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    Posted May 2, 2012 by
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    Occupy Wall Street

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    Occupy Wall Street May Day Protest New York.


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     JoelGraham shot these photos of May 1 "May Day" Occupy protests in New York City, in solidarity with International Workers Day and other Occupy demonstrations in cities across the U.S. 'At the Vietnam memorial, a chant broke out: "Antagonize Antagonize! Antagonize!" My impression is that the Occupiers plan on sustaining their efforts until change is made,' he said. 'There is some concern that some smaller radical groups might manipulate the protests by provoking violence but I don't get the impression (just the opposite) that the Occupiers want that reputation.'
    - jmsaba, CNN iReport producer

    Thousands of Occupy Wall Street protesters began marching down Broadway in New York City at 5:30 this afternoon after a day long protest at Union Square. CBS News reports that there were approximately 30 arrests during the day but the march was essentially peaceful. Several different groups were well represented in the march including employees of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York who were among the most outspoken as they protested budget cuts.
    The tensest moments in the march took place at the corner of Broadway and Wall Street. Upon arriving, marchers found Wall Street blocked by barricades and helmeted police sitting on horses.
    It appeared that police were poised to begin making arrests at the end of Broadway. A heavy police presence wearing riot gear and holding plastic handcuffs waited for protesters before they could reach busy Water Street. The marchers avoided confrontation by heading east on Bridge Street, continuing on to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial amphitheater where thousands gathered and listened to speeches decrying economic disparity in the USA. Though police waited on surrounding streets with busses, police dogs and motor scooters, the protest continued to be peaceful as of midnight.

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