Occupy Washington Square Park Yesterday – Arch, Fountain and Lawns Off Limits – Over Reaction by City?

Arch and Fountain Fenced Off

Arch fenced off

Fountain Off Limits

Lawn fenced off

Parks PEP worker guards lawn

The Crowd

General Assembly

The Scene

Actor Mark Ruffalo giving an interview

CNN on the Fountain Plaza

Speaker from Working Group

Police guarding the Arch

NYPD at the Arch

the lawn - do not enter

Cameras

Free Food & Water

Free Hugs

View Past the Fountain to the Arch

The Arch

Photos from yesterday at Washington Square where Occupy Wall Street temporarily took over the park.

The group held a “General Assembly” and encouraged participants to join working groups. A speaker stated “we want to hold political and economic elites accountable. In the process of direct democracy, there is no hierarchy.” It’s a process where we are “all responsible along with a responsibility for each other. The process is meant to empower each and every voice.”

The speaker said, “Since [we started] September 17th, we were waiting to come to Washington Square Park to spread, with your help, this movement.

Actor Mark Ruffalo was doing an interview by the Fountain and hung around for awhile. One thing he said — “[I recognize] When I’m losing hope, it’s because I’m not doing enough.”

Overall however — a bit of an over reaction on the part of the City? Arch and Fountain and Lawns all fenced off and under NYPD and PEP (Parks Enforcement Patrol) watch.

The top of the Arch reads: “Let us raise a standard to which the wise and the honest can repair. The event is in the hand of God. – Washington.”

More at WSP Blog on Occupy Wall Street.

Also see Occupy Wall Street web site.

Photos: Cathryn.

Occupy Washington Square Park * Saturday, October 8th 3 p.m.

Updated 10/8, 7:35 a.m. — Occupy Wall Street moves slightly uptown to Washington Square Park Saturday, October 8th 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Billed as “Democracy in the Park” and “We take back Washington Square Park.”

Here’s Gather.com initial story (tho’ apparently since this was published, OWS now has permit from city’s Parks Department).

Info now on the Occupy Wall Street web site.