slept in the park. This morning, however, it appeared the owner wanted the protesters to vacate. Hard to tell what the protesters are expected to do now.
What is known is that the UN General Assembly starts tomorrow. President Obama will be in New York City. This means counterterrorism units along with the Secret Service will be in the city. Do NYPD really want to patrol an occupation action is the key question? And what do protesters plan to do?
Just now there are reports that rap artist Lupe Fiasco has donated tents to protesters to camp in the park. But, erecting tents is illegal and the police may come in and take down all the tents at any point. So, what kind of courage do the protesters have and how willing are they to invite confrontation?
The live blog resumes now and will bring you the latest on what happens with the action this evening. [And, also, here's a Twitter list I put together that you can keep checking to stay up to date on the action.]
12:10 PM Silent candlelight vigil goes right up to the blockade. The vigil was in honor of victims of Wall Street.
11:10 PM Paul Weiskel has posted a number of photos to Flickr. This is a very good photo of the occupation in the park tonight:
And, a photo of the organizers ordering pizza from Liberato’s, which if you didn’t hear is going to name a pizza the Occupy Wall Street pizza and let the protesters decide what toppings to put on the pizza. They made $2,800 from orders placed from around the world. Their website also crashed. They were sold out of pizza. Protesters had to move on to chicken wings orders:
11:07 PM Forget the police — Here’s a video put together that may inspire others to come down and join the action:
11:04 PM Now, no music is allowed.
10:52 PM Anyone wearing a mask is likely to be arrested – a specific, credible but unconfirmed threat from NYPD officers on guard.
10:41 PM David Hunsicker, Democrat running against Republican Eric Cantor in Virginia’s 7th District, has been sending many tweets in support of the Occupy Wall Street action. He (or whomever he has doing social media for his campaign) is even tweeting at media outlets asking why they haven’t covered US “day of rage” on Wall Street.
10:38 PM Nice summary of the General Assembly tactic [For information on the GA, go here.]
10:30 PM Protesters are holding their General Assembly. They are deliberating over what to do tomorrow.
9:40 PM And, another update on the police:
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9:09 PM Planned candlelight vigil is about to begin.
8:55 PM Much anticipation for tomorrow, lots of hope that the protest will be able to move into Wall Street:
8:50 PM A flyer being used to promote the action: