Live Blog: May Day Protesters Take to the Streets for a Day Without the 99%, Arrests Begin

Happy MayDay, readers! A full schedule of event in New York City can be found here. Keep this page open for the very latest, up-to-the-minute reports, images and tweets from the streets of New York, Oakland and more.

Live Blog:

Read from the bottom up for updates from Twitter and on the ground.

6:00pm. Some crowd estimates and other observation as OWS marches in NYC and Oakland:

5:15pm. Some updates from the Twitters:

4:45pm. In NYC, speakers and musicians taking the stage in Union Square. And in DC? So far, nada (march scheduled for this evening).

3:30pm. Uh oh, looks like the police action is heating up, both in NYC and in Oakland:

3:15pm. Some pictures from on the ground near Union Square:

2:45pm. Marchers are on the move in NYC. We're hearing that the crowd is impressive. Meanwhile:

2:35pm. A dispatch from the "guitarmy," and AlterNet's Josh Holland checks in from the actions in Oakland: 

2:20pm. Some updates from AlterNet staffers and friends, as the sun comes out for protesters in NYC:

1:50pm. And a helpful, very official crowd estimate from Bryant Park:

1:45pm. AlterNet's Anna Lekas Miller reports from the "wildcat strike":

1:15 pm. A bunch of actions are going down all over NYC:

A "wildcat strike" is beginning down at Houston Street, a "guitarmy" is amassing at Bryant Park, and an immigrants rights march is heading to Chipotle in Midtown.

1pm. Philly represents:

12:46 pm.  A huge number of police are showing up for every protester:

Sarah Jaffe's report from the morning's actions is here.

12:20pm. Uneasiness, kettling, reported. Clashes with NYPD beginning?

Noon. The Midwest is in the house. Some tweets from Joe Macare of Occupy Chicago and Truthout, including a livestream link.

11:30 am.Molly Knefel reports calm, growing crowds at Bryant Park:

Arrest count, approximately 11 a.m: According to the livestreams above, at least five people have been arrested so far, but that's unconfirmed. Others on Twitter say only two arrests.

AlterNet's Sarah Jaffe witnessed one arrest in midtown at the 99 pickets event.

Testy encounters with the police at the 99 Pickets Events:

But all is calm at the "pop-up occupation" at Bryant Park and a the start of a march in Brooklyn, heading to Manhattan:

Good morning LA! Things are taking off on the West Coast:

AlterNet's Sarah Jaffe is tweeting from the "99 Pickets" actions in Midtown New York:

The day begins:

NYPD in riot gear #m1nyc #ows #mayday on Twitpic

And updates from readers on Twitter:

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer, Lauren Kelley

Posted at May 1, 2012, 4:27am

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