In the wake of the Scott Olsen incident in Oakland, about 100 military veterans joined in the Occupy Wall Street protest movement, marching in uniform in downtown Manhattan.
The march began at the Vietnam Veterans Plaza and ended at Zuccotti Park. Police formed a barricade between the protesters and the New York Stock Exchange entrance. The veterans were irate because Marine veteran Scott Olsen received a skull fracture in Oakland, Calif. last week in clashes with the police.
The New York City chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War joined with other uniformed veterans to form Veterans of the 99%. Several remained outside the Stock Exchange, chanting We are veterans. We are the 99%, according to The Associated Press. They also chanted corporate profits on the rise, soldiers have to bleed and die.
We're getting calls from veterans across the country who are extremely angry and appalled that someone who served two tours in Iraq got injured as a well-behaved protester,'' said Scott Kimball, according to USA Today. It's rallying vets across the country. We're just seeing the beginning of it. Kimball is a former Army specialist and Iraq war veteran who helped to coordinate Wednesday's events.
In Oakland, city officials are handling what may become a major strike, sutting down the Port of Oakland, the nation's fifth-busiest shipping port. All week, protesters have been handing out flyers reading No Work. No school. Occupy Everywhere, and Liberate Oakland and shut down the 1 Percent, according to The New York Times. Protesters plan to rally outside major banks and corporations.
From our maintenance staff, to our custodial workers, our truckers, to office workers and dock workers, the Port is where the 99 percent work, said port officials in a statement. They fear the worst, but are hoping the strike and continuous protest remains nonviolent.
So far however, there has not been any major strike. A spokesperson for the Port of Oakland maintains that they are operating business as usual, but things may change minute to minute.
We are absolutely not calling for a strike, said International Longshoreman and Warehouse Union spokesperson Craig Merrilees, according to NBC news. Reports indicate that only 40 workers had missed work.
However, the Occupy Oakland movement still maintains that it will march on the port at 5 p.m.
Resurgence in these protests comes from last week's altercations with police where Iraq War veteran, Scott Olsen, was injured. His name has become almost a rallying for the Occupy Wall Street movement across the globe.
Similar Occupy Wall Street protests plan to hold solidarity protests across the country.
The Occupy Wall Street movement stems from individuals' unsatisfactory view of corporate America. For seven weeks, protests have sprung up across the globe in solidarity with Zuccotti Park, the founding encampment of the Occupy Wall Street movement.