Occupy Wall Street protestors took to New York City’s financial district Monday to mark the one year anniversary of the movement against corporate greed in the United States; according to reports, police outnumbered protestors.
Protesters who began taking to the city’s streets over the weekend were met with heavy police presence by NYPD officers clad in military and riot gear who barricaded many streets throughout lower Manhattan.
About 100 protesters had either been detained or arrested near the New York Stock Exchange by noon Monday as police filled buses with the activists.
Smaller OWS-related events also cropped up in other cities throughout the Nation, though with less fanfare than the New York gathering.
Many observers of the OWS movement say that because of a lack of defined goals and failure to put forth a solid ideological statement, the anniversary resurgence of OWS will be short-lived.
A recent New York Times article explains:
As the Occupy movement turns 1 year old, its primary target — Wall Street — keeps churning out scandals. Major banks have been caught rigging key interest rates, laundering money and taking risky bets that lose billions of dollars.
Yet the movement cannot claim any new policy, law or regulation as its own. Unlike the Tea Party on the political right, there is no cohesive Occupy group promoting candidates in November’s national election.