Occupy Wall Street is back, baby!
The OWS movement -- which has been mostly dormant in the early quarter of 2012 -- looks to make a big splash by protesting across New York City.
And New York City, in response, will look to contain the movement. As May Day also happens to correspond with the first anniversary of the killing of Osama Bin Laden, NYPD is already on high alert, with heavily-armed police roaming NYC's biggest landmarks (including the World Trade Center site, which sits a block away from Zuccotti Prk, OWS' iconic home base).
To give you a sense of the way the city is handeling the May Day protests, announced on the NYC public tansit MTA M60 bus from Laguardia Airport today was a message saying, "Due to Occupy May Day protests, expect delays in Manhattan."
Below is a complete itinerary on the OWS protests as well as a live blog covering the event:
UPDATES: 6:15 p.m. Massive crowds near Astor Place:
3:45 p.m. According to Business Insider, hundreds of Occupy protestors gathered near Roosevelt Park this afternoon, where our reporter Michael Kelley tells us there were at least five "very physical" arrests.
3:00 p.m. Arrests on the Lower East Side: According to the New York Times, at about 1:30 p.m. a few hundred protesters who had assembled on the Lower East Side at Sara D. Roosevelt Park began heading east, crossing Forsyth Street. They were met by a line of police officers who pushed them back, grabbed people out of the crowd, threw them to the ground and arrested at least four of them while trying to wrest a large banner away from the marchers.
Officers then plunged into the crowd gathered on the south side of Houston Street, at the north end of the park, pushing protesters and journalists alike and making further arrests. The crowd took off running south through the park and east onto Forsyth Street.
Protesters were also arrested on the Williamsburg Bridge, but as of 2:10 p.m. the Police Department said it had no information on any arrests associated with the protests on Tuesday.
12:15 p.m. Are things about to get heavy? Occupy tweet: BREAKING: need more ppl at 41st and park, 7 police vans full of riot police, and NYPD is starting to kettle!
10:53 a.m. OWS is in Bryant Park: There are also other national protests happening today. As Peter Rothberg of The Nation reports: The most militant of the Occupy groups, Occupy Oakland, is planning to occupy the Golden Gate Bridge at 6 a.m. followed by a series of direct actions facilitated at three announced strike stations: the anti-capitalist station at Snow Park, the anti-patriarchy station at 1st & Broadway and the anti-gentrification at 22nd & Telegraph. (There’s also a fourth station that is not being advertised.) All morning pickets, occupations and autonomous actions are expected to leave from these locations from 8:30 a.m. until the reconvergence at noon. The Strike Stations should be active and will offer free sustenance like food, snacks, water, coffee and medical supplies. At 3 p.m. there’ll be a broad march starting at the Fruitvale BART station.
10 a.m. The May Day Concept: As the Wall Street Journal reports, Occupy Wall Street organizers have made Manhattan’s Bryant Park and Union Square the central rallying points for two major marches, with more than 50 smaller pickets set for locations throughout Midtown.
The protest organizers see Tuesday’s events as the opening of a new era for the movement, with a reinvigorated alliance between Occupy Wall Street activists, the labor movement and immigrant-rights organizations that will extend past May Day and into the coming months.
OWS in Midtown:
9 a.m. OWS in Bryant Park, in Midtown Manhattan.