Here's What Happened At The Beginning Of Occupy Wall Street's Big May Day Protests This Morning

Occupy Wall Street May Day

On a rainy May Day morning, the resurgence of Occupy Wall Street picked up momentum as hundreds of protestors came out to march against inequity, with the goal of “shutting down the 1%.”

The morning started off in Bryant Park, where protestors organised themselves into groups to march to different midtown Manhattan offices of large corporations or financial firms. Targets noted on an OWS handout included Bank of America building next to Bryant Park, hedge fund manager John Paulson’s office, Pfizer, Sotheby’s Auction House, among many others.┬áThe protest encouraged participants to take the day off from jobs, shopping, school, etc.

Although initially chaotic, the midtown demonstrations remained relatively peaceful and calm. (We only heard about one arrest in the midtown area). But the mobile protest was only the beginning of a whole day of May Day demonstrations. By 10 am, part of the demonstrations in midtown Manhattan had died down preparation for moving downtown.

Business Insider was on site to record exactly what happened in photos. And be sure to keep following us later in the day, we’ll be covering all the on-goings of May Day as the demonstrations gather in speed and protestors.

The picketers gathered at Bryant Park to organise themselves around 8 am. There were creative signs, crazy costumes and a small marching band.

Protestors then split up into separate groups to protest different locations, there were units for BofA, News Corp and HSBC.

Almost immediately, police arrested one protester standing in the intersection of 42nd St. and 6th Ave. Fellow protestors said he was a Vietnam veteran.

Meanwhile, bankers inside the building watched the demonstration.

The News Corp demonstration also included the cutest protester we saw. She was marching with a family member and had a very deep question for Wall Streeters..

The protest was lively, but not chaotic. The police on standby didn't seem too worried.

An hour after the initial pandemonium, things had slowed down at the BofA building too.

Around 10 a.m., protestors began regrouping back at Bryant Park and preparation for the protest to move downtown.

Most importantly, there was food! We spied lots of bread, cakes and a huge dish of hard boiled eggs.

But it wasn't over! One restless group of protestors asked for volunteers to continue the demonstration up 6th Ave.

And so we went, and found a large group of protesters still going strong in front of the offices of hedge funder John Paulson.

The group was passing out these anti-hedge fund signs since they were at Paulson's office.

Everyone had their own personal signs.

This protester had a message for Mayor Bloomberg.

Union workers were there too, fighting for their rights.

This protester told us we were more likely to be killed by a police officer than a terrorist, citing a government health organisation's website.

Afterwards, the group continued up 6th Ave., but we left the protest to follow its trails elsewhere.

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