Occupy Wall Street Photojournal: Come to Manhattan!

by Kenneth Lipp

A cross-section of America has gathered in New York City to demand an end to the deference given to corporations and greed over people and needs.

“We are here to kill war.” Bukowsi
Photographs from the first 5 days of Occupy Wall Street.

Photos by Joanne Stocker

I watched a young man dragged across the pavement for merely asserting himself, physically passive, in his right to protect his (and all of our) personal belongings.

Tuesday morning at around 7:30 a.m., Eastern Standard time, New York City Police officers instigated an assaultive confrontation with peaceful protestors in Zuccotti Park, camping a few blocks away from the Broadway intersection with Wall Street.

After a night of threatening rain forecasts, in which protestors participating in ‘Occupy Wall Street‘ industriously secured the entire encampment’s belongings by tarping nap sacks, sleeping bags, a portable generator, and untold laptops, live-streaming camera equipment, and almost definitely iron-on Anarchy “A” jacket patches, the first drizzling patter pelted the vinyl.

Not until this moment, long after their work was behind them and they had begun the business of herding ideological jello into a staggering but determined army of chanters, did the transient missionaries in what is now dubbed Liberty Square need to worry about their belongings, indeed their personal, conditional security.

I witnessed the following:

We can consider ourselves in a state of open hostilities with New York City authorities.

Come to Manhattan!

Editor’s Note:  Kenneth Lipp is a researcher in both primate and human genetics, and writes regularly on issues of public health and international health care policy. He has published research on telomere attrition and cellular aging in various peer-reviewed publications, and is an avid advocate of human rights.

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