Like Gandhi, just the protesters presence and the fact they aren't subservient has been provoking. This is a country that has marginalized protesters for years.They have resorted to bullying for so long that it remains to be seen if they have anything left in their arsenal. They have penned up protesters in protest zones at various political conventions, miles away from where anyone can see them. Instead inside the conventions politicians concern themselves which one has their flag pin is higher, who hates gays more, who can call their potential opponents names like Obamacare, poopy pants or any other name borrowed from third graders. That is what the American people have come to expect of representation
This protest is much harder to contain because it is a little like trying to nail jello to the wall. The few times they have struck at it, the net result is the movement grows. Once the middle flips then the people who actually runs the country will really have a problem.
To quote Gandhi, "First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win."
Just the protesters presence and the fact they are holding their ground against the powerful forces, that are arrayed against them, can be seen as a huge victory. They could be like many American and react with puzzlement as to why the economy has gotten so bad. They are doing something about this, and though it might not be affective, they are trying to do something about it.
Absolutely one of the best scenes in the movie.
You can't expect we'll just get up and leave?
Yes that is exactly what I expect.