Alarmingly, few actually demonstrating in New York know the reason for the protest. That is unfortunate when you realize that as a consequence of their reasonless protest more than 80 people have been arrested. Those arrested appear to articulate no particular reason for the protest with the exception of possibly the generic canned response, "corporate greed."
Furthermore, when you ask the protesters for a reason why two police officers were hurt ( one hospitalized for a head injury), again they are at a loss for explanations. Are the police over paid? Are they part of corporate greed? Give me a break. 42 people were arrested in Times Square after being warned repeatedly to disperse. Three others were arrested trying to take down police barriers. Two dozen people were arrested at a Citibank branch after they refused a manager's request to leave. (Was it Citibank that forced the protesters to spend money that they did not have? ) Five others were arrested for wearing masks. (If you have nothing to hide and are proud to be seen protesting, than why do you want to hide your identity?)
10 people were loaded into a police van from Manhattan park after police repeatedly told them the park closed at midnight. (In these times of recession, should the City really have to pay overtime to the police so they can protect protesters violating the law?)
And the movement of ignorance is spreading. On October 15, 2011, Occupy Vancouver protest boasted 2000 participants. When asked why they were protesting, some agreed, "America is greedy." Others shared the most common reason given by American Protesters, "I dunno."
Here is a little suggestion for protesters. If you want to end capitalism, have the guts to come out and state what you really want. If you want a socialistic society where everyone makes the same amount regardless of their job or the quality of the work, than say so. Vote your conscious. If you can't get the candidates you want elected, than either try again or move to a socialistic country that has the economic and political system you want. If that is too tough for you, than protest in such a fashion that the rest of the country doesn't have to pay for your little temper tantrum that you insist in exhibiting in public. And by the way, find some leaders who can articulate what the heck you are protesting for. Us veteran protesters from the Vietnam War days are embarrassed by your lack of goals, organization and ability to use the English language.
Update 10-19-11: “Don’t blame Wall Street. Don’t blame the big banks. If you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself.” Herman Cain
Update 11-1-11: Former Marine Scott Olsen suffered a skull fracture after an Oakland protest turned violent the night of Oct. 25. More than 15 local public safety agencies were called in to assist the Oakland Police Department, including the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department. Activists claim to have identified at least three San Francisco deputies in video shot during the raid. Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: LINK.
Update 11-3-11: More violence in Oakland. A protest shut down the Port of Oakland in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement started off peaceful. However, after dark it became violent after several protestors broke into a vacant building. Police in riot gear arrested dozens of protesters after several downtown windows were broken and sprayed with graffiti. In addition several fires were set. At least four protesters were hospitalized. One protestor fought with a police officer. Several officers were also injured but there is no report of them needing medical attention.
Update 11-14-11: New York City Police raided Zuccotti Park around 1 a.m. Tuesday morning. They evicted protesters, cleared the park and arrest those that stood in their way. Police said that the 2-month-old camp must be temporarily emptied for cleaning, citing "health and fire safety" hazards.