Dressing for a revolution

Chicago, Nato summit, the city enforces a several mile exclusion zone, leaving protestors with no target but the police. They chase each other in circles, a kind of urban sport. Frustration builds as those on the street can’t help but realize that their chants will fall on deaf ears. Trained for restraint, yet dressed to kill, the police are simultaneously frightening and absurd. With so much at stake — will the world’s wealth continue to be used for war and destruction — and so little hope for change, the events are more like rituals, with each side dressing for the occasion.

For an all together different edit, visit my work from Chicago on BagNewsNotes where Michael Shaw provides the visual commentary.

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Occupy Wall Street – October 14

The dramatic showdown between thousands of demonstrators and NYC Mayor Bloomberg was averted at the 11th hour when faced with overwhelming force, the Mayor decided the inhabitants of Zuccotti Park had sufficiently tidied themselves up, at least for the time being, and Occupation Wall Street continues. Feeling their power and wanting to celebrate, hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets and sidewalks of lower Manhattan Friday morning. In the end, the creativity and sheer numbers of the demonstrators was too much for the NYPD. A few scenes from Friday morning.

There was at least one grotesque moment of police rage captured here See 1.41 seconds. And I noticed two occasions when plain clothes suit and tie higher ups, with no visible identification or badge number, bolted from the crowd and got physical.

Saturday October 15, Occupation Wall Street moves to Times Square.
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