Occupy Wall Street protesters have been under attack this week. Trouble has flared in many countries and eviction notices have been served Paying massive salary bills for police officers to carry out evictions has been costly. It has painted a picture of a society that is far from as free as some would claim.
Freedom however, as we all really know, is only available within the laws of the land. Most protesters have followed those laws leading some governments to look at reducing freedom of speech and changing laws.
Today media sources have reported that mass protests have taken place in New York. Rallies were underway in many US cities in support of the Occupy protest movement. In New York alone, at time of writing more than 300 protesters had been arrested.
As march had been planned but after this week's Zuccotti Park evictions rallies were planned to offer support. The numbers of protesters heading onto the Brooklyn Bridge were reported to have been increased by Union activists. Police let the majority of protesters pass only arresting those who failed to keep to the pathway, preferring the road instead.
The BBC has reported on the rallies stating that:
On the whole Thursday night in New York had a festive atmosphere. Passing car drivers honked their horns in support and the Verizon skyscraper, close to the bridge had "Happy Birthday OWS" projected on to it, and "We are the 99 percent". It seem that in spite of the authorities best efforts OWS will not go. At least not yet,
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog