“Occupy Wall Street” movement protesters from Oakland and San Francisco banded together on Black Friday to demonstrate and block customers to stores and streets in San Francisco’s Union Square near the Macy’s Christmas tree lightning ceremony. ABC 7 reports on the Occupiers protest to corporate greed on one of the busiest shopping days of the year:
The Associated Press writes that the few dozen people in Union Square used signs to spread an anti-consumerism message. One, 9-year-old Jacob Hamilton, held a sign that read, “What is in your bag that’s more important than my education?” ABC reports that police remained nearby protesters to make sure that they did not interfere with the Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Following peace during the ceremony, protesters returned to storefronts using their bodies as a barricade. A video was posted on YouTube Friday showing the demonstrators attempts to block the entrance of a popular San Francisco Apple Store:
Not every San Francisco resident supported or understood the demonstrators decision to make their statement at the expense of families trying to enjoy the day after Thanksgiving, rather than “Wall Street.”
“That’s the wrong time, at the, kids don’t care, this is for the kids, it’s not for politics,” one parent said to ABC 7.
“If you put your abilities toward getting a job rather than saying somebody else is doing something wrong, and maybe there is that in our nation, to spend your time and efforts into something more positive would be a better thing,” parent Cory Modersohn said.
There were no arrests during Friday’s Union Square protests. The AP reprots that some protesters clashed with police earlier in the day when they briefly blocked the city’s iconic cable cars until officers pushed them out of the street.