Henry Goldman, Pham-Duy Nguyen and Esme E. Deprez –
Demonstrators took to the streets in May Day protests across the U.S., sending a singing “Guitarmy” to Manhattan’s Union Square and smashing windows in Seattle.
Organizers said the events marked a springtime resurgence of Occupy Wall Street, and they punctuated their message with trombones, hand-held drums, a San Francisco kayak flotilla and a crowd a half-mile long moving down Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. Calls for a global general strike with no work, no school, no banking and no shopping were heard in Toronto, Barcelona,London, Kuala Lumpur and Sydney.
In Oakland, California, police used gas to break up confrontations with demonstrators, some bearing shields made out of garbage cans cut in half. In New York, a crowd of thousands gathered at Union Square in anticipation of marches on Wall Street and police said they made about 34 disorderly conduct arrests by 9 p.m.
“Occupy Wall Street is alive,” said Cynthia Price, a 48- year-old real-estate investor, as she marched down Broadway past City Hall. “The challenge is now what do we do to really make a difference?”
Her sign read: “Sorry for the inconvenience. We’re trying