The Occupy Wall Street movement, which seeks to highlight growing economic inequality, marched to New York’s Times Square on Saturday. The crowds were estimated to consist of thousands of people — Bloomberg claims that 6,000 were present.
Occupy Wall Street has effectively utilized social media to spread its message — the #occupywallst hashtag on Twitter helps to coordinate activities, while photos and videos of the protests are posted to YouTube, yfrog, Twitpic and other services. Some have compared the movement to the Arab Spring, in which the role of social media in organized demonstrations first became evident.
The movement has successfully used social media to coordinate, including an #occupywallst hashtag and a Twitter account, @occupywallst.
Crowds gathered in front of a familiar location: The Times Square Toys “R” Us.
The Times Square protest was one of the biggest since the movement began, numbering thousands of people at its peak.
Image credit: TheOther99 on yfrog
The Occupy Wall St movement has documented its progress through photos and videos posted to Twitter and Facebook.
This image is from TheOther99, a Twitter account that provides regular updates about #occupywallst.
This weekend the #occupywallst movement went global, with protests beginning outside the US.
Here, the news scrolls above the protests happening in Times Square.
Filmmaker Michael Moore was among the protesters, posting Twitpics (like this one) and commentary to his Twitter account.
Another shot from Michael Moore. His tweet about the situation: ‘I & others now toe 2 toe w/ the NYPD. Crowd to cops: “YOU are in the 99%!” I tell cop I have to pee.’
Moore spots a police tower in Times Square, commenting: “An extra from “The Empire Strikes Back” has shown up. Maybe I can get a better shot from up there.”
Around 70 arrests were made Saturday, according to reports, 42 of which were made in Times Square.
Protestors sat down on Broadway, chanting the slogan “Whose Square? OUR Square!”
At around 7pm ET, the crowd at Times Square proclaimed “Wall St! Times Square! Occupy Everywhere!”
The crowds appeared largest in the early evening, with the groups dispersing around midnight.
The gathering appears to have garnered more news coverage than any previous protest by the group.