UNION SQUARE: Wall-to-wall protest place

[media-credit name="Photo by Lincoln Anderson " align="alignleft" width="300"][/media-credit]Union Square is renowned as a site for protest and free speech, a tradition Occupy Wall Street protesters are doing their best to uphold. Late Sunday afternoon, a “banner drop” on Union Square West — accompanied by cheers from occupiers in the park below — urged people to join the planned May Day “General Strike” on Tuesday. The banner drop was accompanied by a “leaflet bombing,” with hundreds of small fliers fluttering down in the air from the top of the building; on one side, the fliers announced the strike, and on the other they gave details for a “Wildcat March” to be held at Second Ave. and Houston St. on May Day. Hristo, 18, a Hunter College student and member of the O.W.S. Library Working Group, explained the Wildcat would be “rowdier” and wouldn’t have a permit. “We know people don’t like it — but time is money,” he said of the anti-capitalist strategy to “shut down” the city.

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