Occupy Wall Street Arrests On One-Year Anniversary
Police arrested demonstrators on Monday, the first anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, according to several news reports.
The New York Times reports that dozens of protesters were arrested near the New York Stock Exchange.
From the Associated Press:
NEW YORK (AP) — Occupy Wall Street protesters have been marching in small groups around Manhattan's financial district to mark the anniversary of the grass-roots movement.
About a dozen were arrested Monday after sitting on the sidewalk.
Loud chanting and the sound of drums filled the air. The demonstrators clogged traffic. Dozens of police officers and vans lined the streets.
But the protests lacked the heft of last year's Occupy events. Last year there were thousands of protesters. On Monday morning, there were a few hundred at most.
Earlier, they gathered across the street from Zuccotti Park, the site of the movement's birth.
Marches and rallies are planned in more than 30 cities worldwide.
This story is developing. Check back for updates.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke
"They blame, with some justification, the problems in the financial sector for getting us into this mess, and they're dissatisfied with the policy response here in Washington. And at some level, I can't blame them," <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/10/05/336510/bernanke-occupy-wall-street/" target="_hplink">Bernanke said during a hearing before the Joint Economic Committee</a>.
Vice President Joe Biden
"The core is the American people do not think the system is fair or on the level. That is the core of what you're seeing on Wall Street," <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/06/joe-biden-bank-america-tone-deaf_n_998055.html" target="_hplink">Biden said in a speech at the Washington Ideas Forum at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.</a> "There's a lot in common with the Tea Party. The Tea Party started why? TARP. They thought it was unfair, we're bailing out the big guys. What are the people up on the other side of the spectrum saying? The same thing."
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg
"Everyone's got a thing they want to protest, some of which is not realistic," <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1011/65416.html#ixzz1a6loZ1lc" target="_hplink">Bloomberg said on his weekly Friday radio show, The Village Voice reports.</a> "And if you focus for example on driving the banks out of New York City, you know those are our jobs ... You can't have it both ways: If you want jobs you have to assist companies and give them confidence to go and hire people."
Presidential Candidate Herman Cain
"I don't have facts to back this up, but I happen to believe that these demonstrations are planned and orchestrated to distract from the failed policies of the Obama administration," <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/06/herman-cain-occupy-wall-street_n_998092.html" target="_hplink">Cain said in an interview with the <em>Wall Street Journal</em></a>. "Don't blame Wall Street, don't blame the big banks, if you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself! It is not a person's fault if they succeeded, it is a person's fault if they failed."
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor
"If you read the newspapers today, I, for one, am increasingly concerned about the growing mobs occupying Wall Street and the other cities across the country," <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/07/eric-cantor-occupy-wall-street-mobs_n_999853.html?ref=elections-2012" target="_hplink">Cantor said at the 2011 Values Voter Summit</a>. "And believe it or not, some in [Washington], have actually condoned the pitting of Americans against Americans. But you sent us here to fight for you and all Americans."
Political Commentator Ann Coulter
"This is always the beginning of totalitarianism," <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/04/ann-coulter-occupy-wall-street-nazis_n_993744.html" target="_hplink">Coulter said in response to comments from Occupy Wall Street protestors on Fox News</a>.
Dallas Federal Reserve President Richard Fisher
"I am somewhat sympathetic -- that will shock you," <a href="http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/10/06/occupy-wall-street-finds-sympathy-in-the-fed/" target="_hplink">Fisher recently said while addressing a business group, according to the National Post</a>. "We have a very uneven distribution of income. We have too many people out of work for too long. We have a very frustrated people, and I can understand their frustration."
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner
"I feel a lot of sympathy for what you might describe as the general sense among Americans [that] we've lost a sense of possibility," <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2011/10/geithner-inexplicable-that-wall-street-turned-on-obama/246219/" target="_hplink">Geithner told <em>The Atlantic</em> in response to whether he felt sympathy for the Occupy Wall Street protests</a>.
Senator Orrin Hatch
"They're alarming, and I'll tell you we are going to get more of it," <a href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/52686232-90/hatch-occupy-obama-leaders.html.csp" target="_hplink">Hatch told reporters in Utah.</a> "We are going to have riots in this country because of what these people are doing."
Economic Columnist Paul Krugman
"What can we say about the protests?"<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/07/opinion/krugman-confronting-the-malefactors.html?_r=1" target="_hplink"> Krugman asked himself in a recent op-ed for the <em>New York Times</em></a>. "First things first: The protesters' indictment of Wall Street as a destructive force, economically and politically, is completely right."
Author Michael Lewis
"They're right to be angry, but they have to figure out what they want if they're going to have any effect," <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-05/michael-lewis-slams-wall-street-leadership-deficit-interview.html" target="_hplink">Lewis told Bloomberg in an interview</a>. "If there were specific demands, it would start to get very interesting."
Author/Filmmaker Michael Moore
"These people on Wall Street ripped off the future of many of these young people here and their not-yet-born children," <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/09/27/national/main20112025.shtml" target="_hplink">Moore said at the protests, CBS reports.</a> "It was the greatest heist, certainly of my lifetime. This protest has to start somewhere, and it might as well have started here."
President Barack Obama
"I think people are frustrated, and the protestors are giving voice to a more broad-based frustration as to how our financial system works," <a href="http://www.ny1.com/content/news_beats/politics/148485/obama-offers-first-remarks-on--occupy-wall-street--protesters" target="_hplink">President Obama said in a recent press conference</a>.
Presidential Candidate Buddy Roemer
"As I continue touring college campuses throughout New Hampshire, I am reminded of all the young Americans currently taking part in the Occupy Wall Street movement," <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/05/buddy-roemer-occupy-wall-street_n_996963.html" target="_hplink">Roemer said recently in a statement</a>. "Please know that I stand by you."
"The Daily Show" Host Jon Stewart
"So, rage against duly elected government is patriotic -- quintessentially American -- whereas rage against multi-national shareholder-accountable corporations is anti-American. OK, gotcha," <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/06/jon-stewart-compares-occupy-wall-street-tea-party_n_997825.html" target="_hplink">Stewart said on "The Daily Show" in response to Fox News host Sean Hannity's criticism of Occupy Wall Street</a>.
Economist Joseph Stiglitz
"The fact that you are not allowed to use a megaphone on a Sunday is outrageous!" <a href="http://bwog.com/2011/10/03/stiglitz-speaks-at-occupy-wall-street/" target="_hplink">Stiglitz said during a speech at the protest referring to a weekend law against megaphones in Zuccotti Park, according to Columbia University's BWOG</a>. "We have too many regulations stopping democracy and not enough regulations stopping Wall Street from misbehaving. You should have the right to peacefully demonstrate your views and not be arrested and not be sprayed with pepper spray.".