Protesters from Occupy Wall Street held the “Millionaires March” this afternoon, visiting the residences of Manhattan's wealthiest residents on the Upper East Side. From our count, the march consisted of approximately 200 protesters, 50 NYPD officers, and countless federal agents. With photographers and the media nearly outnumbering protesters, it was clear the “Millionaires March” would make a national media splash.
Marchers visited the buildings of JP Morgan CEO Jaimie Diamond, hedge fund manger John Paulson, and News Corp’s Rupert Murdoch. At each stop, the protesters offered a symbolic $5 billion check to the residents.
Participants in the march had a more clean-cut look than those who have camped out at Zuccotti Park for weeks. The route took the marchers through some of the more up-scale neighborhoods of Manhattan, including Fifth Avenue’s “Museum Mile.” Curious residents, tourists, and onlookers snapped pictures and looked amused at the jovial march. Protesters were followed by a drum and cowbell, singing “Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye).”
While protesters chanted in front of Paulson’s building, one incredibly tan resident sporting a t-shirt reading "Martha’s Vineyard" and wearing bathing trunks, contemplated ways to enter his crowded doorway, and decided instead to wait it out at Starbucks.
Photo Credit: Chris Altchek