Even before Thursday’s massive cleaning session, the park was relatively clean.
“What will make me stop?” one protester asks. “Ending corporatism, the government and the Federal Reserve. That will make me leave.”
For anarchists, even the consensus-oriented General Assembly that directs the protests smacks of excessive centralization.
Despite the exponential influx of people to the area around Zuccotti Park and their 24/7 presence, local food vendors have seen their customers dwindle.
Practical worries like finding safe places to sleep and denouncing harassment are a priority. The group also hopes to better represent women in the working groups of Occupy Wall Street.
Organizers opposed to the natural gas extraction method known as hydrofracking felt Occupy Wall Street was a good venue to meet like-minded people who would be willing to support the cause, due to their shared anti-corporate sentiment.
Some protesters bore visible signs of their animosity toward major cable TV outlets. One 19-year-old activist who wore a Guy Fawkes mask and called himself “Blood Bandit” said, “Have you seen Fox News around here? Guess what, we chased them away.”
There have already been at least seven cases of hypothermia. The article of clothing now deemed most valuable are socks, since trench foot and athlete’s foot are big problems.