WALL STREETERS RESPOND TO YOUNG PROTESTERS Drink wine, laugh, take photos from balconies September 26, 2011
It's good to be King. Wall Streeters stand on balcony and drink wine, laugh at protestors below and take pictures. CLICK TO ENLARGE
(NATIONAL) -- If there were ever two images typifying the divide and social disconnect in America between the classes and generations, this weekend produced it on Wall Street.
On the street below, hundreds, perhaps up to a thousand or more protestors at one point took part in a march on Wall Street in New York City Friday and Saturday to draw attention to "corporate greed and corrupt politics" in the US.
As police made some 80 arrests of protestors in the financial district, up above on balconies on Wall Street sipping wine, smiling at those below and taking pictures – as if to signify they’ve already won the “class war” - were the very upper crusters that many below were protesting against.
The contrast between the two groups was stunning.
The video below produced by The Struggle Video Network shows that contrast between the two generations and classes – or as FrekoutNation put it, what Wall Streeters did “While protesters were being abused, beaten, maced, tased and intimidated by the New York Police Department, this is Wall Street’s reaction.”
At least 80 people were arrested during the march and protest.
Hundreds took part in Saturday's march, which was intended to draw attention to "corporate greed and corrupt politics" in the US.
Participants carried banners supporting a range of issues including healthcare reform and an end to US wars.
The march followed a week of protests by the “Occupy Wall Street” campaign organized by people who say they represent 99% of the US population now standing up against the wealthiest 1%.
Some estimates put the protestors numbers at about 1,500 on Friday but down to several hundred by Saturday's march.
The gathering was accompanied by heavy police presence in the district.
One protester quoted by the BBC, 21-year-old Ryan Reed, said he joined the protest march "because what I see - and what I feel most people in this country see - is an economy and a system that's collapsing…the enemy is the big business leaders of Wall Street, the big oil company leaders, the coal company leaders, the big military industrial leaders."
A statement on the “Occupy Wall Street” website located here said the protesters have "an interest in returning the US back into the hands of its individual citizens. Our nation, our species and our world are in crisis. The US has an important role to play in the solution, but we can no longer afford to let corporate greed and corrupt politics set the policies of our nation."
Police said most of Saturday's arrests were for disorderly conduct and blocking traffic.
One person was charged with assaulting a police officer.