Photos from Occupy Orlando march through downtown today

by

comment
Occupy Orlando’s first march concluded shortly after 1 p.m. today, and at least a couple OW staffers were present to behold what was one of the largest demonstrations I’ve seen downtown in years. To my knowledge, participants are at this moment taking turns sharing the microphone at Senator Beth Johnson Park, where the march first started at 11:30 a.m. A group organizer tells me that Occupy Orlando is hoping to hold a general assembly—a consensus-based meeting where organizing matters are discussed—around 4 p.m.

We’ll be writing much more about this movement in the coming week—keep in eye out for further coverage in Wednesday’s print edition—but below are a selection of photos from the march, in chronological order. The first photo bears some explanation: just before the march, Orlando Police Department Chief Paul Rooney took the stage to remind the organizers that the park which they are currently occupying will close at 11 p.m, and that staying after-hours is a misdemeanor offense. It’s unclear if the Occupy Orlando movement will venture to perform any civil disobedience, but I guess we’ll know by 11 o’clock tonight. Stay tuned.

rooneyjpg

boajpg

img_18411jpg

city-hall2jpg

img_1866jpg

garlandsmall1jpg

img_18791jpg

marchend2jpg


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.