Occupy Wall Street not talking with NYPD about first-anniversary protests

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Unlike its counterpart in Tampa, Occupy Wall Street is not on speaking terms with the New York Police Department about its upcoming anniversary-marking protest.

“We are in no talks with law enforcement regarding logistics,” Ed Needham, a member of the Occupy Wall Street PR Team, told The Daily Caller.

Organizers of the Occupy protests at the Republican National Convention in Tampa held talks with Florida law enforcement in the months leading up to the convention. Police made sure to let protesters know their rights, assuring them that they would only be arrested for breaking the law — not for speaking their mind.

Occupy Wall Street is holding a series of September 15-17 events to commemorate the first anniversary of its earliest protest.

The main protest event is scheduled to begin in front of the New York Stock Exchange on Sept. 17.

A September 18-22 series of free courses are also offered, covering debt, Marxism, anarchism and education.

After a dismal turnout at the Republican and Democratic political conventions, occupiers are hoping the planned events will re-energize the movement.

Needham told TheDC that Occupy Wall Street is expecting thousands of people “to attend a wide array of activities throughout the [weekend].”

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