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Occupy Wall Street - Saturday action 400-700 arrested
After more than a thousand people stormed through rush hour traffic for a volatile protest at the downtown police station yesterday, somewhere between 400 and 700 were pulled off the Brooklyn Bridge and arrested late this afternoon, having shut down traffic. You can get more from NYC Indymedia on the "IMC Network" link on the left margin of this home page. DC Indymedia has videos of some of the recent police actions leading up to these two actions. A reported 2,000 marched to Los Angeles City Hall and in Boston a rally at Bank of America, if I have my information right while in transit.
Yesterday's action against police brutality was intense, right in the faces of surrounding NYPD officers. One of the tabloid papers tried to soft pedal the whole thing this morning, joking and mocking the action. The assertions were that only 500 marched, most of them due to an erroneous report of a Radiohead concert there (Occupy is still confused about how this message got out and apologized to the band); that the protesters planned to go to one location but got lost and ended up at another (i.e disorganized and out of touch with the local area as if all from out of town); that the group "lacks focus" on its message, thus not connecting to the local population (the same media tactics used in the BART protests here, at least until BART police started arresting journalists). "Who's streets? Our Streets!" was one of many chants repeated over and over throughout the march and rally.
However the AP and Reuters are already on today's actions with the basic facts - hundreds of non-violent protesters arrested. "Occupy Everything" was the theme for today's march. Protesters reportedly went right up on the Bridge around 4PM. The general population in NYC is outraged, the action was in support and solidarity with the "Occupy Wall Street" group, which continues occupying Zucchesi Park in the Wall Street neighborhood around the clock. New Yorkers haven't had this much political political unrest in years.
Below is from a post on NYC Indymedia:
Brooklyn Bridge Occupied
Posted Oct. 1, 2011, 4:56 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Police have kettled the march on the Brooklyn Bridge and have begun arresting protesters. At least 20 arrested so far.
Follow the action
UPDATE: 5:15PM - Brooklyn Bridge has been shut down by police
UPDATE: 5:55PM - At least 50 arrested.
UPDATE: 8:17PM - NYTimes reporting hundreds arrested - including a reporter - police appear to have deliberately misled protesters.
UPDATE: 8:40PM - Around 400 peaceful protesters arrested.
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"We are the 99%" Solidarity March with #OccupyWallStreet at 3 PM
Posted Oct. 1, 2011, 9:09 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
We the 99% will not be silent and we will not be intimidated. This Saturday thousands more of us will march together as one to show that it is time that the 99% are heard. Join us on the 2nd week anniversary of your new movement.
This is a call for individuals, families and community and advocacy groups to march in solidarity with the #occupywallstreet movement on Saturday, October 1st at 3 p.m.
We are unions, students, teachers, veterans, first responders, families, the unemployed and underemployed. We are all races, sexes and creeds. We are the majority. We are the 99 percent. And we will no longer be silent.
As members of the 99 percent, we occupy Wall Street as a symbolic gesture of our discontent with the current economic and political climate and as an example of a better world to come. Therefore we invite the public, our fellow 99 percent, to join us in a march on SATURDAY AT THREE, starting from LIBERTY PLAZA (ZUCCOTTI PARK) at LIBERTY & BROADWAY.
March will end with a gathering and some eating at Brooklyn Bridge Park 5:30 pm.
Special Guests include Amiri Baraka and others! Food provided.