Photos from the ongoing police-protester standoff in Oakland right now. All of the photos were taken by Intifada Tent, a Twitter user currently live-tweeting from Oakland. The tear gas canister pictured above is, according to @IntifadaTent, the same brand used by the Israeli military.
A member of the Occupy London protests was stopped from boarding his flight home for Christmas after he was found carrying anarchist literature, it has been claimed.
The demonstrator, who is part of the group occupying the empty UBS building dubbed the “Bank of Ideas”, said he was told he would not be allowed on the Ryanair flight to Malaga because the pilot feared he might distribute leaflets and “upset other passengers”.
John Charles Culatto, 34, claimed he was approached by police at Bristol International Airport who told him they had seen him “acting suspiciously” on the airport’s CCTV system when he stopped to talk to fellow travellers.
He said he went to airport security an hour before his flight was due to depart, where staff found posters in his bag linked to the anarchist group Crimethinc and refused to allow him through until they had contacted the airline. He claimed he overheard security staff who were examining his luggage using the word “terrorism”.
When he finally got to the boarding gate, he claimed he was prevented from boarding by staff. Mr Culatto said: “[I was told] that because of the very remote possibility I could distribute leaflets on the plane and upset people, the captain had decided not to take me aboard.”
A spokesman for Servisair, which manages the departure gates, said Mr Culatto was stopped because he arrived at the gate after it closed because of the time it took to clear security. He said the decision not to allow him to fly was taken by the airline.
Ryanair called the allegations “complete and utter rubbish”.
A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police confirmed that “a 34-year-old man was delayed by airport security”. He said: “We sent some officers at the airport’s request but they were not required.”
Up to 50,000 people braved the cold and snow on Saturday to turn out for the largest ever protest against the rule of prime minister Vladimir Putin.
Bolotnaya Square, across the river from the Kremlin in central Moscow, was filled to overflowing with thousands standing shoulder-to-shoulder on the bridges and along the riverfront leading to the site. Tens of thousands of police and interior troops were deployed around the area, but protesters had been allowed by officials to gather in an unprecedented show of discontent.
Shouts of “Russia without Putin!” and “Freedom!” were mixed with demands that the Kremlin annul a disputed parliamentary election that saw Putin’s United Russia party gain nearly 50% of the vote despite widespread accusations of fraud.
"I demand new elections," said Maxim, 26, an economist. "If they don’t agree, we will continue to come out. The people have woken up – they see there’s a point to going out into the streets and expressing what they don’t agree with."
Opposition leader Vladimir Ryzhkov said a further protest would be held on Christmas eve if the Kremlin refused to cancel the election results. The overwhelmingly young crowd organised via social networking sites and exceeded early estimates of 30,000.
Activists at Occupy Wall Street have issued a call to thousands of protesters across the US to reoccupy outdoor public spaces to mark the movement’s three-month anniversary.
The Occupy movement has stalled in recent weeks after a wave of evictions swept away a raft of encampments, including the largest in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and New York. On Wednesday, it suffered a fresh blow as police in riot gear cleared Occupy San Francisco camp on the orders of the mayor, who had been sympathetic to protesters, while Occupy Boston lost legal protection against eviction.
Organisers said they hoped the call to reoccupy on the 17 December would galvanise and grow the movement.
Amin Husain, a press spokesman for OWS, said: “We know that occupation empowers people and eliminates fear. It permits individuals to assert themselves as political beings even although the system doesn’t represent them.” […]
In a piece published this week in the first issue of Tidal, a magazine published by the Occupy movement, Judith Butler, academic and feminist theorist at the University of California, Berkeley, spoke of its importance.
Butler said: “When bodies gather together as they do to express their indignation and to enact their plural existence in public space, they are also making broader demands. They are demanding to be recognised and to be valued; they are exercising a right to appear and to exercise freedom; they are calling for a liveable life.
"These values are presupposed by particular demands, but they also demand a more fundamental restructuring of our socio-economic and political order."
Police State Tactics On Display Nationwide
In the last couple of days, police at Occupy protests:
- Bludgeoned peaceful protesters at Berkeley … and then said that the protesters’ locking of arms was “violent”
- Beat and reportedly broke the ribs of a peaceful protesting, 70-year old, Pulitzer prize winning literature professor at Berkeley (and see this).
- Punched a woman in the face for showing a court order to the police stating that the protesters can be in the park
The Guardian’s Laura Pennie notes:
Law enforcement is there to protect a wealthy elite from the rest of the population
A teenage girl holds a hastily written sign saying: “NYPD, we trusted you – you were supposed to protect us!”
The sentiment is a familiar one. Across Europe, over a year of demonstrations, occupations and civil disobedience, anti-austerity protesters have largely shifted from declaring solidarity with the police – as fellow workers whose jobs and pensions are also under threat – to outrage and anger at state violence against unarmed protesters. Following last month’s police brutality in Oakland, and today’s summary eviction of the Occupy Wall Street camp, American activists too are reaching the conclusion that “police protect the 1%”.
“Who do you guys work for?” Shouts one Manhattan protester, as police load arrestees into a van. “You work for JP Morgan Bank!”
And the Washington Post’s James Downie writes:
As hard as the NYPD and New York City’s government might try to obscure the truth though, one truth remains: At 1 a.m. this morning, in the heart of New York City, protesters exercising their constitutional rights to free speech and assembly were swept away by the state, while that state also did all it could to prevent media coverage. No matter what one may think of the occupiers or their cause, nothing they’ve done justifies blockading the press or ignoring court orders. Mayor Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and other New York leaders who ordered the eviction should take a long, hard look at their handling of the occupation. This morning’s action may not be what a police state looks like, but it’s certainly how one begins.
Occupy the Polls! Several Occupy sites and their allies are encouraging folks to get out and rock the vote today. Sites like Cincinnati, Boston, Tulsa and others have been sending links with information on the candidates via twitter all day and encouraging
Occupy Ashville member, Martin Ramsey, reports that following Occupy Asheville’s November 2nd day of action, “the Asheville Police Department has… been arresting Occupy Asheville people rather indiscriminately and charging them all with the same crimes. Reactionary comments by police have been making their way through the press and we’re hopeful that due to this, a climate of doubt surrounding Ron Moore, our District Attorney, and our continued pressure and action will result in the dismissal of all charges against Occupy participants.” The group hasn’t let the arrests stop them from mobilizing. This Saturday Occupy Asheville marched in solidarity on BoA and RBC with the Southern Student Renewable Energy Conference anti-bank action, with total numbers at nearly three hundred.
Tonight at 9pm Occupy Atlanta will hold a press conference where they will provide updates on the Occupation of the foreclosed Rorey family home. Last week, Tawanna Rorey’s husband, a police officer based in Gwinnett County, e-mailed Occupy Atlanta to explain that his home was going to be foreclosed on and his family was in danger of being evicted on Monday. So within a few hours Occupy Atlanta developed an action plan to move to Snellville, Georgia on Monday to stop the foreclosure. At least two dozen protesters encamped on the family’s lawn, to the applause of neighbors and bystanders. Occupy Atlanta set up two tents in the front yard, draped a “This Home is Occupied” sign over the porch railing and handed out bottled water and granola bars to other members. Tonight the group is expected to announce the formation of Occupy Gwinnet whose first action will be to take over the occupation of the Rorey house as well as research other wrongful foreclosures in Gwinnet. Gwinnet has the 4th highest foreclosure rate in the country.
**Occupy Boston Free School U. Needs Volunteers**
The Free School provides free daily classes and workshops in activism. Occupy Boston’s Free School University needs Greeters, Forum Coordinators and Online Help (wiki, mailing list, website, twitter.)
CALL TO ACTION: If you can help please contact Eden@FreeSchoolUniversity.org or attend this Friday’s Volunteer Meeting at 4:00pm.
Video: Governor Scott Walker gets mic checked by the 99%: http://front.moveon.org/scott-walkers-chicago-speech-taken-over-by-the-99/#.TrlZNw00vBw.twitter
Like many other sites, Occupy Cincinnati has been encouraging people to get out and vote today and has been using Twitter to encourage voters to seek out more information on all the local candidates: http://www.wlwt.com/politics/29649250/detail.html.
Today Ben and Jerry (yup – the ice cream guys) visited Occupy DC and handed out free scoops of ice cream. Tonight Occupy DC is hosting a march and Homelessness 101 Teach-In tonight in McPhersonSquare. You can catch the Occupy DC livestream at http://occupydc.org/. The last reports from twitter announced that the group was “blockading at least six intersections around building w Koch Bros, Herman Cain, Mitt Romney, etc.”
[Member report] During the wee hours of the morning a pair of officers informed Occupy Maine members that their tents are considered homes and cannot legally be entered by the police. The group is well on its way to becoming an established community with a bank account, huge yurt and library (equipped with a new Indy Media and Activism section).
**Help Occupy MN Save a Foreclosed Home**
Occupy Minneapolis/Occupy Minnesota will help a local woman take a stand and fight back against the bank trying to take her home. OM will occupy the home of Monique White tonight. White lost her job as a Youth Counselor due to state budget cuts, and then she lost her home. Now White has decided to stay in her home, raise awareness about foreclosures, and put an end to banks taking peoples’ homes. Occupy Minneapolis/Occupy Minnesota will protect and occupy her home beginning tonight. Get more information at http://vimeo.com/31770485 and http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=212533328819790.
CALL TO ACTION: Sign the petition to tell US Bank CEO Richard Davis to keep Monique White in her home chn.ge/uw224u
[Huffington Post report] A police attack against Oakland man Scott Campbell has drawn national attention and outrage after Campbell released a video of the incident on YouTube. Early Thursday morning after Occupy Oakland’s general strike, Campbell filmed police officers as they surrounded the remaining protesters. According to Campbell, an officer asked him to step back as he approached the police line with a video camera. Campbell obliged, and then began filming about ten feet from the officers. On the video, Campbell can be heard asking “is this OK?” twice. Several seconds later, an officer shoots him with what appears to be a rubber bullet. Watch the video here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/08/scott-campbell-films-police-shooting_n_1082393.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003
Today Occupy Portland protesters joined hands in an enormous circle around Pioneer Courthouse Square in solidarity with 15,000 environmentalists in Washington D.C. In a move to pressure President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline for dirty tar sands oil, Oregonians from all walks of life joined Occupy Portland to protest against this polluting and dangerous project. Check out the video from today’s Occupy Portland Tar Sands Protest http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8794iOt0CQ0
Twitter report this morning: The Occupation in Raleigh is down to three people.
Check out the Occupy Sacramento livestream at http://www.livestream.com/occupysacto.
The city council of Seattle is debating a resolution that would support Occupy Seattle. The resolution would “recognize and support the peaceful and lawful exercise of the First Amendment as a cherished and fundamental right in the effort to seek solutions for economically distressed Americans at the federal and local levels.”
Occupy Wall St.
Occupy Wall Street is going on the road — a two-week, 240-mile walk to Washington. A small group of OWS activists plans to leave Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park at noon Wednesday. They hope to arrive in DC by Nov. 23rd, the deadline for a congressional committee to decide whether to keep President Barack Obama’s extension of Bush-era tax cuts. Today – David Crosby and Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young are performing at Zuccotti Park.
[Press Release] Just before 11 am today, Tuesday, members of the Worcester Anti-Foreclosure Team (WAFT), homeowners Pablo and Shirley Travieso and family, and members of Occupy Worcester lined up in front of the Traviesos’ two-story house at 24 Illinois St., drowned out the voice of auctioneer John Baker by chanting loudly, and blocked his entry to the property. The 44 protesters held signs and their chants included “Bank of America/Bad for America”, “Banks got Bailed Out/We got Sold Out”, and “What does democracy look like?/This is what democracy looks like!” The auctioneer, John Baker, acting for Bank of New York Trust, trustee for a bundle of mortgages in which this one was included, gamely proceeded with the auction at 11am despite the noise, and as there were no other bidders, the bank took back the house for $79,900.
To link Occupy sites around the globe, Occupy LSX’s International Commission group is proposing a global, publically available mailing list with one assembly-endorsed contributing contact from each assembly. The kind of information that would be shared in the list would be information like:
- Proposals for other assemblies to discuss
- Updates from occupations
- Requests for help
- Any other information an assembly would like to share with the world
If your site is interested in being included on the list, please email email@example.com with your assembly’s designated contact.
Occupy Sao Paulo is liberating abandoned buildings to give shelter to homeless families. Early Monday families of homeless workers occupied abandoned buildings in the center of São Paulo. The group told reporters yesterday, “We cannot and should not continue to suffer from a lack of housing. We are starting with houses and land that have already been abandoned and will turn them into a large housing project for low-income families.”
[CTA report] Occupy protesters are resisting municipal orders to leave and dismantle their three-week old camps in cities across Canada as eviction notices are being served and court injunctions sought. Eviction notices have been served in Victoria, Quebec City and Vancouver, while officials in Halifax have struck a deal with demonstrators to move their tents for Remembrance Day ceremonies to be held at their camp site. In Victoria, protesters rejected a notice of removal on Monday, marching past a statue of Sir John A. Macdonald on their way to deliver a letter to city hall. The letter declares that the city of Victoria has failed to uphold the Charter of Rights and Freedoms right to peaceful assembly.
In solidarity with students, education workers and everyone resisting the various attacks on education, Tent City University (Occupy London’s education arm) is holding ‘Teach-Outs’ before their big NCAFC demonstration on Wednesday at 10:30am. Get more info at http://tentcityuniversity.occupylsx.org/?p=107.
Chaos erupted at the Occupy Sydney protest this weekend, with several protesters being dragged away by police. About 100 protesters had moved from an earlier rally at Martin Place on Saturday afternoon to Hyde Park to continue their protest against corporate greed. Their protest was peaceful until police moved in to take down a tent set up by protesters. Several people were dragged away by police as protesters chanted “Let them stay, let them stay” and called the police “nazis”. A strong police presence remains in the park, with at least 50 officers standing by.
Unlike last month’s dawn raid that ended Occupy Sydney’s week-long protest at Martin Place, protesters were prepared for police action, with many of them recording the chaotic scenes on cameras and mobile phones.
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The perceived dithering and divisions of church officials over the protest camp outside St Paul’s in London have claimed a second major scalp with the resignation of the cathedral’s dean, the Right Rev Graham Knowles.
The dean – whose job is sufficiently senior that a replacement must be approved by the Queen – announced that mounting criticism over the cathedral’s handling of the situation made his position “untenable”.
In a statement read on his behalf to the media at the Chapter House, opposite St Paul’s, Knowles said: “In recent days, since the arrival of the protesters’ camp outside the cathedral, we have all been put under a great deal of strain and have faced what would appear to be some insurmountable issues.
"I hope and pray that under new leadership these issues might continue to be addressed and that there might be a swift and peaceful resolution."
Last week the St Paul’s canon chancellor, Giles Fraser, stepped down after the cathedral’s governing chapter voted to begin possible legal action against the Occupy the London Stock Exchange camp, in place now for 16 days. A part-time cleric also resigned.
Cathedral elders have faced criticism not just over the possibility that force and violence will be used to evict the camp, but for the decision to close the cathedral for a week over health and safety concerns that remain unclear. The church has also experienced wider condemnation for failing to properly and publicly agitate on the excesses of finance and global banking until prompted to by the camp, part of a burgeoning global movement.
On January 29, 2011, Hillary Clinton told Hosni Mubarak: “We urge the Egyptian authorities not to prevent peaceful protests.”
On October 25, 2011, Oakland Police told peaceful protesters: “I hereby declare this to be an unlawful assembly. If you refuse to go now, chemical agents will be used.”
From last night’s press release from the Oakland Police Department:
Q. Did the Police deploy rubber bullets, flash-bag grenades?
A. No, the loud noises that were heard originated from M-80 explosives thrown at Police by protesters.
The San Francisco Chronicle begs to differ:
Protesters scattered in both directions on Broadway as the tear gas canisters and several flash-bang grenades went off. Regrouping, protesters tried to help one another and offered each other eye drops.
Q. Did the Police use tear gas?
A. Yes, the Police used a limited amount of tear gas for a small areas as a defense against protesters who were throwing various objects at Police Officers as they approached the area.
California police resorted to tear gas as many as five times Tuesday, attempting to force hundreds of Occupy Oakland protesters to disperse.
So was it used to make them disperse, or was it used in self-defense? Were flash-bangs used, or were they not used? The videos certainly seem to show that they were used in copious amounts.
This is nonsense. Interim Police Chief Howard Jordan must resign.