Occupy Wall Street gives straphangers free ride on NYC subway
Sources say OWS chained open emergency gates
Occupy Wall Street protesters chained open emergency exit gates in eight subway stations Wednesday morning, allowing riders to enter for free, sources said.
Fliers posted in the subway stations also called for “general strike” on May 1.
“No housework. No shopping. No banking. No school. No work,” one flier declared, using the symbols of the numbered lines to make a list.
The posters were professionally made and were designed in the style of MTA notices to riders.
A “communique” on Twitter from the “Rank and File Initiative” claimed activists chained open gates at more than 20 stations.
“This morning before rush hour, teams of activists, many from Occupy Wall Street, in conjunction with rank and file workers from the Transport Workers Union Local 100 and the Amalgamated Transit Union, opened up more than 20 stations across the city for free entry,” the statement said. “No property was damaged. Teams have chained open service gates and taped up turnstiles in a coordinated response to escalating service cuts, fare hikes, racist policing, assaults on transit workers’ working conditions and livelihoods — and the profiteering of the super-rich by way of a system they’ve rigged in their favor.”
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