Reports of beatings, lost teeth, arrests, people being pushed down.
People are confused and unsure why police raided the park.
Update: Hundreds of NYPD storm Zuccotti for a single man who was pushing fences.
The entire raid seems to have been to arrest a single man (Brendan “Romania”), whom the NYPD tackled to the ground, whereupon he sustained a serious cut to the head. Multiple witnesses claimed he was repeatedly “beat down” and “stomped.” His pants and boots were ripped off. Live stream showed evidence of his clothes strewn about and blood splatters.
A crowd of several hundred protesters marched from Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan to the New York Stock Exchange a few blocks away on Thursday as Occupy Wall Street demonstrators across the country promised mass gatherings to mark the movement’s two-month anniversary.
Lines of helmeted police, some on horseback, blocked every approach to the financial district in New York. Several streets in the area were closed.
The demonstrators chanted “Shut down wall street!’ and carried signs, such as “Tax Wall Street” and “Why Wait for Permission to Claim Freedom? Occupy Your Mind.”
Police said about 75 were arrested, including a woman in a wheelchair who was trying to block traffic. There was some minor scuffling as those arrested refused to walk and were carried away.
Protesters had to break into two groups as they encountered police at each intersection leading to the exchange. Broadway was closed because of snarling traffic.
Most New York Stock Exchange workers reported little difficulty getting into the building. Workers had to pass through checkpoints to reach the building on Broad Street, and trading began on time.
If you have 8 minutes, watch this.
If you don’t have 8 minutes, wait until you do.
oh my god THIS IS BEAUTIFUL. he’s maybe a little angry. And this is exactly what I mean about the Seattle protests, and about -all- the protests. MAYOR BLOOMBERG: MASCOT OF OCCUPY WALL STREET.
If I could show this to my dad, I wonder what he’d say. I only hope to some ears these words ring true.
LOL@ “THAT GOD DAMN BATMAN MOVIE!”
I’ve already posted this once, it’s too good to miss.
Infographic: The People Who Make Up Occupy Wall Street
by Trent Gilliss, senior editor
Some interesting stats on OccupyWallStreet.org visitors courtesy of Fast Company:
- More than 80% of participants are white
- 90% are college-educated
- Nearly half of participants are 25-44
- Nearly half have full-time jobs and make under $25k/year
- More than 70% are political independents
- More than 60% are male
- Participation in Occupy events jumped from 24% in early October to 43% two weeks later
Me? I’m curious to know how these types of movements can include different types of minority communities — whether by race, by gender, by religion, or by socioeconomics — in the protests and what difference it makes when they do so.
I have a comment/query out to Fast Company and the author about the spiritual/religious makeup of participants. I’ll share more if I receive it.
The 99 Percent has once again outmaneuvered Mayor One Percent.
Last week, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg hoped to use an unannounced “health and safety inspection” to shut down #OccupyWallStreet once and for all. With cold weather coming, the NYPD and FDNY raided Zuccotti Park and seized the fuel and generators used by the demonstrators to power their media center and kitchen, among other necessities.
To many, it looked bleak for the movement. But the Occupiers are a resourceful bunch. Not inclined to surrender, a group of them drove up to Boston where they acquired a bunch of bicycle-based generators.
300 police surround the camp. Tune into the livestream here. Police are arresting people. This is not my country.
The Occupy movement’s first casualty? While authorities aren’t sure whether or not the death — a 42-year-old man who jumped eight stories off a parking structure near the protest site — was directly related to the protests, the death nonetheless cast a bit of a pall on the…
The “99%” is not one social body, but many. Some occupiers have presented a narrative in which the “99%” is characterized as a homogenous mass. The faces intended to represent “ordinary people” often look suspiciously like the predominantly white, law-abiding middle-class citizens we’re used to seeing on television programs, even though such people make up a minority of the general population.
It’s a mistake to whitewash over our diversity. Not everyone is waking up to the injustices of capitalism for the first time now; some populations have been targeted by the power structure for years or generations. Middle-class workers who are just now losing their social standing can learn a lot from those who have been on the receiving end of injustice for much longer.
The problem isn’t just a few “bad apples.” The crisis is not the result of the selfishness of a few investment bankers; it is the inevitable consequence of an economic system that rewards cutthroat competition at every level of society. Capitalism is not a static way of life but a dynamic process that consumes everything, transforming the world into profit and wreckage. Now that everything has been fed into the fire, the system is collapsing, leaving even its former beneficiaries out in the cold. The answer is not to revert to some earlier stage of capitalism—to go back to the gold standard, for example; not only is that impossible, those earlier stages didn’t benefit the “99%” either. To get out of this mess, we’ll have to rediscover other ways of relating to each other and the world around us.
I spent a few hours down there tonight.
The crowd is diverse, not as predominately young as I perceived from afar. They’re well organized, they have places set up for medics, food, media, etc. The General Assembly hosts a wide variety of speakers, of all ages, gender, race and…