NYPD Beats Protesters and Reporters; 30,000 March to Brooklyn Bridge
November 18, 2011 Occupy Wall Street.org & Russia Today News
During the "clearing" of the Zucotti Park encampment and the subsequent street demonstrations, police violently beat and arrestws nonviolent protestors, mainstream and independent reporters, news photographers and even a retired police chief in full uniform who had "crossed over" to stand with the protestors. "It doesn't feel like downtown New York," one international reporter observed, "It feels like a militarized police zone."
NYPD Swarming Liberty Square
In Bloody Assault Occupy Wall Street
NEW YORK (November 17, 2011) -- Live Updates:
• 3:26 pm: video of bloodied protestor *warning: graphic content • 3:12 pm: thousands marching down both sides of Broadways toward Union Square; others taking subways throughout the five boroughs • 2:38 pm: march gathering to join student strike at Union Square. • 2:28 pm: videographer reports assault by undercover cop, video coming soon. • 2:28 pm: surrounded by media, occupiers inside Liberty Sq chant "the whole world is watching" • 2:26 pm: heavy police presence continues, occupiers undaunted • 2:18 pm: Liberty Square reopened, occupiers return inside to see blood on the ground • 2:11 pm: multiple victims reported. Witnesses confirm man tackled from behind by NYPD, bloodied, stripped of clothing. • 1:56 pm: at least one medic reports protestor bleeding from the head inside the Square. NYPD is preventing medics from helping. • 1:53 pm: for no apparent reason, police have invaded Liberty Square and began indiscriminately shoving people and reportedly hitting people with batons • 1:49 pm: paddy wagons approaching; more and more police surrounding the square; no way in or out; imminent mass arrests anticipated • 1:43 pm: police using metal barricades to seal off Liberty Square; peaceful protestors are being told they are not allowed to leave; widespread reports of violence inside • 1:38 pm: helmeted police are raiding Liberty Square, batons drawn; they have closed off the entrances and are not letting people in or out • 1:26 pm: reports that riot police are mobilizing just outside Liberty Square; NYPD attempting to search Wikipedia "Free Bradley Manning" truck
NEW YORK (November 17, 2011) -- As NYPD arrested Philly police retired captain Raymond Lewis at OWS protest, crowds were cheering. It comes as peaceful Occupy Wall Street protest has turned violent yet again. RT correspondents on the ground report that police have begun to arrest people brutally in Manhattan.
NEW YORK (November 15, 2011) -- Liberty Square (Zuccotti Park), home of Occupy Wall Street for the past two months and birthplace of the 99% movement that has spread across the country and around the world, is presently being evicted by a large police force in full riot gear.
We will reoccupy! Updates • 6:05 a.m. Liberty Square has been cleared. General assembly under way at Foley Square. • 3:36 a.m. Kitchen tent reported tear-gassed. Police moving in with zip cuffs. • 3:33 a.m. Bulldozers moving in • 3:16 a.m. Occupiers linking arms around riot police • 3:15 a.m. NYPD destroying personal items. Occupiers prevented from leaving with their possessions. • 3:13 a.m. NYPD deploying sound cannon
• 3:08 a.m. heard on livestream: "they're bringing in the hoses." • 3:05 a.m. NYPD cutting down trees in Liberty Square • 2:55 a.m. NYC council-member Ydanis Rodríguez arrested and bleeding from head. • 2:44 a.m. Defiant occupiers barricaded Liberty Square kitchen • 2:44 a.m. NYPD destroys OWS Library. 5,000 donated books in dumpster. • 2:42 a.m. Brooklyn Bridge confirmed closed • 2:38 a.m. 400-500 marching north to Foley Square • 2:32 a.m. All subways but R shut down • 2:29 a.m. Press helicopters evicted from airspace. NYTimes reporter arrested. • 2:22 a.m. Frontpage coverage from New York Times • 2:15 a.m. Occupiers who have been dispersed are regrouping at Foley Square • 2:10 a.m. Press barred from entering Liberty Square • 2:07 a.m. Pepper spray deployed -- reports of at least one reporter sprayed • 2:03 a.m. Massive Police Presence at Canal and Broadway • 1:43 a.m. Helicopters overhead. • 1:38 a.m. Unconfirmed reports of snipers on rooftops. • 1:34 a.m. CBS News Helicopter Livestream • 1:27 a.m. Unconfirmed reports that police are planning to sweep everyone. • 1:20 a.m. Subway stops are closed. • 1:20 a.m. Brooklyn bridge is closed. • 1:20 a.m. Occupiers chanting "This is what a police state looks like." • 1:20 a.m. Police are in riot gear. • 1:20 a.m. Police are bringing in bulldozers.
Phone • Call 311 if you're in the NYC area. • NYPD 1st Precinct: 212.334.0611 • NYPD Central Booking: 718.875.6303 • NYPD Internal Affairs: 212.487.7350 • City Hall: 212.788.3058
More • live audio coverage from WBAI • #ows on twitter • live updates on reddit • live tweeting from Mother Jones reporter @JoshHarkinson • coverage from Al JAzeera
http://occupywallst.org/article/you-cant-evict-idea-whose-time-has-come/ You can't evict an idea whose time has come.
Occupy Wall Street
NEW YORK (November 15, 2011) -- A massive police force is presently evicting Liberty Square, home of Occupy Wall Street for the past two months and birthplace of the 99% movement that has spread across the country and around the world.
The raid started just after 1:00am. Supporters and allies are mobilizing throughout the city, presently converging at Foley Square. Supporters are also planning public actions for the coming days, including occupation actions.
Two months ago a few hundred New Yorkers set up an encampment at the doorstep of Wall Street. Since then, Occupy Wall Street has become a national and even international symbol -- with similarly styled occupations popping up in cities and towns across America and around the world. A growing popular movement has significantly altered the national narrative about our economy, our democracy, and our future.
Americans are talking about the consolidation of wealth and power in our society, and the stranglehold that the top 1% have over our political system. More and more Americans are seeing the crises of our economy and our democracy as systemic problems, that require collective action to remedy. More and more Americans are identifying as part of the 99%, and saying "enough!"
This burgeoning movement is more than a protest, more than an occupation, and more than any tactic. The "us" in the movement is far broader than those who are able to participate in physical occupation. The movement is everyone who sends supplies, everyone who talks to their friends and families about the underlying issues, everyone who takes some form of action to get involved in this civic process.
This moment is nothing short of America rediscovering the strength we hold when we come together as citizens to take action to address crises that impact us all.
Such a movement cannot be evicted. Some politicians may physically remove us from public spaces -- our spaces -- and, physically, they may succeed. Mb>But we are engaged in a battle over ideas. Our idea is that our political structures should serve us, the people -- all of us, not just those who have amassed great wealth and power. We believe that is a highly popular idea, and that is why so many people have come so quickly to identify with Occupy Wall Street and the 99% movement.
You cannot evict an idea whose time has come. 30,000 People March to Brooklyn Bridge Occupy Wall Street (November 17, 2011)