Posted 6 years ago on May 3, 2012, 2:09 p.m. EST by krmlei
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Occupy May Day NYC draws enormous crowds: Blocking streets and closing Broadway Edit article
The entire breadth of Broadway between Union Square and Wall Street was closed down for what may have been tens of thousands of protestors marching in solidarity for the Occupy Wall Street movement. Many streets and sidewalks were blocked around Union Square as people converged for the Solidarity Rally with live music by Das Racist, Immortal Technique, Tom Morello and Them.
May Day protests had a slow start as hundreds of protestors gathered at various parts of the city. Bryant Park was the site of a "pop-up occupation," with meditation and chanting as well as free exchange shops, interactive art projects, performances and workshops. Grammy Award winning guitarist Tom Morello invited people to join his Guitarmy March, a group of people armed with guitars to march down to Union Square.
A short 20 blocks further down south, people were gathering from all parts of the city. The crowd quickly grew into the thousands as Unions, progressive groups, schools, workers, and neighbors came to gather at the south side of Union Square park for the evening rally. By about 6 p.m. the crowd around Union Square grew to what may have been 20,000 people, which may be the highest record of attendance for any May Day or Occupy Wall Street rally in New York City.
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Later reports have moved the figure of attendance up to 50,000 or more!
Strangely some initial news actually published that the figure was in the hundreds and even claimed it was a failure. Check out this CNN opinion report:
As more and more pictures of May Day get published on the internet with more eyewitness reports, the argument that Occupation May Day is a failure just isn't going to have any steam left.