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Forum Post: My Eyewitness Account of what really happened on May Day in NYC

Posted 6 years ago on May 3, 2012, 2:09 p.m. EST by krmlei (103) from New York, NY
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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.



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[-] 3 points by GypsyKing (8719) 6 years ago

Thanks very much for this post. May Day WAS a huge success, probably bigger than we will ever even know!

[-] 2 points by francismjenkins (3713) 6 years ago

It was a huge success .... but of course the media isn't our friend (I mean, they're stake holders in the status quo, so their inaccurate reporting isn't exactly a big surprise).

[-] 2 points by ShubeLMorgan2 (1088) from New York, NY 6 years ago

The very fact that #Occupy got how ever many thousands of people out on a rainy work day to face what most feel is very possible police violence to reclaim the real Labor Day, which has been branded "communist" in media, school and pulpit throughout the land is success. And the very next day #Occupy was active in Brooklyn College and at Sotheby's. #Occupy is building a sizable core of revolutionary leaders (or non leaders) of great energy and devotion nationwide. That is another victory.

And #Occupy led or participated in marches and rallies and direct actions all over the country. Rome was not built in one day. #Occupy has gone far in a few months.

[-] 1 points by XenuLives (1645) from Charlotte, NC 6 years ago

Imagine if this was on a Saturday, when more people are able to be off from work...