Occupy Wall Street Anniversary: LIVE Updates From New York

09/17/2012 02:24 pm ET
  • Craig Kanalley Senior Editor, Big News & Live Events, The Huffington Post

A year ago, on Sept. 17, 2011, hundreds of protesters took to the Financial District of New York, leading to police barricades going up around Wall Street and a camp being set up at Zuccotti Park.

Today, hundreds are taking to the streets of New York again in remembrance of what happened on that day and possibly to give the movement new life leading up to November's presidential election in the United States.

(Scroll down for live updates. The Guardian is also live blogging here.)

"Occupy Wall Street" can be traced back to an Internet campaign. Protests in the streets of New York soon followed, inspiring similar protests worldwide.

The Occupy Wall Street website which emerged as the protests continued describes the movement on its About page as follows:

Occupy Wall Street is a people-powered movement that began on September 17, 2011 in Liberty Square in Manhattan’s Financial District, and has spread to over 100 cities in the United States and actions in over 1,500 cities globally. #ows is fighting back against the corrosive power of major banks and multinational corporations over the democratic process, and the role of Wall Street in creating an economic collapse that has caused the greatest recession in generations.

As time went on, conflict arose between protesters, Occupy Wall Street was divided into two distinct groups and the movement lost momentum.

Keep up with the latest on today's anniversary through the live updates below.

09/18/2012 12:36 AM EDT

Photos From Zuccotti Park

Huffington Post editor Craig Kanalley has posted pictures from Zuccotti Park tonight here.

09/17/2012 6:41 PM EDT

New Total For Arrests

@ katz :

NLG says confirmed arrests reached 160. 30 released so far. #S17

09/17/2012 5:36 PM EDT

'Many Bongos Short Of A Good Drum Circle'

Comparing today's Occupy protests to ongoing demonstrations in the Middle East and China, Bloomberg Editorial Writer James Gibney says, "You're making the U.S. look bad."

In a new opinion piece, he talks about the religious and nationalistic based protests overseas being much more interesting than today's events in the U.S.

Meanwhile, the Occupy Wall Street movement's one-year anniversary seems to be many bongos short of a good drum circle, notwithstanding a continuing cavalcade of scandals involving top-tier banks supposedly chastened by the regulatory lapses that helped precipitate one of history's biggest erasures of wealth. Come on, guys -- at least torch a bus or sumpin'.

09/17/2012 5:23 PM EDT

Occupy And Press Freedom

Journalism & Public Media Campaign Director at Free Press Josh Stearns has posted his thoughts on the past year of Occupy with a new blog post.

He writes about attacks on journalists and freelancers covering Occupy:

The attacks on press were troubling on many levels but particularly because media making was such a central part of the Occupy movement. From tweets to blog posts, pictures to streaming video, Occupy made strategic use of the Web from day one and inspired a new generation of activist journalists who chronicled the movement. While covering the NATO protests this summer in Chicago, Laurie Penny tweeted that “In 2012, youth power’s equivalent of the peace v-sign is the camera phone held aloft.”

09/17/2012 4:57 PM EDT

At Zuccotti

A march has just concluded, bringing protesters back to Zuccotti Park. They're greeted by dozens of cops, including in riot gear, per Patrick deHahn.

@ patrickdehahn :

Probably 100 cops in the plaza with the red cube, about half are riot cops. #ows #s17

09/17/2012 4:44 PM EDT

Independent Journalist Arrested, Photographer Briefly Detained

@ macfathom :

Just now: @johnknefel arrested, Village Voice photographer @csmuncyphoto thrown to the ground and briefly detained, then released.

Read more about journalists arrested today here.

09/17/2012 4:32 PM EDT

146 Arrested

The latest count of those arrested in New York is now 146, Newsday reports, citing an NYPD spokeswoman.

09/17/2012 4:25 PM EDT

A Look At Income Inequality Numbers

@ TheAtlantic :

Happy birthday, Occupy! (Income inequality is still getting worse.) http://t.co/OEyhkXBp

09/17/2012 4:09 PM EDT

At Battery Park

A number of protesters have regrouped at Battery Park after marching through the FInancial District this morning. Here's what the scene looks like:

battery park

(Photo by AP/John Minchillo)

09/17/2012 3:54 PM EDT

135 Total Arrests In New York

The Guardian reports that there have now been 135 arrests related to Occupy Wall Street, citing an NYPD spokesman.

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