Showdown at Zuccotti Park


My Twitter feed is ablaze.

As I write this, NYPD are in the act of evicting the OWS protestors from Zuccotti Park. And the cops must feel justified in the rightness of their actions because they are doing it at 2 am under the cover of darkness, barring any reporters from getting near the scene, and telling nearby residents that they are unable to leave their homes until the repression is complete.

After seeing what happened in Oakland, I would reason that if you’re going after people armed with little more than pot and drum circles in full riot gear, you are probably part of the problem. Unfortunately I am off to start another shift so I can’t see how this latest development plays out, but stay safe everyone.

(Sources: Twitter, LA Times)

Comments

  1. says

    They tried to make them give up in every way possible. They took away their source of heat with winter coming on. In the end, they reverted to police state tactics. We’ll see how this one pans out for them.

    Thanks for spreading the message, let’s make sure people don’t start forgetting about this just because reporters weren’t allowed to be there.

  2. Duke York says

    In case anyone is interested in engaging in their first amendment rights, the address of the mayor’s off is:

    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
    City Hall
    New York, NY 10007

    A strongly worded, civil, physical letter might sway Bloomberg. Or at least make him embarassed at how he’s acting.

  3. Kate from Iowa says

    What is possibly bothering me the most about this is the sheer number of interviews that are already starting to show up to the tune of “really, what were we doing here?” and “why can’t we just do this from home.” The media has gotten no better or more balanced in thier coverage than they were to begin with, but the message this last round sends out may well do more damage to the OWS movement than any amount of tales of drug overdoses and violence within the camps may.

    Of course, in my little midwestern opinion, they should have had offices rented and set up for contact/triage anyway, but they didn’t and so, here we are.

  4. F says

    See, the police and the govs are just spreading their message. And since not enough, or not the right people are upset about it, such tactics will increase.

    I haven’t seen any of our rights and privacy revoked post 9/11 return, nor anyone in corp or gov pay penalties for exceeding the already ridiculously broad police powers taken by the gov in our “war on terrorism”.

    And seeing as the ridiculous “IP” laws and secret international agreements just keep getting worse, I don’t think the trends of making corporations people, and people tools, is gonna change any time soon.

    Good luck, humans.

  5. says

    The police also carted away the library the protestors had assembled with hundreds of books that are probably now ruined.

    They also wouldn’t allow people living in houses around the area to leave the buildings infringing on the rights of people who had nothing to do with the protests.

    I never liked Bloomberg who basically bought his way to the mayorship and overriding the desire of the voters to restrict mayors to only 2 terms. This has done nothing to change my opinion of him.

  6. Paul says

    Not allowing people who live in the area to leave their houses was probably a wise precaution. The police do seem to have an unfortunate tendancy to kill murder random passers by “accidentally”.

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