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As many of you know, Occupy Wall Street has celebrated its first birthday over the last few days, culminating in an all-day birthday bash today, 17 September 2012, or #S17 as Occupiers say. There were many arrests, several phalanxes of NYPD, and even an unsuspected gatecrasher or two . . . .

Like Bain Capital! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!!!!1!!!!!

Bain Capital at Occupy Wall Street

Seriously, who invited that guy! I guess Mittens, himself a victim of gatecrashing lately, decided to send over one of his top men. Perhaps when America's social-safety net is ashes we'll have Bain–Bane's permission to die . . . but Occupy (and the rest of America) isn't willing to wait for that.

Included below are some more photos from the day, interspersed with my random natterings and impressions. Quite a day for me, one mixed with great joy and relief, i.e., many of us are back and we're all not arrested, yet; but also with a sense of fear and trepidation, i.e., Bloomberg and the NYPD et al. are so incredibly willing to put the hurt on Occupy for the worst and most random of reasons; and some other feelings as well that I'm not totally sure about, yet. But, hey, photos!

Tax Dodgers at Occupy Wall Street

A street-theater group known as the Tax Dodgers. They sang a rousing hymn to Bank of America (to the tune of "God Bless America," natch).

Woman at Occupy Wall Street

One of the many people holding signs.

Boys at Occupy Wall Street

Three young boys.

Fist pump at Occupy Wall Street

Fist-pumping, always a crowd-pleaser. This man did this a lot.

Counterprotester at Occupy Wall Street

One of the many counterprotesters-hecklers. She kept berating Us Dirty Hippies to go over and genuflect before the Freedom Tower, something about 9–11, Freedom, etc., a page torn from the Rudy Giuliani Noun-Verb-9–11 playbook, but with the nouns and verbs left off.

Man at Occupy Wall Street

I'm a sucker for American flags at Occupy protests. Don't really know why.

Tax the rich at Occupy Wall Street

Tax the rich.

Man at Occupy Wall Street

Another flag. Note the lovely sun on the gentleman: good sunlight is incredibly rare at Liberty Square–Zuccotti Park, something that makes shooting there challenging for me, a natural-light–no flash kinda guy.

Man at Occupy Wall Street

Love the tattoos, especially the Grateful Dead one on his left arm. A long, strange trip, indeed.

Hipster Cop at Occupy Wall Street

HIPSTER COP!!!!!!!!!1!!!!! (Google him if you don't know.)

Man at Occupy Wall Street

Sleeping.

iNYPD at Occupy Wall Street

iNYPD.

Man at Occupy Wall Street

A man playing guitar.

Qween Amor at Occupy Wall Street

Someone who identified him- or herself as Qween Amor. Lovely to have met you!

Smile at Occupy Wall Street

Smile.

Arrest at Occupy Wall Street

Woman arrested at Occupy Wall Street

And the inevitable arrests. Gotta have those, AMIRITE? The Corporate Titans must see justice being done, after all.

And here's a link to the rest of the set, courtesy of my Flickr. Hope you enjoy!

Originally posted to Timothy Krause on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 08:24 PM PDT.

Also republished by Occupy Wall Street.

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