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Video: Calls for Yuppicide at the Tompkins Square Riot Reunion - The Local East Village Blog - NYTimes.com


Video: Calls for Yuppicide at the Tompkins Square Riot Reunion


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Saturday and Sunday, bands and neighborhood activists, including local legend David Peel, took to the park to commemorate the 1988 Tompkins Square riot (not to be confused with the May Day riot of 1990). The Local’s cameras rolled as slamdancing and calls of “Die yuppie scum!” ensued.

Among those clubbed by police officers during the curfew and gentrification protest of Aug. 6, 1988 was New York Times photographer Angel Franco. Funny that: 24 years later, a headline in today’s paper reads: “Times Photographer Is Arrested on Assignment.”