This past weekend I was in New York City visiting some friends and I had a chance to see and talk to a couple participating in the Occupy Movement. Like everyone else that I saw participating, the couple was very friendly and peaceful. The only thing not friendly about them was how they were dressed. They both were dressed up like zombies and their hair was sticking straight up. When I asked them why they were participating in the event, there response was more or less like “This is the best way to express ourselves and be with people that share the same opinions as we do.” They also said that they were not-satisfied with their 9-5 jobs in New Jersey for an online marketing company. I then asked them if they think anything will change after these protests. They responded with a smile on their face and said “probably not but we certainly tried our best”. After talking to the couple, I watched other protesters and I was surprised with how friendly everyone was. They were taking pictures with everyone and dancing together like they were having a party. I was expecting mobs of people with their pitchforks going through the streets. I honestly think the situation is pretty weird but it was an interesting experience to say the least.
The one thing that really annoyed me while watching the protests was the amount of police used to escort the protestors through the streets. You would have thought the President of the United States was walking through the streets with the amount of policemen that followed these protestors. I feel like there were so many policemen present because the potential of a violent protest breaking out. But I think it was a huge waste of police officers because they could be used to do something else productive. In a city like New York, I don’t think it’s wise to devote so many policemen to the Occupy Wall street protesters.