Posted by: Micha Rondeau on November 17, 2011 at 2:03 PM
Producer Micha Rondeau is directing Bloomberg TV’s coverage of today’s march on the New York Stock Exchange and protesters’ return to Zuccotti Park. While arrests were made, few cameras on the scene were able to capture the most intense friction between police and protesters. Rondeau on the protests and the difficulties of covering the clash:
We walked down Pine Street toward the Stock Exchange. People filtered in from several directions. As more cops showed up they let more people in. They set up a line of police. The protesters and the cameramen got pushed up on the sidewalk.
I saw one man being taken away in handcuffs. I couldn’t see what he did. The people toward the front were the most vocal. It wasn’t that the police weren’t allowing reporters to the front. It was the crowd. Just like a crowd at a rock concert. I only saw one other reporter trying to do a live shot in that crowd.
There was a chant of “Let’s move back to Broadway.” So the crowd that was facing the exchange turned to go up Broadway. As we were trying to get out we were penned in. It seemed to me that the cops were holding people until they had enough to control the flow. The police were letting people go in different areas, but it was definitely controlled by the police.
Above, Sheila Dharmarajan’s report for Bloomberg TV. We’ve also posted a slide show featuring compelling photography from the protests. Some of the best views of the scene at the protests this morning may be from the air and surrounding buildings, including these shots from an amateur photographer.
Update: As some folks noticed, the video originally posted with this story showed the New York protests, unfortunately intercut with a feed of aerial footage from Athens. We’ve switched the video to one in which the all the footage actually shows the New York demonstrations. -Mark Gimein, editor