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    Posted May 5, 2012 by
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Occupy Wall Street

    AlRivera and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Occupy Wall Street protests
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    The Long March Down to Wall Street

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     AlRivera has covered Occupy Wall Street since September and he says the march on May Day, May 01, 2012, was one of the biggest OWS marches he has ever seen. 'You looked down both sides and there was no end to it,' he says. He says it seemed like there were a lot of new groups and organizations that joined the May Day march in Union Square. He says emotions were also running high during the day of the protest. 'When I first got to Union Square it was a bit festive, but very politically charged. But it got pretty angry when protesters were going to set out to march and the police put up large barricades,' he says. After the barricades were erected protesters started chanting, saying they had the right to march, according to AlRivera. 'It came to the point where I thought something was going to erupt, but luckily that didn't happen,' he says.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    What began as a grey, cloudy morning soon turned to a sunny Spring day as Occupiers gathered in Bryant Park and later Union Square, readying up for the march down to Wall Street.

    Due to barricades set up around Union Square, the march initially forked and was divided in two, finally coming together a few blocks down and merging into one of the largest, longest gatherings Occupy Wall Street marches ever witnessed by New Yorkers.

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