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Occupy Union Square

What I do praise are the people that came out dressed up and full of energy like the woman dressed in a burka who was bringing attention to the Arab Spring.

Story and Photos by Christian Torres

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Can it be so? Is it possible? Has the movement dwindled? As I walked around taking photos on the first official night of Occupy Union Square, things seemed a little… Quiet. So much so it was difficult to separate the normal Union Square park residents from the protesters. Not too long ago at least twenty percent of the city was attending the protest at Zuccotti Park. If there were a hundred people attending this “occupation”, I would have been surprised.

There was am Iraq war veteran standing on a crate with a megaphone chanting, as well as a group of people putting together a huge statue of liberty puppet, which they then walked around the park a couple of times without much of a following. Another man sat making signs for people to purchase for ninety-nine cents as backwards as that seems.

Occupy photo©Christian Torres

I am all for people standing up to the government, but demands need to be spaced out and achieved one by one. I am not against the occupy movement; just against disorganization and unclear goals. Simply shouting in public areas is not going to change anything. We can all scream at the top of our lungs at the government about our own causes. There is no purpose if everyone is not saying the same thing and agreeing on the same solutions.

What I do praise are the people that came out dressed up and full of energy like the woman dressed in a burka who was bringing attention to the Arab Spring. I salute the man dressed in an engineer’s outfit furiously slamming big oil companies. Protestors who carry the torch and continue to make noise even though things have definitely fallen silent are warriors fighting for all of us while the ones responsible ignore the noise.

Keep the Occupy movement alive, even if it has to change or restructure. Without it, things will only get worse.

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