Tasers and Mass Arrests on Wall Street

September 25th, 2011 - by admin

Reader Supported News & Danny Schechter / In The Public – 2011-09-25 22:13:08


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Occupy Wall Street Saturday:
Tasers and Mass Arrests

Scott Galindez / Reader Supported News

(September 24, 2011) — Occupywallstreet.org is reporting 55 arrests during today’s community march. While the live feeds were up I witnessed a very powerful arrest of a law student whose parents were recently evicted from their home. He dropped to his knees and gave an impassioned plea for the American people to wake up! There are reports of police kettling protesters with a big orange net, at least five maced, and police using tasers.

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Occupy Wall Street
Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

(September 24, 2011) — A very loud spirited march over one thousand strong is marching on Wall Street. It is hard to get an accurate read on the crowd size but there are clearly more than a thousand. Chants of “Who’s Street! … Our Street” are echoing through the narrow Manhattan streets. Their chants include “All day, all week occupy Wall Street.”

Occupation Put On Notice?
Scott Galindez / Reader Supported News

(September 24, 2011) — Men in suits escorted by the NYPD entered the park at 11:30 am to handout “notices.” The notices according to those present spelled out the rules for the park, which is owned by Brookfield Associates. The notice was not on letterhead and was not signed. The NYPD filmed the issuing of the notice. Some of the rules in the notice included no sleeping, no skateboards, and no riding bicycles.

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A Report from A Front That May Soon Be Shut Down

Danny Schechter / In The Public

(September 25, 2011) — Before you read on, watch this: a video from the base camp of the #OccupyWall Street protest that is now in its seventh day. It’s called “No One Can Predict the Moment of Revolution. (The video was produced by HYPERLINK “javascript:void(0) “Martyna Starosta and her friend Iva.)

These are the faces of a wannabe revolution, more than a protest but not yet quite a major Movement, The spirit is infectious perhaps because of the sincerity of the participants and their obvious commitment to their ideals.

Occupy Wall Street is more than a protest; it is as much an exercise in building a leaderless, bottom-up resistance community with a more democratic approach to challenging the system where everyone is encouraged to have a say.

But saying that also leads to a conflict between my emotional identification with the kids that have rallied in this small park/public space on Liberty Street to exercise some liberty, with a despairing analysis that wishes this enterprise well but harbors deep doubts about its staying power and impact.

This privately owned park, devastated by debris on 9/11 and then rebuilt by a real estate magnate who named it after himself, is also a place that is under 24 hour surveillance from a hostile New York City police Department which has put up a fence on one side of the park, and brought down a spy tower from Times Square to track the participants from on high, sprinkled infiltrators into the crowd.

By the time I left, late on Saturday afternoon, the police arrested 70 people who had joined a march that went from Wall Street to Union Square, New York’s traditional gathering place for political rallies for nearly l00 years.

You can watch it all on a live stream.

In many ways, this is a 2011-style protest modeled after Tahrir Square in Cairo. It is non-violent, organized around what’s called a “General Assembly” where the community meets daily to debate its political direction and discuss how it sees itself. There are no formal leaders or spokespeople, no written down political agenda and no shared demands.

They focus on using social media. Twitter is their megaphone.

They have no soundsystem. When participants want to make an announcement, they yell “Mike Check,” which is repeated by the whole crowd. They also repeat the announcement, a few words at a time so everyone can hear it.

This bottom-up anarchist sensibility and ideology conflicts with the mass mobilizations of old where an organization issues a call and a coalition of groups carries it out.

I ran into some of yesterday’s movement leaders, Leslie Cagan who ran United for Peace and Justice and organized the massive anti-Iraq war protests and marches in New York and Washington before and after. She was as intrigued as I was about this gathering of the committed. She found the focus a bit vague but seemed willing to give it a chance to grow and learn by making its own mistakes.

Other 60’s activists like Aron Kay, known as the “pie man” for all the famous and infamous people he pied in the face to protest their crimes and misdemeanors — including Andy Warhol for dining with the Shah of Iran — was also showing his solidarity by turning up and squatting in the park.

Lower Manhattan on a Saturday is usually a Mosque less Mecca for tourists visiting Ground Zero, a crime scene if there ever was one. It is a symbol of a national failure to defend this country as well.

It’s also the place where the 911 Truth Movement shares its findings weekly about what “really happened” with visitors.

Just a few blocks away is another crime scene: Wall Street, which symbolizes an ongoing economic failure. In this past week, access has been limited and in this free country of ours protestors could not parade in front of the NY Stock Exchange, another privately run financial institution. That led Yves Smith of the Naked Capitalism blog to opine, “I’m beginning to wonder whether the right to assemble is effectively dead in the US.”

Many banks like Chase doubled their security forces and put up fences to protect themselves from the people the NY media has labeled “kids and ageing hippies.”

The panic in the exchange is mirrored in the insecurity in the streets where surveillance cameras, private police forces and NY cops defend the bastions of privilege.

The police went on the offensive Saturday with mass arrests of activists. Scott Galindez filed this report on Reader Supported News: “While the live feeds were up, I witnessed a very powerful arrest of a law student whose parents were recently evicted from their home. He dropped to his knees and gave an impassioned plea for the American people to wake up! There are reports of police kettling protesters with a big orange net, at least five maced, and police using tasers.”

There were also reports of the use of mace, tear gas and pepper-spray, which hit, two old women. We are so used to these stormtrooper tactics that most expect them. There had been fewer arrests last week although the police seem to now have identified key organizers and are singling them out.

On Saturday, police gave out a notice saying that it is now illegal to sleep in the park. They then put up a sign on a park wall. I watched a member of the police command, a “white shirt” named Timoney, marched into the park and gruffly ordered the communications team that spends most of its time tweeting out the latest news, to take down some large umbrellas the activists were using to protect their computers from rain.

The police consider these “structures” and prohibit them. Earlier in the week, they arrested people for using tarps to protect their gear. (They don’t see the irony in that term given the way the TARP law bailed out the banksters.)

Many of the people in park believe the end may becoming with the police eager to end what they see as a Woodstock on Wall Street complete with topless teens and long hairedmilitants. This assemblage clearly affects their macho identity as upholders of law and order, as they define it. The probably agree with the right wing Red State website that calls the protesters a “menagerie.”

I wouldn’t rule out mass arrests once a provocation, theirs or the protests, provides the pretext.

Will the Occupy Wall Street collectives be able to continue to occupy a zone that has been occupied for years by the greedsters of the finance world?

More importantly, will the issues they are trying to draw attention to, however symbolically, be taken up by others?

Will it take more cracked heads or even a police killing to move New Yorkers to support a campaign to rein in Wall Street?

Where are the unions and New York’s progressive democrats and organizations? Why aren’t they in the streets?

Why don’t they realize that economic justice issues are essential to transforming this oligarch driven country?

I having been calling for years for more protests on Wall Street to put the issues of Wall Street crime on the agenda, But with media barely covering this “occupation,” with the activists being denigrated for their youth and inexperience, will this one have the impact I was hoping for.

It seems unlikely.

News Dissector Danny Schechter directed Plunder The Crime of Our Time, and wrote a companion book about the financial crisis as a crime story. (Plunderthecrimeofourtime.com) Comments to Dissector@mediachannel.org

A Quick Grab from a Torrent of Live Twitter Feeds

silkNblaze: i’m not talkin about the GA echo, but a tech glitch

earthrevival: good idea about the wall of victims


cesca1910: Expect similar and worse treatment to come. Sorry but it’s true.
justapunk: It is ILLEGAL for them to DENY you the RIGHT to seek MEDICAL attention!!!

Zeromatic: Where does all this people pee and poo?
FloridaMom: what time is the what, greenivy?

justapunk: It is ILLEGAL for them to DENY you the RIGHT to seek MEDICAL attention!!!

FrankieTease: this revolution will not be PRIVATIZED !! http://occupytogether.org
squishsquash: I smell a lawsuit coming

NYCVeteran: video freeze??

zeroemission: much love tokyo KYOTO ACCORD! gozai mas!

buckeyeNationpeace: reaffirming these people were arrested on bogus reason

Acecccccc: It’s time for a class action lawsuit against NYPD

friedpickle: whats the extention at bloomburgs offc?

Zeromatic: At McDonalds?

totalnonsense60: If there ends up being a class action suit against NYPD I would like to know about it. Please email me at nbmom810@gmail.com as I am planning to sue

RichardLane: these people need to speak to the media

libertyguard2012: yikity yak dont talk balk

greenivy: the march tomorrow?


bernadene: we need to speak the truth of what is happening- the banks are sitting on 2 trillion dollars of taxpayers money that they were given

staticharge5347: pick up the camera and walk over there and film her

earthrevival: let’s start a list mods of victims with names

lucid_jream: yes mc donalds

AlienMichael: Sue them for using mace – no excuse for that

guitardude1201: Does peaceful protest work?

brenboo: Be prepared, peaceful revolution

jindoguy: couldn’t she have just walked up to the camera and told her story?

mads0ul: Can someone start inviting the anti-war movement to liberty square!

TheRaven11: MOD get rid of LIBERTY

grannyprober: if you really want to *** off the nypd, get the fire department to protest with you

cesca1910: justapunk Lots of things are illegal – doesn’t mean much these days
revolutionary21: @totalnonsense go for it get a good lawyer

clicheguevara: our government is just as oppressive as the middle east regimes, they just hide it better


FrankieTease: i am thankful to those who are enduring

sdrawkcab_daer: yea work for MLK @guitardude

Fictioul: Petition for Bradley Manning http://wh.gov/4Cp http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPPfMFsHKyY&amp

hyp3rcrav3: Peaceful protest worked for Ghandi

FrankieTease: PEACE

batmangorden: Central Texas FINALLY getting under control here. NO HELP from FEMA as usual.

kannabliss: peaceful protiest is our only option. This has to and WILL WORK!

AutumnSmith: OccupyMichigan-LANSING Oct 15

butterflyblue: cesca, I am afraid you are right . The police is sending a message.


greenivy: I am thankful too.

justapunk: send all physical donations (besides food) to 118 A Fulton st #205 NYC 10038 C/O Occupy wall street

librarian2: guitardude, ask gandhi if it worked for him

joinaunion: http://www.livestream.com/OWSLosAngeles

dutchgenerosity: goodnight stay strong!!!much respect for anon

FloridaMom: JINDOGUY: yes, but she’s telling the general assembly and us this way.

Acecccccc: peacl p[rotest works when polive aren’t being violent dicks

skee360: are the pigs perventing people from bringing in supplies?

RevolutionMouse: don’t tell us who to ban. we find them….


Lynx1: MI occupy link not working http://occupymichigan-lansing-oct.15/ please update link

1WhoNowSees: These people testifying need to be recorded!

LloydjHart: Original Rebel Music Links Here. https://occupywallst.org/forum/place-original-rebel-music-links-here/

staticharge5347: so go film it

TheVolunteerWino: sue the person who sprayed them, . .it was an individual, .. some police actually respect this protest


Sadona: History!!!

thedangle: What’s been discussed in the GA? any new developments?

TampaBullsGirl: They didn’t use mace, they used pepper spray. Is there a difference between OC spray and pepper spray?

noblsht: these corrupt *** made us unemployed, we have nothing left to do but fight these****’s

greenivy: Wnat time is the march tomorrow?

joinaunion: http://www.livestream.com/OWSLosAngeles

AlienMichael: Can we get interview with the women that where maced?

nattyMatty: Im hoping that his is Still Phase I

justapunk: http://www.mobilebroadcastnews.com/NewsRoom/Global-Revolution-LIVE

krisfromfl: These people are heroes and I support everything they do 100%

Acecccccc: dam keyboard

endphonyfed: http://sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/news/?id=9e2a4ea8-6e73-4be2-a753-62060dcbb3c3

librarian2: LOVE YOU NYC!
dps1340: hell i just want to know if they are marching tonight??
wizfan0: media anchor where are you from?
iamduf: this is our united states of what ever!
FrankieTease: YES it is history thanks for reppin us so good
BluFish: Ya I wouldnt look to FEMA for help, actually ID avoid FEMA
Gog1345: ARE your numbers growing?
Lynx1: trying to keep a running updated list of the occupy rallys
justapunk: Supplies list can be found on http://anonymous-worldwide.blogspot.com/
buckeyeNationpeace: 9 days strong power to the people solidarity
CuriousCarlita: NO creemos en el Zionismo NO creemos en el Nazismo NO somos Comunistas NO somos Anarquistas NO somos de Derecha NO somos de Izquierda
butterflyblue: The police are sending a message.
RichardLane: please repeat as he speaks
nyuprisenow: Would you consider this the start of second american revolution ?
ni_ko: monitoring police scanners is illegal
yowty: Peace and Love to NYNY and everywhere else!
phillymanmike: wonderful thing it is
gulfgal98: much love to all the folks at Liberty Square
STRESS1966: repeat occupy lansinf mi info
AlienMichael: We need interview with maced women placed on youtibe
cesca1910: Sadly these youngsters are going to pay the price for their elders’ (parents!) wimpiness
joinaunion: http://www.livestream.com/OWSLosAngeles
lucid_jream: Did you guys get an eviction notice today?
AlienMichael: youtube
MrNotorious: When people are speaking can we get a mic on the main speaker????
twright46: How many people are there now? An estimate.
FirstAmendment: TTYL
eyewall: Robert!
Acecccccc: No Pasaran!!!
mads0ul: let’s go anti-war guys, what do you say? who do you think gets all the interest money when we go into debt to fight these wars???
MrNotorious: When people are speaking can we get a mic on the main speaker????
FloridaMom: skee: no, and please don’t diss the police either, not in general.
earthrevival: we need as many viewers as possible throughout the night and throughout the opening bell in the morning
zezizozom: slm
sdrawkcab_daer: any round about # of people?
LloydjHart: Original Rebel Music Links Here. https://occupywallst.org/forum/place-original-rebel-music-links-here/
Todo88: That’s Robert Stevens.
cesca1910: The fight is going to be very hard, but it is a worthy and necessary fight
mayTRUTHreign: don’t start telling the mods to ban people. no body is doing anything wrong. You don’t have to agree with everyone on this chat
soylentia: people, please stop caps and bold and underlining, for mods only
FrankieTease: one reporter stated its hard for media to get a narritive because it’s not organized by one person
Gandhifan: Night , Petunia
MrNotorious: When people are speaking can we get a mic on the main speaker????
connie111: In that area there are underground parking and alleys, supplies will get through!
buckeyeNationpeace: calm stay focused peaceful movement
moogirlnyc: Mine stopped working.
kannabliss: i wish their was a SA occupy. But the people in SA are extremely a$$holes
gulfgal98: this is history unfolding before our very eyes
justapunk: Supplies list can be found on http://anonymous-worldwide.blogspot.com/
moogirlnyc: ๐Ÿ™ Come back stream…
floorplans: cant she tell her story on camera??
Fictioul: Petition for Bradley Manning http://wh.gov/4Cp http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPPfMFsHKyY&amp
twright46: Hard to live in a conservative state. Trying to start something at the University here, but not a lot of people writing yet.
Justo56: I’m trying to get a hold of one of the board members now
librarian2: take IT BACK!
MystiDale: THANK YOU for relaying for us!!!!
howardbeale: workin on spreading the word here in missouri
Todo88: Thank you Robert. You are a brilliant young man.
Acecccccc: i think peop;le want to hear the people mic
justthoseanons: heres that dallas link again, hit us up, join us!!!! https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=164892940262240
xaerux: @everyone! please do not link to LA livestream only 50 people can watch, it’s being fixed.
FrankieTease: MrNotorious no amplification is illegal
rebelconscience: This is where one can find a girlfriend and not the consumerist types found at malls
RichardLane: just repeat what he says, please
questioneverything: reload if you lost the feed
Gog1345: man I wish all 5000+ of us went there!!!
justapunk: banks took my home 12yrs ago =[
Zeromatic: connie: there is no main speaker
twright46: Progressive club…movement.
anongirl: Agreed Kannabliss. I didnt see any occupy San Antonio!!!!!
greenivy: Saw that…isn’t he a law student?
MrNotorious: When people are speaking can we get a mic on the main speaker????
mads0ul: join with the anti-war movement. it is time!!!
awest: The guy they are talking about right now is awesome, very smart, in college for his law degree
garylar: lets us listen to the speakers!!!!!!!!!!! ssshhhhhh
Paz72: gog ME TOO!
cesca1910: Thank you to all the lawyers helping out!
AlienMichael: We need the story told – they used MACE on women!
buckeyeNationpeace: across the USA people are organizing events in their communities
Zeromatic: oh, you mean the main speaker.
STRESS1966: repeat info of lansing michigan
indigonola: Love~from~new~orleans!!!
MysticStarshine: the bank is taking my house too
floorplans: have them tell stories on camera please
nyuprisenow: The government are trying to take away my parents business
Acecccccc: people in this chat room want to hear the peoples mic
moogirlnyc: I can’t even hear/see it!
floorplans: have them tell stories on camera please
joinaunion: sorry
noblsht: it is too bad, this website does not have the option to slow chat
floorplans: have them tell stories on camera please
FrankieTease: @gsmurphy no way he’s helping
anonbeliever: Robert is OK ???
TIFFBISH: Any info on the one in Austin on oct 6th?
earthrevival: amplication, umbrellas, candles, and tarps banned so far
Fictioul: Petition for Bradley Manning http://wh.gov/4Cp http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPPfMFsHKyY&amp
justapunk: Supplies list can be found on http://anonymous-worldwide.blogspot.com/
beefree: Thx interpretating what crowd is saying
jayeoz: I hear them fine and I was born with a hearing problem
Guy_Forcheese: Dallas Ft. Worth loves you all, fellow 99%’ers!!!
kannabliss: we would have major numbers since we are mainly a hispanic city yo
MrNotorious: When people are speaking can we get a mic on the main speaker????When people are speaking can we get a mic on the main speaker????
blabberbu: A peaceful revolution is about winning hearts and minds.
KlLLJOY: his name is Robert Paulson
arc79: Keep on from NC! Telling my girlfriend to show people this page In Bogota, Colombia!
Apophis2012: TAKE FOLEY SQ
totalnonsense60: They used mace on women who were already trapped in a net. Why bother with the mace too?
FrankieTease: <3<3<3 greenivy: I do wish the chat was slower... Acecccccc: people in this chat room want to hear the peoples mic librarian2: funds and supplies are on the way anongirl: Thank you ContiousLove!!! <3 buckeyeNationpeace: yes that wall idea is good pictures and story points RonPaulNow: Thank you for relaying what he is hearing in G.A. It makes it easier to follow. Justo56: we could send out disposable e-cigarettes. that way no one would need to recharged the battery peace4theworld: much love from Colorado!!! Gog1345: Did Victoria come on today? Todo88: Robert Stevens! <3 moogirlnyc: I guess my computer's crap. ;_; jade111: shush zeroemission: NO SUPPLIES LIST I LOOKED justthoseanons: I belie