Hundreds of occupiers flocked to Zuccotti Park on Wednesday, July Eleventh to celebrate the arrival of the Guitarmy in New York City. The Guitarmy is a group of occupiers and musicians who sing and play instruments while marching in numbers.
About sixty members of the group had just completed a Ninety-Nine Mile March from Philadelphia where the Occupy National Gathering had just taken place. The march commemorated the hundredth birthday of Woody Guthrie.
Police instigated a conflict shortly after the Guitarmy arrived in liberty plaza, arresting drummer Brandon Hunt as he played on the site of the Occupy Wall Street drum circle in Liberty Plaza. As Occupiers rushed to the West side of the park, the police also arrested a photographer, and seized both his camera and his dog. One protester, Mary Hath Spokane, well known for her Lady Liberty costume, collapsed in the park. Some onlookers said she had been pushed by police as she tried to intervene in one of the arrests. The fire department later claimed she had fainted.
Later, the police and Brookfield Security tried to stop the occupiers from feeding pasta to those assembled. High ranking security made the ludicrous claim that it was a violation of park rules to have food in the park. Local residents and workers constantly dine in the park, often on food purchased from carts lining Cedar Street on the South side of the park and across the street on Broadway. The cops and guards chose to back off but shortly thereafter rushed a homeless man for laying down on a bench. Later in the evening they arrested the livestreamer known as JCOZ, and forced out of the park Marsha Spencer, a resident who often knits there, saying she was not allowed to bring her folding chair.
Published on Jul 28, 2012 by OccupyTVNY
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