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Taking Times Square, Assaults by the NYPD: Photos from the Weekend

 
 
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After my companions and I left an occupied Times Square and headed to the subway at Rockefeller Center, I realized the  Fox News Ticker we passed actually put it rather poetically: these were indeed "twilight protests that jammed the streets" of Manhattan's center of commerce and tourism.

I'd never seen Times Square bustling with that kind of energy: the celebratory crush of New Years Eve or a local sports franchise winning it all, plus an added measure of defiance, radical politics, tension as cops streamed up and down the avenue, all evidenced by the reverberation of the human mic from our penned in free-speech zones across the streets, where the sidewalks were overflowing, pulsing against the barriers with more of us than they'd ever expected. Below are a few of my photos of the Times Square "occupation party."

Even more important, the slideshow at the end of the post comes courtesy of writer and activist Michael Gould-Wartofksy, who followed the protests up from Zuccotti Park to Times Square, then back down to Washington Square Park's late Saturday-night General Assembly and its eventual eviction by the cops.

He says, "Here are 80 black and white photos from Friday and Saturday, including assaults and arrests by the NYPD. Of special interest, I think, are the last 20 or so, which include the mounted police charging into the crowd at Times Square and riot police deploying to Washington Square Park."

 

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AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at October 17, 2011, 4:11am