Occupy Wall Street’s May Day Protest In 40 Images

A picture log of the May 1st, 2012 protest that was loud, impressive, and mostly sent a lot mixed signals. See for yourself!

1. Bryant Park, the morning meeting spot where the crowd gathered until 2 p.m.

Drum circles and chanting abound, for hours.

5. Union Square, the afternoon gathering area where the masses grew until the 5:30 p.m. march down Broadway.

The event was deemed “family friendly”, something very different about this go-round.

The “V” mask was probably the number one accessory seen, aside from face-covering bandanas and picket signs.

Guess how many balloons. Just guess.

NYPD, just off of Broadway, await the by now ginormous crowd about to march.

12. Broadway, the marching zone. The path was heavily monitored by Police who, to their credit, really kept their cool this time.

Several workers unions led the way, including taxi drivers.

No explanation for you, sorry. He wouldn’t say a word to our reporter Rosie.

Even though things remained pretty calm throughout, many protesters were angered by the police’s mere presence. This actually caused most of the minor scuffles that did occur.

On that newspaper he’s holding are meme-style grievances. Strangely, very few people were lol-ing.

The first of only a few outbursts. Raucous noise came from all surrounding protesters any time they believed one of their fellows was being treated unfairly, or violently.

This is NYPD’s cavalry, posted at Broadway and Wall St., just in case.

This is what pretty much everyone who wasn’t participating looked like at one point or another.

His sign says “eat the rich”.

A much, much less significant picture than it looks like. The NYPD riot-wagon was only mistakenly called into action and quickly retreated.

The Wall St. Bull, overtaken by protesters.

The crowd finally enters the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Park between Standard and Poor and J.P. Morgan Chase, “two of the worst offenders”, according to one of the speakers.

They used a method of communication that developed all day called “the people’s mic”. The originator spoke their words and then the crowd repeated in 3 shouting waves, according to how far away they were from the source. In theory, it allowed many singular people without amplification to communicate loudly- in practice, it mostly fell apart at or after the 2nd wave.

Photos by Michael Schmidt

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