While Friday's Occupy Broadway was a decidedly lively event, things were a little more somber for three Occupy Wall Street protesters engaged in a hunger strike outside Duarte Square at Sixth Avenue and Canal Street. Diego Ibanez, twenty-three, Shae Willes, twenty-two, and Brian Udall, eighteen, were arrested shortly after noon on Sunday and charged with trespassing, at the behest of Trinity Wall Street, which owns the space. The men have been there "as part of a continued effort seeking sanctuary on Trinity Wall Street's unused and vacant lot of land," after being evicted from Zuccotti Park last month.

The Episcopal Trinity Church at the intersection of Wall Street and Broadway, which has taken a generally favorable stance towards the protesters, released a statement yesterday, stating:

"Trinity Wall Street supports the right of peaceful protest, which can take many forms. However, the enclosed lot at Duarte Square is not available nor is it suitable for large-scale assemblies or encampments. Trinity supports the vigorous engagement of the issues Occupy Wall Street has raised. However, we do not condone breaking the law."

Meanwhile, protesters across the country are running on fumes, as earlier this week encampments in L.A. and Philadelphia were broken up by police, with roughly forty and 300 arrests respectively. And on Saturday night, the Occupy Portland camp was shut down by authorities, to the tune of nineteen arrests.

The mission of the protesters, if anything, continues to be, for all intents and purposes, solidarity amidst disparate agendas. Having no clear-cut raison d'etre is both a strength and a weakness. The three young hunger strikers have since been released, returning to their spot where they've been joined by three new hunger strikers, and a handful of supporters. Ibanez had said on Saturday, "I am definitely worried about being hungry and being sick, that's definitely crossing my mind, but I am more worried about people being apathetic."

A noble sentiment, but, unfortunately for activists, the various movements of late might more accurately be called Occupy Jail Cells.

Commentarium (8 Comments)

Dec 05 11 - 3:20pm

1. Watching you starve to death does not make me sympathetic to your cause. Neither would watching you self-immolate or blow yourself up with a dynamite vest.

2. There is no strength in not having a clear-cut raison d'être. That's why the "movement" is losing steam.

3. If more would starve themselves for the cause, it would certainly reduce the number of those that are the 99% and I'm all for that. Here's hoping that you can it through to the end.

Dec 05 11 - 3:33pm

you're an idiot. also, die in a fire.

Dec 05 11 - 3:56pm

Even you have to admit that my first two points are spot on.

Dec 06 11 - 4:55am
Occupy Sane Spaces

If they had a clear cut agenda, that would make them more easily co-opted & assimilated by agents of the establishement (as happened to the tea-baggers). But as for starving yourself then, yeah, I have to agree, it's an utter waste of time. Seems an attention-grabbing move to me, trying to make one's own self noticed amidst the general mass of occupiers.

Dec 05 11 - 3:58pm

When it got cold, they moved inside. When they get hungry, they'll eat. Move along, there's nothing to see here.

Dec 05 11 - 10:25pm

Go listen to a crying baby, that's what you sound like.

Dec 06 11 - 3:10am


Dec 11 11 - 10:41am

Let them starve.........