After a Year, Occupy Movement Protests Become Routine

People see it more of an inconvenience than a statement


As the group of Occupy Wall Street marchers wound their way through lower Manhattan Monday morning, one thing was clear: one year later a movement born out of economic frustration and the hope for radical change had become, in New York at least, one of the occasional inconveniences of daily life.

"It's an inconvenience," said one man who worked at One Battery Park Plaza as he watched the protesters go by on a cigarette break. He wouldn't give his name. "They're always walking through — they should get jobs."

The movement has settled into a routine, and a core group of activists turn up every few weeks and have become something of a fixture of life in New York.