Climate Action “Floods” Wall Street

Written for Truthout

Rude Mechanical Orchestra

Rude Mechanical Orchestra

Climate change activists gathered in Battery Park in New York City, meeting at 9 am on Monday morning for breakfast and music by the Rude Mechanic Orchestra. During breakfast, activists participated in a nonviolent training, followed by speakers, including Naomi Klein, Chris Hedges, Rebecca Solnit and others. People were then instructed in a practice of what the flood and sit-in of Wall Street would look like.

Police placed a holding pen to obstruct the entire block before marchers began flooding the street, allowing some buses and cars to exit as people moved in an hour earlier than the expected 12 pm time of arrival. In total, more than 3,000 people joined the massive sit-in. Three people were arrested earlier in the afternoon. The first two arrests took place at around 1 pm when a man climbed on top of a phone booth. The third arrest came at 4 pm when marchers moved toward Wall Street and Broadway. In an attempt to reach employees leaving from the financial district, activists pushed through the holding pen. One man climbed over the barricades and was then arrested.

Police were seen pushing and hitting citizens with their hands. An officer aggressively pushed myself and another photographer back as we were attempting to record the first arrest. Officer Kelly started pepper spraying protesters who were in front of the barricades, also spraying fellow officers who were standing in front of him in a push-and-pull tug between protesters.

2014 923 flood 0Officer Kelly after pepper spraying citizens. Flood Wall Street in New York City, September 22, 2014. (Photo: Palina Prasasouk / Truthout)

After nearly a nine-hour sit-in, at 7:30 pm the New York City Police Department arrested 99 people including “Frost Paw” the polar bear and two disabled people. All arrestees, except the three arrested earlier in the day were taken into custody and released in groups of five at a time.

Below are more photographs and video clips from the demonstration by the author of this story.

2014 923 flood 1Stop Climate Change #FloodWallStreet banners resembling sails. Battery Park, New York. (Photo: Palina Prasasouk / Truthout)

2014 923 flood 63,000 protesters flood Wall Street at the south street seaport. (Photo: Palina Prasasouk / Truthout)

2014 923 flood 7Protesters marching to Wall Street from Battery Park. (Photo: Palina Prasasouk / Truthout)

2014 923 flood 8Flood of activists walk along side buses as vehicles are directed to vacate Wall Street. (Photo: Palina Prasasouk / Truthout)

2014 923 flood 2Climate action activists dawning blue shirts, listen to nonviolence training. Battery Park, New York. (Photo: Palina Prasasouk / Truthout)

2014 923 flood 4Crowd listens attentively to front-line communities around the world speak, pre-march. Battery Park, New York. (Photo: Palina Prasasouk / Truthout)

2014 923 flood 5People risking arrest on hour two of massive sit-in. Wall Street, New York. (Photo: Palina Prasasouk / Truthout)

2014 923 flood 10People took turns at the People’s mic while taking Wall Street. (Photo: Palina Prasasouk / Truthout)

2014 923 flood 9Charles Helms of The Robert D. Grant United Labor Amateur Radio Association. (Photo: Palina Prasasouk / Truthout)

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