Last night, two American icons lent support to the Occupy Wall Street movement, speaking at a protest held outside of Lincoln Center in New York City. After a performance of Satyagraha at the Met, Philip Glass spoke to demonstrators. According to Alex Ross, the music critic for the New Yorker, Glass recited the closing lines of Satyagraha (see around 3:00 minute mark in the video above), which come from the Bhagavad Gita:
When righteousness withers away and evil rules the land, we come into being, age after age, and take visible shape, and move, a man among men, for the protection of good, thrusting back evil and setting virtue on her seat again.
He repeated the saying several times, and the “human microphone” amplified the message for him.
Lou Reed was also in attendance and helped someone crawl over a police barricade at one point, then said: “I was born in Brooklyn, and I’ve never been more ashamed than to see the barricades tonight. The police are our army. I want to be friends with them. And I wanna occupy Wall Street. I support it.” A not-so-clear audio clip appears below:
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