Occupy Wall Street's Next Plan: S17
They'll surround stock exchange, maybe make citizens' arrests
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2012 10:40 AM CDT
Occupy Wall Street protestors walk past the New York Stock Exchange, July 11, 2012, in New York.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

(Newser) – The Occupy Wall Street movement has been locked in a slow death spiral this year, but organizers think they can revive it with a massive protest to mark its first anniversary on Sept. 17. The "S17" event will see protesters block traffic in the financial district, encircle the New York Stock Exchange, and possibly try to put some bankers under citizens' arrest, organizers tell Bloomberg. Many protesters say they're going to bring handcuffs for the purpose. "We are here to bring you to justice," one says.

Some protesters will attempt to hold intersections in the district, while others will circulate between them in a bid to avoid police. They'll also distribute food and free medical care. "We are just going to cause chaos, period," says one organizer. Occupy's New York City General Assembly broke up in April, and there haven't been any major organized protests since May 1. Organizers are hoping the many financial scandals that have broken since, like the Libor mess, will drive renewed interest.