NYPD corrals - and subsequently maces - a group of female protestors at #OCCUPYWALLSTREET action this afternoon.
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Reports are coming in of today’s peaceful march of several thousand occupiers being brutalized, arrested and kettled in preparation for mass arrests.
Several arrests were mentioned throughout the afternoon as the march wound through Manhattan on its way to Union Square. NYPD is now believed to be encircling occupiers there with nets and crowd control forces. Bloodied occupiers were reported and heavy-handed police tactics are being used to corral the occupiers into mass arrests.
The occupier managing the Livestream equipment was reportedly arrested just a few minutes ago, and the broadcast is being switched to backup equipment.
There are fears that police may soon move on the encampment at Liberty Plaza, with a note handed out this morning ‘prohibiting’ sleeping in the park areas.
EDIT: mass arrests shown here via @jeffrae after splintering/corralling the crowd:
Now, on to today’s news:
- Yesterday morning, the Labor Group organized an interruption of a Sotheby’s art auction on the Upper East Side. The action was taken in solidarity with union art handlers who are subject to a de-unionization campaign by Sotheby’s during contract re-negotiations. The video and backstory is available here. Needless to say, the participants at the auction didn’t appreciate the interruption, but the occupiers message was received LOUD and CLEAR!
- A list of current needs was uploaded. If you can spare anything at all, bring them to Liberty Plaza (Zuccotti Park), Manhattan NY 10006 -or- ship them to UPS Store 118A, Fulton St #205, New York NY 10038
- A benefit concert was planned for October 6th. This event will “broaden outreach and awareness of the movement through arts and entertainment, and provide a convergence space for artists, activists, peacemakers, healers and the spiritual community.” The Concert Committee requests that any artists/entertainers who would like to help contact them directly (info in the linked article above).
- The Food Fund for the occupation, which has raised nearly $17,000 to date, is being converted into a General Fund. Contributions are being solicited here. Furthermore, Occupy Wall Street has acquired a “fiscal sponsorship” through the Alliance for Global Justice. This will allow funds to be accessed more easily for upcoming events and for supplies.
From the General Assembly:
- A communiqué was issued this afternoon by the General Assembly (Day 6).
- Notes from yesterday’s 1:00pm General Assembly made their way online. Among topics discussed include planning for tomorrow’s march, discussion of future opportunities to network with unions, and discussion around future financial organization.
And BIG news from around the country: cities across the US and Canada continue to organize solidarity marches and even more occupations! Many have been planned for October 6th. If you cannot participate in #OCCUPYWALLSTREET in New York, you are all encouraged to visit this website to see where your local event will be. Currently, occupations in Chicago and San Francisco have already begun!
Quite a busy night at Wall Street! Several marches occurred this evening, and more will be taking place later tonight, according to certain Twitter feeds.
- Perhaps the most active point occurred when a large group of Troy Davis marchers joined up with occupiers at Liberty Plaza, and the two groups made an impromptu march on Wall Street.
- Attendance for tonight’s marches and assemblies was in the 1,000 to 2,000 range.
- Six people were arrested by NYPD after the above action, prompting another march toward the first precinct jail to demand information on those being held. Police presence was heavy throughout the evening along the march routes, as well as at Liberty Plaza. The Media Centre is requesting that people call the NYPD and request the occupiers be released.
Other news from the camp:
- More groups of occupiers arrived in Liberty Plaza this morning, and the feeds were flooded with reports of people making their way towards New York to participate in the occupation.
- Comedian Lee Camp came to Liberty Plaza and performed to entertain the occupiers.
- At this evening’s General Assembly, members of the PSC city university professors union arrived to show solidarity with the occupiers, and the President of the union made a speech to the assembly.
- A communiqué was released this afternoon by the General Assembly.
And elsewhere: news of solidarity demonstrations in cities across North America being planned, and separate occupations being organized in Chicago, Arizona, Ohio, Florida and California.
Here’s a digest of today’s news from Liberty Plaza:
- Details of brutal police treatment of occupier Mariel Moshiri were published this evening. The occupier was released this afternoon after being arrested during Tuesday’s police action. She was let go “after 28 harrowing hours in police custody. Her detainment included being moved to 3 different jails and a trip to Belleview Hospital.” She was repeatedly denied her medication, food and water, and kept in painful conditions by NYPD.
- In all, four people were arrested today by the NYPD for various offences during a march on Wall Street, including refusing an order to change direction on a protest march and refusing a police order when told not to stand on a public sidewalk.
- One communiqué was released this morning by the camp.
- Two general assemblies were held over the course of the day today. During the 1pm assembly, an occupier reported receiving support for the movement from Noam Chomsky, who is currently on a speaking tour in Europe.
- Members of the IWW’s New York General Membership Branch visited the protest this afternoon to express solidarity.
Here are the updates this morning!
Regarding yesterday’s incident:
There are no updates at this time regarding the occupiers still in custody after yesterday, or the report of a occupier being taken to hospital yesterday evening.
An excellent report on yesterday’s police incident is up via the Indypendent Media Centre, and yesterday’s action made headlines at several news sites and daily newspapers.
Elsewhere on the feeds:
Things seemed calmer last night, as many feeds reported that the police presence was waning back to normal levels. One police intervention to dismantle a video projector screen was reported last night, but no violence occurred. One arrest was reported this morning at about 10am, but no more information is available.
A successful General Assembly was held last night at 7pm. Feeds reported that about 500 people were in attendance.
Reports have indicated that both morale and numbers are up at the camp since yesterday’s troubles. The police action failed to intimidate the occupiers.
Several reports of carpools have come in, and a Facebook page has been established for finding rides to the occupation. Vans from as far away as Seattle and San Francisco are making their way across the country to boost the numbers at Liberty Plaza, and people are encouraged to come to the square if they can.
As reported yesterday, the occupiers have received a flurry of legal aid and assistance, retaining the services of Wylie Stecklow and receiving support from the National Lawyers Guild, NYCLU and ACLU.
As always, anyone able to travel to NYC to participate in the action is encouraged to do so!
Here’s what we know so far about this morning’s violence at Liberty Plaza:
At least 6 occupiers were arrested by NYPD early this morning when police moved on the camp to disassemble some tarps and tents. The tarps were established over the course of yesterday evening to protect against incoming rain. Reports indicate that one person was arrested and ticketed for “illegal use of sound device without a permit,” and has been released at this time. The rest remain in custody without charge.
Several Twitter feeds have stated (unconfirmed at this time) that one individual is in critical condition after the incident. The police were filmed using substantial force in arresting the occupiers,
with one occupier reported to have lost teeth after being slammed to the sidewalk by a NYPD officer. It is unclear at this time if that was the same individual that is now in critical condition.
UPDATE via the Media Committee: “One of the protesters received a
largegash on their leg, another lost a tooth. Multiple police tackled a protester and sat on him as he continually warned them that he was experiencing an asthma attack. One of the medics on site informed the police that they needed to call an ambulance because this was a potentially fatal circumstance. They ignored him. We have no current information on this protester, but we hope that he hasn’t been murdered by the police. We are determined to remain a peaceful protest, in spite of the brutality we have witnessed.”
After this morning’s call for legal aid, several people have come forward and offered their assistance for monitoring police activity. One lawyer has come forward and stated that he believes establishing tents is protected by the law and would be willing to represent the protestors pro bono. The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) has also pledged its support for the cause.
On the supplies front: energy continues to be a need for the occupiers. Many have reported that they have enough food for now, but they still need generators/energy devices, Dell 1525 laptop batteries, and supplies (like tarps) to help protect them from the elements.
Unrelated to this morning’s police violence, Yahoo! admitted unintentional censorship of emails mentioning #OCCUPYWALLSTREET: ThinkProgress reports that users of internet giant Yahoo’s email service received strange warning messages when sending emails concerning the occupation, claiming their accounts were suspected of “suspicious activity” and refusing to send the messages in question. After many reports and videos surfaced documenting the issue, @YahooCare tweeted: “We apologize 4 blocking ‘occupywallst.org’ It was not intentional & caught by our spam filters. It is resolved, but may be a residual delay.”
You can continue to watch this blog for updates for the duration of #OCCUPYWALLSTREET. Anything ‘confirmed’ will be stated as such, but as it is an evolving situation some details will change. I will try to put a ‘digest’ of the news (received mainly via Twitter) up at least once a day, sometimes more often if developments warrant it.