Last year, as the weather turned cold, the violent and decidedly un-hygenic Occupy Wall Street protests fizzled out nationally. Living in tents in places like New York, Washington DC and Chicago in November and January is not a fun proposition, so the kids went home promising to be back in the spring recharged and ready for reaction.
But spring has come and gone, and there’s been no real resurgence of the Occupy protests. But surely the anniversary of the movement would be enough to bring the occupiers back into the streets for vandalism, violence and public defecation, right?
About 300 people observing the anniversary of Occupy Wall Street marched to a small concrete park in New York’s lower Manhattan that served as headquarters for the protest movement and was its birthplace.
Police patrolled the crowd Saturday and took at least a dozen people into custody near Trinity Church that borders Zuccotti Park. Police confirmed they made arrests, mostly for disorderly conduct, but they did not have a total number.
Protesters marched from Washington Square Park and headed south down Broadway to Zuccotti Park, chanting as they went. The group later thinned out.
Three hundred people in New York is not much to write home about. Especially not after the large crowds the occupiers drew last year.