Dramatic Pictures From Wednesday's OCCUPY WALL STREET Comeback Rally

Occupy Wall Street

Photo: Robert Johnson — Business Insider

After watching occupations get shut down across the country last fall, the media left Occupy Wall Street for dead. The public, in general, did as well.But today they tried to convey that they were not dead, just asleep. Hibernating for the winter if you will.

And then we, here at Business Insider, started hearing stories: Occupy Wall Street is getting a huge donation from Ben and Jerry’s. Occupy Wall Street had a march on the 28th and Susan Sarandon was there. Occupy Wall Street is planning to slowly get the ball rolling again with another march on February 29th called ‘Shut Down The Corporations’, and they know the NYPD is getting ready for them to move.

From the NYPDs memo (via The Occupied WSJ):

“At this time, there does not appear to be a concrete tactical plan for this demonstration, however the event’s main website recommends a number of non-violent tactics, including: “sit-ins, strikes, blockades, boycotts, banner drops, culture jamming, and performance.”

Obviously, the NYPD didn’t seem confident about the movement, but we went to see if it would succeed or flop. Plus, we heard Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi was going to be there.

So we went out — needless to say the weather didn’t cooperate. It was cold and rainy all morning as protesters met in Bryant Park and convened with the Transit Workers Union (the first union to support them in the fall).

And then they started marching…

We happened upon the protesters on 42nd St as they made their way to Pfizer

Easily more than 100 people were on hand chanting those OWS slogans we heard so much last fall

It seemed like everyone had an apple. Apparently they were handing them out in Bryant Park as marchers formed up.

But it wasn't a trap and everyone just turned around and went back the way they came

The crowd looked pretty much like it did at Zuccotti Park last fall

Pfizer's security was not impressed

Most protesters seemed to be having a good time as they left the Pfizer entrance and went back to 42nd Street

Until they realised that they'd been split from another part of the group

This called for much discussion on whether everyone should head back to Bryant or somehow join the splinter group. This guy called for crossing the street.

He prevailed and this officer stood in the middle of the lanes filming everyone who crossed

This protester whizzed by the police blowing that whistle and urging protesters on. Remember him, he makes a star appearance later.

Across the street, the scene tensed up and it looked like arrests were imminent

But the crowd fell back to the corner and gathered here in front of Bank of America

And from there to Wells Fargo

And then it was more marching back to Bryant Park to hear Matt Taibbi speak

Across from the New York library the guy in the orange coat suddenly rushed against the flow of people with the police close behind

No idea where he thought he could hide with all that orange, but officers quickly caught him

The first arrest of the day

He seemed to panic a bit after his initial sarcastic comments and called out someone's name

This guy watched it all with a rather professional looking camera

And then it was back to marching to Bryant

This is clearly where the apples came from

It rained harder and got colder while Taibbi was talking about the evils of B of A

And then it was over, except for the shivering police and the remaining protesters wandering through the park

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