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Occupy Wall Street at Trinity's Lot, Bloom-Scrooge Parodied, Obama Hit on NDAA

By Matthew Russell Lee

MANHATTAN, December 16, updated -- On the three month anniversary of the initial Occupation of Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan, an Occupy Wall Street crowd gathered north on Canal Street in front of a chain linked fenced lot owned by Trinity Church. It was to be a re-Occupation, Occupy 2.0, the reclaiming of The Commons.

  Some police stood in front of the lot; Inner City Press ventured north and found the NYPD "Disorder Control Unit" and van loads of other police on Varrick Street, waiting.

  Under a statue of the founder of the Dominican Republic, there were signs, saying End the Fed and chiding Obama's for the National Defence Authorisation Act for Fiscal Year 2012, presumably for its detention provisions.

   An affluent Tribeca resident walked by and muttered, "Why don't they just go down to Washington?" Why not Wall Street?

There was a puppet show, in which the ghoast of John D. Rockefeller visited a green masked Mayor Bloom-Scrooge speaking of Occupations Past. Rosa Parks made an appearance; Tiny Tim, evicted by a foreclosure, warmed himself at a bonfire. Photos on

Priests and pastors called for the re-Occupation and called out Trinity Church. Things dragged on, with trombones playing against mic checks, signs urging those already there to tune in to the radio. Nearly everyone was filming, or taping, or live streaming. But when, some asked, would the re-Occupation, or at least attempt, finally occur?

Update: and at 3:30 pm, the ladder was put to the fence and entry began, followed by at least 35 arrests, a march up Seventh and Sixth Avenues, delay on 29th Street and then into Times Square -- new story forthcoming, watch this site.

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