For about two months now, a number of protesters have moved into lower Manhattan and dubbed themselves the “Occupy Wall Street” movement. Their main base of operations is Zuccotti Park, which lies next to Broadway and Cedar Street. For those who do not know Manhattan, the park is basically about as far downtown as you can get. The space, which was formerly a quiet, outdoor, place to enjoy lunch or take in a bit of nature in the middle of a concrete jungle, has now been befouled and desecrated by citizens who do not even have a clear picture of who their antics are truly affecting.
The “Occupy” movement’s creed, according to their website, is that they represent “the 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%.” The website further claims that they are using the “Arab Spring” tactic in order to “achieve [their] ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.” The “Arab Spring” tactic refers to the wave of protests in the Arab world that began last December and resulted in the leaders of Egypt and eventually Libya being overthrown. Unfortunately, this mission statement has either been forgotten or deliberately ignored by the group, as there have been a number of incidents that prove this “non violent” protest that “maximizes the safety” of participants is neither non-violent nor safe to its own members.