Occupy Wall Street has found a face — finally, one to replace Che Guevara’s. Perhaps the movement’s first iconic image, the bloodied face of Brandon Watts, was printed on the front page of the New York Daily News and Metro last Friday. Watts was in the process of being arrested when a photographer caught a striking image of him surrounded by New York police officers, his face soaked with blood and contorted in pain.
It’s a pathetic image — like many from Occupy Wall Street, of the homeless and deranged who have descended on Zuccotti Park over time. But Watts’s story demonstrates multiple facets of OWS — the brash, immature criminality of it all, the sad delusions of many occupiers, and the directionless, anarchic refuge it has established.
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