Obligatory of the Friday the 13th: RUN RUN RUN RUN.
Occupy Wall Street News Round Up of the Day: A week after the “occupation” of Wall Street began with a “Day of Rage,” the peaceful demonstration took a turn for the violent as tensions between police and protesters boiled over.
Between 80 and 100 members of the so-called “99 percent” were arrested for impeding traffic; some were charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. According to protest spokesman Patrick Bruner, the police response was “exceedingly violent.”
Bruner’s claim appears to be confirmed in footage from the Financial District and surrounding areas showing mostly unprovoked altercations between NYPD officers and demonstrators.
“I was shocked because it seemed like one person after another was being brutally tackled, and it wasn’t clear why,” rally attendee Meaghan Linick told the New York Daily News. “I was deeply disturbed to see them throw a man [down] and immediately they were pounding on him. Their arms were going back in the air. I couldn’t believe how violent five people needed to be against one unarmed man.”
Perhaps the most egregious incident involving excessive force came after NYPD officers began kettling protesters with orange police nets. In a video posted to YouTube, a uniformed officer can clearly be seen approaching a corralled group of women and macing them without warning or provocation, before quickly leaving the scene (see below).
In a statement to CBS New York, the NYPD said every arrest made was “justified.” The official Occupy Wall Street website is demanding jail time for the police officer responsible for pepper spraying the barricaded women.
Ironically, by attempting to curb the protesters’ continued Wall Street presence, the police may have unwittingly supplied the “diffuse and leaderless convocation of activists against greed, corporate influence, gross social inequality and other nasty byproducts of wayward capitalism” with the “infusion of energy” they had long hoped for.
This is going to get worse. This has all been planned, it’s just coming to public fruition. It’s simple….
“Bankrupt” America —> Create widespread middle class job shortage while simultaneously taxing the living hell out of the poor —> Keep promising change; change never happens —> People become eventually upset (rightfully so) —> Anger and poverty bubbles over into the first small, and peaceful, protest/rallies —> Peaceful protesters are arrested for absolutely no reason, even police are unable to explain why, but their orders come from superiors with no explanation —> People become more angry —> Resulting in larger, and more widespread protests, due to unjust actions of the Police force, which are trickling down vaguely from higher government —> Protests actually DO become violent —> Government uses it as an example to instill fear that will help them take away MORE of our civil liberties.
It’s. Only. Going. To. Get. Worse. - You can absolutely count on it.
I sobbed while watching the videos of this last night - I don’t want to live in this world, but I have no choice.
I don’t want to sound harsh but I’m going to, and that’s that. This is our new reality. Educate yourselves on how to MAKE the government listen (join the ACLU, volunteer with activist groups, make contacts). Learn the pragmatic skills of neutralizing pepper spray (baking soda/water/milk in a spray bottle will help), getting out of zip ties (lots of Youtube videos on this), improvising weapons if you need to (but not as a first resort, of course). Don’t assume any more that any “authority” figure has your best interest at heart, don’t think they’ll hesitate before “making an example” of you. Do not stop taking to the streets just because they are brutal, just learn to get around the brutality. My heart goes out to all the people who were beaten and abused at the rallies, but I am also damned proud that they were there- and I hope this doesn’t stop them.
BOLDED FOR FUCK YEAH!
Early Bird Special: Good morning! The market is on the brink of collapse, Goldman Sachs rules the world, and traders are going to sleep at night dreaming of another recession because they see it as an opportunity to cash in.
Oh, did I say good morning? I meant STOCK UP ON CANNED GOODS morning.
UPDATE: Yes Men: “We’ve never heard of Rastani. He isn’t a Yes Man. He’s a real trader who is, for one reason or another, being more honest than usual.”
Kicking Queen of the Day: Last Friday, 18-year-old Michigander Brianna Amat lived the dream of many American girls, becoming her high school’s homecoming queen. Later that same day she lived the dream of many American boys, kicking a game-winning field goal against one of her school’s toughest rivals.
Amat is no stranger to gender-equalizing accomplishments, being the first girl to play on Pinckney Community High School’s varsity football team.
“For the longest time, I was the shyest kid ever, and now everybody knows my name,” Amat told the New York Times. “It’s a totally different experience.”
Dog Food Ad For Dogs of the Day: Nestlé Purina PetCare recently introduced the world’s first TV commercial which targets dogs over their owners.
The Beneful ad features two high-pitched whistles that should not be audible to the human ear. The company hopes seeing their dogs excited at the mention of Beneful will convince owners to purchase the product for their pet.
My dog is deaf.
Scenes From A Protest of the Day: A NYPD officer setting up barricades ahead of tonight’s ongoing march on Wall Street was caught on tape telling a colleague that his “little nightstick” was “going to get a workout tonight.”
Below: We Are Change founder Luke Rudkowski struck by a police baton during a melee between NYPD officers and protesters in the Financial District. A second angle on the same scene follows underneath.
Fox 5 photographer Roy Isen and Fox 5 reporter Dick Brennan were present at the Financial District fracas and say they were struck with nightsticks and sprayed with Mace. Watch their report below:
Even if the major news networks want to dub OWS pointless/leaderless/silly, why aren’t they covering the police brutality and illegal arrests?
DO YOUR FUCKING JOB, “JOURNALISTS”!!!
Second Occupy Movement News Update of the Day: 24 Occupy Wall Street demonstrators were locked inside the La Guardia Place Citibank branch and arrested for criminal trespassing. They were attempting to close their bank account at the time.
Footage captured at the scene shows a woman being arrested by a plainclothes cop while shouting “I’m a customer, I’m a customer.”
Ryan, who has made a mission out of discrediting the movement, has been monitoring the online activities of Occupy Wall Street organizers since the protest began. Yesterday, Ryan posted to Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government the OWS mailing list, which features thousands of email addresses belonging to OWS demonstrators.
Elsewhere, News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch was interrupted several times during his speech at the National Summit on Education Reform by Occupy Sesame Street protests.
“Corporations own all the media in the world; why should they not own all the education as well?,” quipped activist Joe Hill, who was dressed as Sesame Street’s Count. (In Taiwan, Occupy Taipei protesters flashed signs that featured familiar Angry Birds characters.)
The NYPD set up barricades to control the crowds; police in riot gear made an appearance, as did mounted cops and the counter-terrorism unit. According to an eye-witness, police officers have formed a human chain stretching for hundreds of feet.
The latest reports from the scene suggest the police are preparing to start arresting any protester who refuses to clear out. Occupy Wall Street’s official site says the arrests have begun. NY Scanner appears to confirm this.
Watch the Take Times Square standoff unfold live below:
shit is getting real.
I’m going to be physically ill.