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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!

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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.


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


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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