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.