Occupy Regroups After NY Eviction: What's Next?
As the cities across the nation crack down on Occupy encampments protesting economic inequality, the question remains: Can protesters channel their anger into action?
Protesters who were camped out in Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan for nearly two months were kicked out early Tuesday morning by police citing sanitary issues, and about 200 people were arrested. Protesters returned to the park and a small group spent the night without their tents trying to stay awake. Protesters were allowed to come back to the park but were not allowed to camp out.
"This is going to make us stronger. We're going to regroup," Occupy Wall Street finance committee member Peter Dutro told ABC News.
Now protesters are trying to find a way to keep up the movement’s momentum now that they are running out of places to occupy.
Many Occupy nodes have popped up on university campuses, including UC Berkeley. The Berkeley protests include many from the now shut-down Occupy camp in Oakland, which has witnessed the most police-involved violence of any of the occupations.
As Cara Buckley writes in the New York Times, though, the movement is thinking about things other than space to stay true to its aims.
Organizers are deepening ties with community groups and concentrated actions like mass bank withdrawals, Buckley reports.
Still, some acknowledged that the crackdowns by the authorities in New York and other cities might ultimately benefit the movement, which may have become too fixated on retaining the territorial footholds, they said.
“We poured a tremendous amount of resources into defending a park that was nearly symbolic,” said Han Shan, an Occupy Wall Street activist in New York. “I think the movement has shown it transcends geography.
Demonstrators in Los Angeles marched Tuesday night to L.A. Live in solidarity with those who were kicked out of Zuccotti Park.
The Occupy Los Angeles group, Neon Tommy reported last week, may soon become one of the focal points of the Occupy movement. The L.A. encampment is noted for having been one of the most peaceful major protest groups.
Indeed, as the L.A. Times reported, the L.A. camp remains “mellow,” even amid anger over the Zuccotti Park eviction.
"L.A.'s a lot tougher than them -- we're really hard to scare," protester Teri Adaju told the L.A. Times. "You know L.A. It would take a lot to create panic."
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