Occupy Albuquerque was a peaceful success. Several of us arrived early to begin setting up, and very quickly many more joined. At one point in time, we counted 197 people – and then, almost at the blink of an eye, the numbers nearly doubled. Albuquerque sidewalks are rather narrow – this is a sleepy desert town – and as the crowd swelled, there was little place else to go but step in the streets. At this point in time, the local Albuquerque Police Department decided to close down Central Ave where we were protesting. Whether this was due to the size of the crowd, or to try to minimize our visibility, is unsure. Perhaps both. Regardless, OccupyBurque was left undaunted. Since the street was now closed to traffic, we moved on foot up and down Central Ave. Several of the local news teams showed up for coverage as well. The number of police grew massively with the addition of the APD riot squad. However, we showed no violence and proceeded in peace. There was no interaction between the protesters and the police – thankfully.
We are the 99% and will continue until our voices are heard across the world – and answered to.
Clicking on any thumbnail will bring up the shadowbox viewer.
You may either toggle through, or it will run as a slideshow.