May Day protests were out in full force on May 1st, 2012 and some suspect the Occupy Wall Street movement was involved in an envelope incident at banks in NYC. New York City banks received envelopes containing white powder and letters to bank officials.
The letters read, “This is a reminder that you are not in control. Just in case you needed some incentive to stop working we have a little surprise for you. Think fast you have seconds.”
Bloomberg provided some direct confirmation from a spokesman from the New York City Police Department. Paul Browne said, “The envelopes contained the powder and messages that “indicated” a link to today’s May Day demonstrations, Browne said in an e-mail. All tested negative for anything toxic and appeared to be designed to frighten mail-room workers.” It was stated in the Bloomberg report that the white powder envelopes were sent to 5 Wells Fargo Banks, 1 JPMorgan Bank and one was address to Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Occupy Wall Street was not claiming responsibility for the letters and expressed frustration with the white powder letters going to the banks by distracting from today’s activities. The OWS movement felt that the May Day events taking place throughout the United States were being forgotten with serious pranks like the tainted bank envelopes.
The police made a point that the envelopes containing cornstarch arrived too early than what was probably planned. ABC News quoted one official that said, “They underestimated the efficiency of the U.S. Postal Service.” In a jab at the Occupy Wall Street’s slogan, “We are the 99%”, New York Police Spokesman Paul Browne told ABC News, “Apparently, the message was aimed at the mail room workers among the ’99 percent.”