Tensions Escalate As Riot Police Surround Occupy Wall Street Protestors Refusing To Disperse

Updates from the reported crowd of over 50,000 “Occupy Wall Street Protestors” who continue to deny orders to disperse as riot police gather in mass around them.

Watch Live – 50,000 Gathered In NYC Poised To Clash With Police In the “Occupy Wall Street” Protests

Earlier Bloomberg reported on the protests that broke out today on Wall Street:

Protesters Converge on Lower Manhattan, Plan ‘Occupation’

Wall Street firms are the target of a nonviolent demonstration in which organizers say they want 20,000 people to participate with tents, kitchens and “peaceful barricades” in lower Manhattan.

Dubbed “#OccupyWallStreet,” the goal of the protest is to get President Barack Obama to establish a commission to end “the influence money has over our representatives in Washington,” according to the website of Adbusters, a group promoting the demonstration. Organizers want participants to “occupy” the area for “a few months,” according to the website.

“People have a right to protest, and if they want to protest, we’ll be happy to make sure they have locations to do it,” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Sept. 15 at a press conference. “As long as they do it where other people’s rights are respected, this is the place where people can speak their minds, and that’s what makes New York, New York.”

As the demonstration began this afternoon, as many as 1,000 people congregated in the Chase Manhattan Plaza area and, after speakers with a bullhorn rallied the crowd, broke into groups to discuss the event’s goals. Some participants circulated trays of sliced white and wheat bread while others passed out jars of creamy Skippy peanut butter, and distributed apples, bananas and oranges from shopping carts.

Red Flags, Masks

Protesters waved red flags and toted cardboard signs with statements such as “represent the 99%.” Others donned white, mustachioed masks of the anti-authoritarian protagonist from the graphic novel and film “V for Vendetta.” A few people played instruments, including guitars, ukuleles and maracas. Chants and applause periodically erupted around the plaza.

Police encircled the plaza and partitioned Wall Street’s pedestrian walkway.

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As the day continued and turned to night, the crowds grew with protestors on the ground saying a crowd of 50,000 had gathered in Wall Street. A little after 9:00 PM, as I previously reported, police began ordering protestors they had to leave by 10:0o PM or face arrest.

The protestors began speaking in union, describe by some as “chanting” in solidarity they would not disperse and would remain in solidarity in the spirit of the protestors at Egypt’s Tahrir square.

The 10:00 PM deadline has passed and protestors report remaining on scene via various social networking sites, even as police begin to gather in mass surrounding the site of the protests.

NYC police have reportedly cut internet service to the area were 50,000 protestors have gathered to participate in the Occupy Wall Street Protests, apparently in an attempt to stop the live video stream and other live reports of the event from making it online.

While many report internet service has been cut to the area, some cell phone networks apparently are still in service.

Pictures sporadically continue to show up on Twitter, Facebook, and other social networking sites which are all being described as “mobile uploads” and provide a glimpse of the situation that is unfolding on the ground.

One picture delivered by cell phone describes “revolutionaries” carrying cardboard boxes. Other tweets report people carrying other items required to set up a permanent camp site toward the square.

Some revolutionaries collect cardboard for beds to sleep on t... on Twitpic

Some revolutionaries collect cardboard for beds to sleep on t… on Twitpic

Emma Peel has uploaded onto Facebook mobile uploads from the scene of the protests.

Mobile Upload Live From The Scene Of The Occupy Wall Street Protest

Mobile Upload Live From The Scene Of The Occupy Wall Street Protest

 

There are many reports of regular uniformed police and riot police amassing around the square while shouting orders and warnings to the protestors to disperse.

Mathew Ledbetter posted a picture of columns of police gathering around Wall Street buildings on twitter.

A whole crew of new cops just descended and took position. #OccupyWallStreet #TakeWallStreet

A whole crew of new cops just descended and took position. #OccupyWallStreet #TakeWallStreet

Protestors have also put out  requests online for logistical support, including the delivery of a mobile generator so protestors can charge their cell phones. There has even been a website put up to coordinate efforts to “reinforce” the protesters with goods need to remain on scene

Riot Police Gather In Masses In NYC To Disperse 50000 Occupy Wall Street Protestors

Riot Police Gather In Masses In NYC To Disperse 50000 Occupy Wall Street Protestors

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However, there are also reports from some that the police have blocked off the area and are not letting new people to join the crowd of protestors on the scene. Live video stream recorded just a little while ago showed protestors on the scene urging more people to join them tonight, tomorrow, or as soon possible.

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