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Occupy Wall Street's Thanksgiving Plans Include Protesting

Thursday, November 24, 2011

An officer guarding Zuccotti Park, minutes before protesters flooded back in, Occupy Wall Street (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Anti-Wall Street protesters want shoppers to occupy something besides big box stores this Black Friday.

Occupy groups around the country have promised surprise actions on the biggest shopping day of the year to highlight what they feel is excessive consumption and divert business away from big chain stores.

Megan Hayes is an Occupy Wall Street organizer in New York. She said there will be some protests in the city, but she personally plans to sit the day out. "I'm going to stay home or stay with my fellow occupiers and not be a part of that mass hysteria. I don't need to buy something for Black Friday," she said.

Some retailers are opening there doors tonight, rather than waiting for midnight.

Meanwhile, protesters at Zuccotti Park got their turkey and stuffing to mark the holiday.

They also had a little dinner time squabble. A police officer told a drummer at the park to stop playing and things flared up for a short time in Zuccotti Park.

About 200 of the protesters surrounded a group of about 30 officers and began shouting.

"Why don't you stop being cops for Thanksgiving?" yelled one protester.

"Why don't you arrest the drummers in the Thanksgiving parade?" hollered another.

A van rolled up with more officers, but they hung back. The protesters, part of anti-Wall Street movement that has gripped a nation consumed by economic despair, held an impromptu forum and decided to call off the drumming.

The noisy standoff ended, and the protesters returned to their food.

With the Associated Press

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Comments [3]

Thankfully the NYPD cops held back and did not club - then arrest many of the Occupy Wall Street protestors. There has been too many incidents where NYPD cops over-reacted by beating up, pepper spraying and arresting protesters who are trying to wake up Americans to complain our nation's weak economy and our reduced quality of life that has forced us to make many sacrifices for lack of finances. One puzzling problem is why don't folks complain about banks? After all, you deposit money at less than 1% interest when it used to be 4-5% interest. Then, greedy banks lend your money out at a much higher interest rate. They keep the profit. That's their business but after all our government bailed them out with taxpayers money and in return the greedy banks lower our interest rate.

Nov. 27 2011 10:19 AM
Me

Geesh these people are nothing but trouble makers!
Telling the cop to stop being a cop for Thanksgiving? Yeah right we really need that to happen!
They should arrest the whole lot of them!
As for occupying Black Friday, if I was shopping I'd shop where I WANTED to shop, no one is going to tell me where I can and can't shop, this is still a free country people so stop trampling on other peoples rights.
These people are nothing but a bunch of overgrown kids whining about everything under the sun, grow up and get a job, lots of people have to work on Thanksgiving, its by no means anything new you bunch of cry babies.

Nov. 25 2011 10:24 AM
stan chaz from brooklyn

There's one more item to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day : the fact that we have Barack Obama as President of the United States (and as a viable candidate for re-election.....as opposed to the sorry set of rivals on the other side). Thank you Mr. President : your heart, your values, your basic decency.. are all in the right place. But... your hands are tied. Unfortunately they were tied by us, the electorate.....by not providing you with a Congress that you can work with. Instead you have a don’t-tax-the-1% Congress that instead battles you at every turn, while the people suffer.  God, they don't EVEN let you pass your own appointments. It's not Tea-publican gridlock- It's Tea-publican SABOTAGE. And then they try to pin the blame on Mr. Obama. These people have no shame...or else its been purchased by those who can afford to do so. Thankfully, Occupy Wall Street is part of an emerging grass-roots evolution that will help to both re-elect you Mr. President, and to give you a more progressive Congress. Therefore, on this Thanksgiving day,  I am thankful and grateful that you are the President Mr. Obama! And I wish you well. You STILL give me hope.

Nov. 25 2011 04:53 AM

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