As predicted, the NYPD broke out the barricades last night for the Occupy Museums protest at Lincoln Center, blocking everyone but ticket holders away from the Plaza. Phillip Glass came out after the final performance of his Gandhi-themed “Satyagraha” at the Metropolitan Opera and spoke in support of OWS. Lou Reed said that as a New Yorker he was “ashamed” to see the barricades.
The goal of the protest was against “the anti-democratic policies of Lincoln Center” and their corporate sponsor, Bloomberg LP and the mayor’s raid of Zuccotti Park. The non-violent protest granddaddy Ghandi-themed “‘Satyagraha’ has inspired us to once again challenge the ruthless nexus of power and wealth and reclaim our public space and common dignity,” OWS rep has stated. There were one, possibly two arrests, but no devastatingly ironic use of pepper spray that we know of.
Out came the cultural figureheads. Philip Glass emerged after his final performance, looked around, saw what’s up and read this statement/poem:
“When righteousness withers away and evil rules the land, we come into being, age after age, and take physical shape, and move, a man among men, for the protection of good, thrusting back evil, and setting virtue on her seat again.”
Lou Reed came out with Laurie Anderson and joined in full force:
“I’m a musician in New York. I’ve played all over. I was born in Brooklyn, but I’ve never been more ashamed than to see the barricades tonight. The police are our army. I want to be friends with them, and I want to occupy Wall Street. I support it in each and every way. I’m proud to be part of this.”
Previous Occupy Museums/OWS protests at the Lincoln Center targeted “David H. Koch, the funder of the Tea Party and of anti-global warming research, who uses philanthropic contributions to the former New York State Theater to whitewash his misanthropic reputation and write off his taxes.” (Photo/Video: Hyperallergic)