Times Square confrontation: NYPD ran horses into a crowd of “Occupy Wall Street” protesters on New York’s Times Square. October 16, 2011
“Occupy Wall Street” protesters stand-off with police on 46th and Broadway, as the mass of demonstrators closed down the street and sidewalk.
Thousands of “Occupy Wall Street” protesters rallied in New York’s Times Square, buoyed by a global day of demonstrations in support of their month-long campaign as police ran horses into a sea of protesters at 46th Street and Broadway. Out of sheer luck, there were no injuries.
The police, according to the Wall Street Journal, arrested 74 people on Saturday as the scene spun quickly towards chaos and violence. The shouting and pushing between the police and protesters was highly charged as the police tried to open up the street closed by the large number of protesters.
Protesters fed up with economic inequality took to the streets in US cities from Washington, Boston and Chicago to Los Angeles and Miami as well as around the world.
Horses are brought in to push the crowd back, with no success.
Policemen drive the horses forward into the crowd hoping to force it back.
As the horses charged forward, one horse losses its footing and hits the ground. The size and sound of the crowd excited the horses creating panic on both sides.
Police argue with the protesters to move back but there was no room.
Emotions ran high as the crowd surged and the police demanded they move back and clear the street.
Horses running straight in to a crowd of protesters.
The demonstrators had nowhere to move as police-mounted horses run into the crowd. The horses were withdrawn as they became ineffective and dangerous.
Protesters at 46th and Broadway.
Standing ground with the police on Broadway, protesters try to calm the crowd as riot police on 46th Street clear it of all human traffic.
October 16, 2011 The crowd holds its line against police.
“Occupy Wall Street” protesters, excited by the police horses, scream for justice as the police try to open the street by force.
PHOTOGRAPHS + TEXT by ANTHONY SUAU / facingchange.org