The number of Wall Street occupiers has dwindled from the initial 2,000 on Saturday to around 200, while some dispute over the number exists, as the protest entered its fifth day after violent arrests were made by the police.
While the turnout was much smaller than the number anticipated to participate, Occupy Wall Street, a leaderless resistance movement, is now calling those in Northern California to participate in the growing occupation in San Francisco, now that the financial district in lower Manhattan is being disrupted by fervent protesters.
Wednesday morning, newly posted on Occupy Wall Street website was an invitation to the weekend at Liberty Plaza, with the following comments:
You have fought all the wars. You have worked for all the capitalists. You have wandered over all the countries. Have you harvested the fruits of your labors, the price of your victories? Does the past comfort you? Does the present smile on you? Does the future promise you anything? Have you found a piece? of land where you can live like a human being and die like a human being? On these questions, on this argument, and on this theme, the struggle for existence, the people will speak.
They are determined to set up beds, kitchens and barricades to occupy Wall Street for a few months in the hopes of ending corporate greed.
On Tuesday afternoon, two members of Occupy Wall Street media team were arrested by New York Police Department, along with one unnamed individual. The total arrests on the fourth day of the protest were allegedly
2 members of #OccupyWallStreet media team & another person arrested for trying to use a tarp to protect communications equipment from rain, AnonOps tweeted.
The live video feed media team is taking a beating: 3 days of full coverage, two arrested this AM, equipment breaking, no help. Stop sending pizza. There's a mountain of it. Send a Canon HV-20 and Dell 1525 laptop batteries and chargers, reads a statement from Anonymous.
Protesters were arrested after they objected to the police removing a tarp that was protecting our media equipment from the rain, according to Occupy Wall Street's website.
The police said that the tarp constituted a tent, in spite of it not being a habitat in any way.
After a protester was arrested for sitting on a bullhorn, then the police began to indiscriminately attempt to arrest protesters, many of them unsheathed their batons, in spite of the fact that the protest remained peaceful, claimed the site.
The food donation from all over the world has exceeded $10,000 as pizza, falafels etc. were ordered online and sent to feed the hungry protesters.