Attempting to set up a camp of 20,000 people in and around the most exclusive area in Manhattan, guarded by the NYPD and armored vehicles day and night, strikes me as precisely what people do when they're seeking to address something peacefully and nonviolently.
More related events are scheduled in conjunction with the Wall Street stakeout and will likely feed off of each other, as we have seen in similar worldwide events. One is set for Los Angeles on Sept. 16 and 17, and another at the Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 6.
Will it all amount to anything? It might, depending on several factors. Working against the protesters is the fact that America, unlike the U.K., for example, is a geographically massive country. Unless someone is funding the protesters' travel, logistics should prove difficult for them if they're as downtrodden as they claim to be. And as bad as things are in America, it's not Egypt or Tunisia. They do realize that their guy, Obama -- of community-organizing fame -- is in charge now, right?
Perhaps the most important factor is whether the law-enforcement authorities' attorneys will permit the preventive and reactive measures necessary to contain the event before it has the opportunity to spiral out of control.
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