As one of the first large-scale protests of the 'internet generation', Occupy didn't take long to go viral. Documentary photographer Danny Lyon has been keeping the world up to date online with his own thoughts and photographs on the protest via his Bleak Beauty Blog.
Throughout his 50 year career Lyon has had a passion for politics which began when he joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Commitee in 1963, one of the major organsations of the American Civil Rights Movement.
He has been closely following and documenting the recent Occupy protests in true Lyon fashion - by spending time 'on-site' and immersing himself in the world of his subjects.
The image gallery above and post below from Danny Lyon's Bleak Beauty Blog gives a fascinating insight into the recently shut down LA protest and some interesting food for thought on the photojournalist's own feelings towards those involved.
"The last two weeks have seen a successful coordinated national suppression of the Occupy camps using massive police force, with help from helicopters, firemen and Homeland Security. The powers that be have shredded the first amendment of the Bill of Rights, which for those of us that do not remember it, states the government cannot interfere with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibit the petitioning for a redress of grievances. In the cover of night police have shut down the largest camps in cities across the country. One of the last to be shut down, was Occupy Los Angeles.
"LAPD took over 200 people into custody, many spending two nights and more in jail, some are still in jail. These pictures were made a few nights after the raid, on the West Steps of City Hall, as Occupy holds its nightly General Assembly. Activists, many seeing each other for the first time after release from jail embrace and exchange war stories. These are the dangerous revolutionaries our government is so afraid of. These are the menace to our society that has brought out homeland security. Take a good look at these anarchists, these people who have defiled our parks, sleeping in sleeping bags and tents. These are the people who have embraced and fed the homeless. Pretty dangerous looking crowd, right? These are our children.
"One thing every one of them agreed on. The crushing of the camps has only united the bonds among them. We look forward to an Occupied Holidays. Phase Two Begins."
Read more and see more images from Danny Lyon on Occupy 2011 here - Danny Lyon adds his voice to global 'Occupy' protest