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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Different May Day in American history


Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formally known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women, who have died in military service for the United States. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day and it is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season.


But everything wasn't same like every year in America, something changed this year, however, after thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of American cities from coast to coast.
The spirit of the Occupy Wall Street movement was alive and well once again in New York City on May 1. After months of relative slacking, thousands of activists were back to the streets of the Big Apple and with them came droves of new protesters demanding a change.

From a stage at Union Square in New York that was just one of affirmations preached through a microphone to roughly 2,000 people in the heart of Manhattan. Although the calls for a city-wide general strike were not answered to the degree that organizers had hoped, the May Day protests in New York City certainly proved something: without a doubt, the spirit of the Occupy movement, thought over by some, is alive and well.

In the early afternoon, demonstrators had already gathered in at least four major public parks in Manhattan to engage in teach-ins, workshops and peaceful protests. Outside Bank of America branches, Chase Bank offices and the headquarters of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., others picketed with signs and slogans to show their dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs in the United States.


In Oakland, police in riot gear fired tear gas and flash-bang grenades to disperse protesters who they said threw objects at officers and struck them with corrugated metal shields during a mid-afternoon altercation.The Oakland police arrested at least dozens of protesters.

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