09 November 2011

misdirected looney occupiers

More than 100 protestors screamed abuse and blew ear-splitting whistles as men in suits and streams of thin women in expensive jewels and high-heels entered the glass-faced Sotheby's building in Manhattan. "Shame on you!" they chanted. And: "You don't deserve it!" The demonstration was organized by unionized art handlers at Sotheby's, who say they've been locked out of the company during contract negotiations. Their numbers were bolstered by members of the Occupy Wall Street protest, which is centered on a camp in a park in the Financial District. The atmosphere became hostile as enraged demonstrators yelled at the elegantly clad art collectors, forcing them to walk the gauntlet under escort of police and black-suited Sotheby's security staff. A huge blow-up rat and another blow up effigy representing a "fat cat" clutching a worker dominated the sidewalk, while Sotheby's employees looked anxiously out from the glass-walled lobby. "Art for the masses, not the upper classes," protestors yelled. ..... Hey, Christo's doing a US river for a few tens of millions.. http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hhoL0aBdJwI196WFBoF6Ladcq3wg?docId=CNG.4f0c63687383f92d2e2672061cd48532.881