Occupy Wall Street roared back to life on Wednesday as ten protesters were arrested in a day of resurgent OWS rallies.
The two protests attracted as many as 200 people, according to an Agence France-Presse estimate, to a pair of protests as the New York Public Library and the world headquarrers of Pfizer Inc., the world's largest pharmaceutical company.
Dozens of police officers showed up to patrol the protests, and they followed along as the protesters marched from Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan near the main library branch to the Pfizer headquarters, arresting two protesters along the way, according to Reuters, which put the number of protest attendees at just 50.
The OWS supporters spoke out against Pfizer's lobbying efforts to get tax breaks for big businesses and corporations:
Shame on Pfizer! You're a bunch of liars! Reuters said protestors chanted out front of Pfizer's headquarters.
Pfizer responded after the protests by saying in a statement obtained by Reuters that it does engage in activities with legislative organizations but that it does so only to advance the health of all Americans.
One protester was arrested during today's Pfizer and library rallies, while eight people were arrested for being in Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan with sleeping bags last night or early this morning, and anther was nabbed for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct later Wednesday, a police spokesman told Reuters. Zuccotti Park is the former headquarters of the Occupy Wall Street, but NYPD officers kicked protesters out of the site late last year, putting a temporary symbolic end to the protest movement.
But OWS appears to be roaring back to life, as new posters bearing Occupy, economic equality and anti-police-brutality messages have gone up across New York City over the last couple weeks. Lower Manhattan has been blanketed in posters bearing a photo of a police officer beating a protester. The cop's face appears to have been replaced with the visage of NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, and the caption reads You Work For Us.
The protests on Wednesday were the New York iteration of rallies planned nationwide with the goal of re-vamping the OWS movement.
Reuters interviewed Jennifer Roberts, a 44-year-old New Jersey painter, who held up a sign reading I can't afford to get sick during the rally at Pfizer's headquarters:
I've lived the bulk of my adult working life without insurance, Roberts told Reuters. I feel it's very important to pursue a single payer system for this country.