Occupy Wall Street: Downtown taken over by living dead
If you noticed zombies shuffling through the Financial District yesterday, it wasn’t filming for a new horror movie.
Instead, it was the Occupy Wall Street protesters sending the message to those who work in the neighborhood that they are unthinking drones who act more like zombies than people.
The protesters mocked corporate jobs even as they continued to voice discontent over unemployment.
“It’s not just corporate people,” said 22-year-old Alex Krales. “A lot of us feel that it is our duty to make money all the time and completely ignore any other needs we have in life. I just quit my full-time job that had literally sucked away my soul because I felt like I needed to make money.”
But some who stopped by to watch the protesters-turned-zombies didn’t quite relate.
“It’s not fair, because you could say the same for any worker who is holding down a regular job, whether they are on Wall Street or Silicon Valley or just a 9-to-5 teacher — or anybody else for the most part,” said Rupak R., an electronic trader who works on Wall Street.
They want Ray Kelly canned
At a small press conference in front of City Hall yesterday, about 20 protesters spoke out against what they call police brutality during the arrests of some 700 protesters on the Brooklyn Bridge over the weekend.
Protester Faith Laugier said the main aggressors were police supervisors in white shirts. “To be held in these tight cuffs is cruel, inhumane treatment and I’d like to draw attention to that,” Laugier said.
Protesters again called for the resignation of Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
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