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For Shame: Hundreds Of Arrests Across the Country Today

Solidarity has been used as a powerful word among Occupiers across the world over the past few monthes. Today, there is one group though that has put the idea of solidarity to use in a unbelievable way. The police. Several police forces, including the NYPD, have been coordinating their actions with the advice of federal agencies like the Department of Homeland Security and FBI according to an anonymous federal source.

Some of the federal consulting involved media tactics, ways to effectively attack protestors, and how to intimidate any enemies of the police state. These tactics, though propagandized as monstrous when used by foreign regimes like Libya, Syria, and Pakistan, used by our own police forces demonstrate the full reality of life in the US in the post-9/11 security culture crafted under the Bush administration, and maintained under Obama. I voted for Obama, and generally vote Democrat, and am incredibly disapointed in the actions of those I voted for to protect the civil liberties of my fellow citizens. It’s a common sentiment, but I now, more than ever, believe that if corporations are people, then tents are protected speech.

Today, there have been police raids across the country, here in New York, Charlotte, Columbus, Germany, and the Seattle PD are attacking protesters there with pepper spray as I write this. Today, the NYPD took the advice of the Department of Homeland Security and enforced a decision Mayor Bloomberg made under the stress of the power corporation using fear-mongering and doublespeak . Over 200 people were arrested this morning as riot police, in a show of state terror descended on Zuccotti in the hundreds and brutalized protesters as they deliberately kept away media “for their own safety.” They destroyed the amazing piece of collaborative work that had become known as the People’s Library., which, on a personal note, truly saddens me.

The NYCLU, in defense of Occupy Wall Street, assisted in filing an injunction against the police to allow the protestors back into the park with their gear, but the injunction was downgraded to just allow sleeping in the park with sleeping bags but no tents. As this is being written, over 1500 have assembled in Zuccotti for the first General Assembly to occur since this morning’s raid.

It’s ironic that this raid comes up on the two month birthday of the Wall Street Occupation, but it’s significant for another reason. Including today’s arrests, there have been over 4000 arrests, the number arrested in Iran after their last election. These arrests were crucial in the ignition of the Arab Spring. Let’s home the same is true for the American Autumn. From what I understand, the park will be reoccupied tonight, but I worry that there will be more arrests. We’ll see tomorrow.

Taken From This Morning

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Dozens Arrested as Unions March with Occupy Wall Street Protestors

 

On Wednesday, October 5th, several unions turned out in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement in a collective march. Protestors were joined by the Communication Workers of America, the Transport Workers Union Local 100, the United Federation of Teachers, and 2 SEIU chapters. Nearly 15000 turned out for the march which brought lower Manhattan to a near standstill. As the march continued into the night, the NYPD response got more aggressive, with repeated baton-assaults, pepper-macing, and arrests. Nearly two dozen were arrested that night.

This was the third time Occupy protestors clashed with the police, and the number of arrests now totalled over 800. This was the third consecutive clash with police in New York over the Occupy movement.

The Daily News: Occupy Wall Street Arrests, Police Pepper Spray

 

 

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700 Arrested on Brooklyn Bridge

On October 1, 2011, about 700 protesters were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge. Starting at Zucotti Park, what had started as a march throughout lower Manhattan grew to a crowd of thousands. Whether by police manipulation, crowd choice, or what may have been spontaneous events, the march found itself on the Brooklyn Bridge, where protestors faced off against the NYPD. Nearly haflway across the bridge, the officers pen in the crowd and began arresting hundreds of people. Those arrested where shipped of to precincts across Brooklyn, and it was days before they were all released.

 

This was the second time police clashed with the protestors., by this point about 780 people had been arrested.

 

Police Arrest 700 on Brooklyn Bridge-New York Times

 

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NYC Arrests as Protestors March Through Lower Manhattan

After nearly a week and a half of peaceful protests, the first arrests occurred as thousands of protestors marched through lower Manhattan on September 25th, 2011. This is the when the first reports of police brutality began as protestors were maced, tased, and assaulted. The accompanying video shows the now infamous video of NYPD Officer Anthony Bologna macing non-violent protestors. He was docked 10 vacation days as a disciplinary action for his brutality.

This was the first clash of many between Occupy protestors and an aggressive police force.

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