Wall Street Faces the Wrath of Anonymous During Weekend Protest

anonymous e1316440100284 Wall Street Faces the Wrath of Anonymous During Weekend ProtestIf you were hanging out on Twitter over the weekend, you may have seen the hashtags #TakeWallStreet  or #Occupywallstreet pop up in your feed. Did that mean that friends were encouraging you to take the J line all the way to Chambers for some reason? That we should all go back to school and get our MFAs in business/finance, like our mothers have been collectively telling us to for years now?

Luckily for us its neither: Just that Internet group Anonymous — they of the “Standing outside Scientoligists’ houses and yelling” brigade — which organized a “Day of Rage” on Saturday against all the fat cats on Wall Street. Adbusters is also involved. Now the thousands of protests have apparently settled in to their new downtown surroundings, according to the group’s official website, with a takeover of Zuccotti Park. (They’re renaming it Liberty Plaza again, FYI.)

Why now? Shouldn’t have these protests come before Goldman Sachs and Too Big to Fail? According to three people interviewed by The Guardian, they were at the protest because it’s just really time to do something about all those financial types, you know?

“CEOs, the biggest corporations, and the wealthy are taking too much from our country and I think it’s time for us to take back,” said one activist who joined the protests last Saturday. Jason Ahmadi, who travelled in from Oakland, California explained that “a lot of us feel there is a large crisis in our economy and a lot of it is caused by the folks who do business here”. Bill Steyerd, a Vietnam veteran from Queens, said “it’s a worthy cause because people on Wall Street are blood-sucking warmongers”.

Where were you guys with the masks a couple years ago? Having the protests this close to 9/11 just seems like a not-so-great-way to get the city’s attention to your cause, you know? Oh, Mayor Bloomberg may have predicted this by comparing our use of social networking to that of Cairo and Madrid. Which means that any second now,  Martial Law will officially go into effect (Homeland Security has already put out a warning) and take down the cell-phone reception south of Broadway?

Unfortunately that would screw over the bankers probably more than the post-collegiate protestors who are assembling as we speak to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and generally chill out together in this currently relaxed mob vibe.

Comments

  1. Tony says:

    If you’re going to attempt to accurately cover an event, at least appear to not take a side. Your facts are quite biased when it comes to the history of Anonymous,  claiming that the group is “a couple years too late.” So before you skim a few articles you pulled up on Google News and think you understand every aspect of this, maybe you should take a look at what else the group stands for instead of blowing assumptions out of your ass and onto your keyboard. On top of everything, you failed to mention that some people were detained, but I guess that would mean disproving your “relaxed mob vibe” statement. Oh yeah, maybe you should look up the BART incident before you assume cell service is going to be cut off at any second under “Martial Law”

    And I thought you had to be at least halfway intelligent to be a reporter, but I guess the internet makes everything seem credible these days.

    1. Anonymous says:

      You people really need to decide whether Anonymous is a group or an idea.

      As for the article, adbusters isn’t “also involved”, they’re the ones who initiated the protest and then Anonymous hitched a ride and added their familiar brand of unfocused, unproductive action.

      1. Anons, Presstorm, and the general public are responsible for the fact that there hasn’t been any violence. We exposed people trying to start problems quite early on.

        So please get a clue. And Anonymous is not a group, for every 10 excited Anons who want to make an appearance there’s one Anon watching the periphery and exposing provocateurs. We decide on our own what our goals and role will be.

        We have a map. It’s called #AntiShock. We have perfected leaderless leadership. Deal with it.

      2. Anonymous says:

        presstorm? The website that posts excerpts from the Protocols of Zion and passes them off as journalism? Keep it classy, Anonymous.

  2. john penley says:

    This article is written by someone who has no connection to working class people and Vets like me who see 1% of the American people, especially those on Wall Street, controlling most of the wealth in this Country. This is a better way for us to focus our fear and anger than food riots but keep things going the way they are and you will see those too. Shut Down Wall Street and bail out the working class or ???????????????

    1. Tony says:

      Glad someone else agrees and thinks this article is bullshit. I thought news meant facts? Oh wait nevermind, it’s all about the page views now isn’t it?

    2. Dgrant says:

      I do believe that these protests are a more constructive way to focus  our fear and anger at the government than Twitter posts on the  “microscopic view of a federal agent’s butt.”

    3. SHUT IT DOWN! AND EVEN UP THE PLAYING FIELD. DOWN WITH FAT CATS!

  3. Aurorahexler says:

    This is not journalism. It’s snarky crap. Shameful!

  4. Friendlier998 says:

    Whoever wrote this sounds like an ass. Perhaps they haven’t noticed the news coming out of Wall Street for the last three years, the fact that virtually no one in the banking industry has been prosecuted for any wrongdoing in creating the global financial mess we’re now in.

    And I like the fact that it’s a civilized occupation. Very smart, much more people will venture down to join in than they would anything the media could spin into a “riot”.

  5. Friendlier998 says:

    Whoever wrote this sounds like an ass. Perhaps they haven’t noticed the news coming out of Wall Street for the last three years, the fact that virtually no one in the banking industry has been prosecuted for any wrongdoing in creating the global financial mess we’re now in.

    And I like the fact that it’s a civilized occupation. Very smart, much more people will venture down to join in than they would anything the media could spin into a “riot”.

  6. Suckit says:

    I like how half of the article uses question marks unecessarily?

  7. Douches-suck@hotmail.com says:

    douche

  8. Dor Een G says:

    Hello, anybody in there? 9-17 is the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.

  9. Jackmorphr says:

    um, we have anti-mask laws in this country, grew out of anti-Klan legislation, V-for-vendetta wannabees probably think they law doesn’t apply to them, maybe it doesn’t

    one poster here writes that no one has gone to jail this time out (I support the death penalty for economic crimes, myself, the clearest form of premeditated and by extension, deterrable, crime, by example, vs smack-head on a trigger twitch grocery robbery)

    under cronyist capitalist obama, too big to fail steals from the taxpayer, pretending to advocate for the poor, he must, like, Lincoln’s god, love the poor, he (or is it HE) made so many of them, the left is plutocracy, slumming plutocracy, but rich-lovers none the less

    but then, with prosecuting financial the Congress would go to jail, as enabler/ RICO them all

    at least under S&L folks went to jail , hey maybe root causes is why obama can’t put his funder-friends in jail, root Chicago-causes, crony criminals and crony capitalists,

    nanny mike has already enabled riots by expecting them…., bring your bicycles and riot green…, the mayor has a bike kiosk for you

  10. nevermore says:

    The corrupt Fear us. The Innocent Support Us. The Heroic join us

    Activism groups have been spewing that kind of speil for decades. And they all did it better than a bunch of nobodies who wear masks based on a terrorist based on a failed terrorist. Nice try, kids. That’s all you’ll ever be.

  11. ndemya2 says:

    And as concerned citizens participate in active protest of morally reprehensible Western economic tactics of the last 30 years, Drew Grant cradles his precious soy latte and pokes fun at the gauche of the silly plebeians while on his Macbook Air. 
    Occupy Wall Street may reach an eventual end, but some of us engaged in the struggle against global inequality will be a thorn in the bourgeoisie’s side for a very long time.