Marines Head to Wall Street—to Protect Protesters
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff

Posted Oct 3, 2011 1:50 AM CDT | Updated Oct 3, 2011 4:58 AM CDT

(NEWSER) – NYPD cops better watch it when they get tough with Occupy Wall Street protesters from now on, because the Marines are coming—to help protect the demonstrators. “I’m heading up there tonight in my dress blues,” announced a Marine veteran in a message reposted by another anti-war vet on his Facebook page. “So far, 15 of my fellow Marine buddies are meeting me there, also in uniform. I didn’t fight for Wall Street. I fought for America.” The vet adds that his “true hope is that we, as veterans, can act as a first line of defense between the police and protesters. If they want to mace them, they will have to get through the effing Marine Corps first. Let’s see a cop mace a bunch of decorated war vets.”

Marines and other vets have already been spotted in the growing movement. A photo posted on a protest tweetshows two Marines recently in an Occupy Wall Street demonstration. One holds a sign reading: “Second time I’ve fought for my country. First time I’ve known my enemy.” The 1971 Army Infantry vet who reposted the Marine’s message said he plans to be at the anti-corporate demonstration planned in Washington with “hundreds of my fellow veterans.” Protests are planned throughout the week in New York and several other cities.

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2 Comments to “Tell it to the Marines! A few good men head down to Wall Street to protect protesters!”

  • This is the best news I’ve heard in a while. In a FOX News “interview” with one of the protesters, Sean Hannity told that person that they “hate freedom” and threw a number of other libertarian PR firm crafted, talking- point style insults at them. Now let’s see Hannity, O’Reilly or anyone else at FOX say that to a U.S. Marine- they probably will anyway because they are shameless, very good at spin, and only pledge alligiance to money. “Second time I’ve fought for my country. First time I’ve known my enemy” is a genius level, masterpiece of a sign.

  • I brought my Marine friend down on Sunday. He carried 50 lbs of supplies to Zuccotti Park. Then he stood in solidarity with the other Marines & protested.

    The best part is, he fed the cops granola bars.
    Kindness never kills.

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