Occupy Wall Street Completely Took Over Union Square In A Rally Thousands Of Protesters Strong

Occupy Wall Street Mayday Protests

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What no one has been saying about today’s May Day demonstrations is that they are a New York City tradition. For years labour and progressive advocacy groups (known as the May Day Coalition) have held protests on this day, and for years they have gone unnoticed.The difference this year, of course, was Occupy Wall Street.

The fact that this was billed as the movement’s day to re-surge made observers curious to known whether they would succeed or fail. We at Business Insider, to be honest, had our doubts about whether or not the movement would draw the numbers they drew this fall.

We were wrong.

After a rainy, action packed morning filled with marches and arrests, 10 to 15 thousand demonstrators gathered in Union Square to listen to music and join an array of groups from the Transit Workers Union to SEIU for a ‘Solidarity Rally’.

“There’s a time for Occupy to do its own thing and there’s a time for us to work with other groups,” said Occupy spokesman Mark Bray. “We see days like this as an adrenaline shot for the movement.”

A helicopter was flying overhead as we got to Union Square. Generally a sign of a big police presence on the ground.

The signs were right, the police were everywhere.

When we got to the North end of the park we saw lots of protesters trickling in slowly.

They brought their usual signs, but in honour of May 1st there was also a May pole.

The top of the pole.

Some protesters took the opportunity to bust out their Spring duds.

Major style.

There were a bunch of students dressed in red for the Revolutionary Student Communist Committee.

And there were people in a band dressed in green and black, the band is called The Rude Mechanical Orchestra

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One of the major issues demonstrators were protesting about was immigration reform.

And of course, another issue was tax reform.

As we moved through the North end of the park, we figured there were a couple hundred people assembled.

When we got to the South end, we were blown away.

People had come in from everywhere and the slow trickle had turned into a deluge.

They were climbing on everything.

In short, the protest on the South end was massive.

It took us a while to get through the crowd to see who was speaking — representatives from the Taxi Drivers Union, Immigration groups, and more all had their chance on the mic.

Luckily, though, we made it to the front in time to watch Das Racist perform a few songs.

They, and Immortal Technique (who came on after them), got the crowd really hyped.

By marching time, thousands and thousands of people were excited and ready for more.

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