Although the people occupying Zuccotti Park on Wall Street started out a small group, the chronicled actions of the NYPD toward protesters combined with a Radiohead hoax have significantly raised their numbers as well as their public profile.
On Friday, Sept. 30, a false rumor spread that the band Radiohead, in town to play two sold-out shows at Roseland Ballroom, would be stopping by the encampment to play an acoustic set, leading thousands of fans to descend on the park. "There was no bad outcome to this," said the protester behind the rumor, who wished to remain anonymous. "Radiohead fans are exactly the kind of people who have been saying, 'I've been meaning to go check out the protest anyway.'"
Additionally this past Saturday, Oct. 2, during a planned march to the Brooklyn Bridge over 700 protesters were arrested. The Occupy Wall Street website reports that they believe the NYPD deliberately misled them in order to mass-arrest protesters. The protesters, however, have many upcoming marches and meetings planned, including Wednesday, Oct. 5, which they have declared "National Student Walk-Out Day." The Occupy Wall Street group has sparked similar assemblies in cities across the U.S., including Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago.
Photo caption: After Radiohead was a no show earlier in the week and roughly 700 of their compatriots were arrested on Saturday, Oct. 1, Occupy Wall Street supporters were out in full force on Sunday, Oct. 2, at their base in Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan. Photo by George Denison
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