Occupy Knoxville/ Occupy Wall Street Protest Shakes Up First Friday



Occupy Knoxville, Krutch Park, October 2011
Occupy Knoxville, Krutch Park, October 2011

It’s not as if First Friday was cancelled due to an onslaught of protesters, but it certainly altered the tenor of the night. The gathering was slated for Krutch Park at 6:00 PM and I got there a few minutes later. The crowd had begun to gather and they were pretty easy to spot because of their signs and the policemen hanging out around the perimeter of the crowd.

Occupy Knoxville, Krtuch Park, October 2011

Occupy Knoxville, Krutch Park, October 2011

Occupy Knoxville, October 2011

When I first arrived, I guessed there might be seventy-five people present, though more kept coming. That’s a pretty impressive number for any Knoxville Protest Movement that doesn’t have a caffeinated beverage in its name. By the time speeches were being made – without the use of amplification, which was forbidden by the city (?) – the crowd had easily swelled to two hundred, which is the number the News Sentinel published.

Occupy Knoxville, October 2011

Occupy Knoxville, October 2011

Occupy Knoxville, Krutch Park, October 2011

But people kept arriving. More seemed to join as they realized what was happening. Somewhere around the midpoint of the “rally,” which was more a series of spontaneous speakers (trust me, they had not practiced and were not “professional” protesters), a Slutwalk hit the park. I’ll have to get to that and what happened next in tomorrow’s post. For today, I’ll leave you with more images, with many more to come.

Occupy Knoxville, Krutch Park, October 2011

Occupy Knoxville, October 2011

Occupy Knoxville, Krutch Park, October 2011

Occupy Knoxville, Krutch Park, October 2011

Occupy Knoxville, Krutch Park, October 2011

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