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Sunday, 16 October, 2011 10:38 PM

A Wind along Park and Witherell - Day One of the Occupy Detroit protests

PHOTO BY MICHELE K. / ©AMERICAJR.com

Just about every major city across America is being occupied. Detroit is not alone in this movement.

 

by Pete Bublitz
petblitz@yahoo.com

 

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DETROIT -- 5:00 p.m. - For a full afternoon hour, protesters in support of the Occupy Detroit movement stood in front of the Spirit of Detroit statue, chanting their frustration over current economic affairs and receiving continuous honks from driversby.

Some of the more repetitive cries ranged from “Show me what democracy looks like” to “How do we end the deficit? End the War! Tax the rich!” At 5:06 p.m., cries of “We’re getting ready to walk” signaled a sudden movement across Larned Street up Woodward Avenue as the crowd moved along its right sidewalk.

Between 5:17 and 5:20 p.m., the protesters stopped in front of a municipal parking lot adjacent to the Hudson Café along Woodward. At one point during the stop, chants of “USA! USA!” also grew down the line, before the march proceeded again at the sound of “Alright, let’s move!”

Despite clamoring on megaphones to “Slow the pace down,” at 5:30 p.m the front of the march crossed Witherell to reach the sites of its temporary residence and ongoing demonstration: Grand Circus Park.

For the next half hour, an assembly around the empty fountain produced critique over domestic and foreign affairs with the cry of “No jobs, no peace! Occupy Detroit!”

With the sun setting, wind continuing at its ongoing force, and rain beginning to fall briefly, the park’s adjacent area across Woodward turned into a tent city and provisions, signaling that despite similar efforts planned to occur in Lansing the following day, Occupy Detroit was ready to hold out as long as their multi-city counterparts would.

For more information on the Occupy Detroit movement, visit www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-Detroit.

 

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Protesters at Detroit's Grand Circus Park

 

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Grand Circus Park has been designated as a "free zone."

 

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Protesters on the steps of the Hazen S. Pingree statue.

 

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A woman wrapped the American flag around her back.

 

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Another look at Grand Circus Park during the Occupy Detroit protest.

 

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