Occupy Wall Street activists in New York continue to stage protest actions as they seek to rejuvenate the movement after a winter lull. On Friday, demonstrators marched through Manhattan and converged on the New York Stock Exchange at the end of the business day.
Mark Bray, Occupy Wall Street: "The closing bell of the stock exchange symbolizes the prioritization of economics over politics in our society, the fact that our politicians are more beholden to these institutions than to the people they are supposed to represent. So, by holding the people’s gong, we’re having a symbolic representation of our response. We’re saying, 'No, the priority has to be family. The priority has to be workers, students, immigrants.' That needs to be the priority, and that’s why we’re out here."
Friday’s protest was followed by a march across the Brooklyn Bridge on Sunday to mark six months since hundreds were arrested carrying out the same action. The Occupy movement is planning a number of demonstrations this month heading toward the major day of action planned for May Day, May 1st.