VIDEO 3: In Belgium, a plainclothes police officer kicks an “indignant” protester associated with the Spanish movement full-on in the face during an occupation of a bank there. The police officer was later arrested. This is the difference between police brutality in the US and in the EU…
From an Email apparently going around:
“As you all may have seen over the last number of years and particularly the last number of weeks. The seditious left is attempting to strike at the heart of Capitalism itself - Wall Street!
“We can no longer stand idly by, while these Leftist radicals attempt to collapse our free market system.
“Using the left’s own playbook - Rules For Radicals, we will “Infiltrate and Humiliate” the Marxist hoards. We will NOT reveal ourselves, We will NOT have a website, We will not have any visible leaders. Our goal is to humiliate and embarrass. We will sow the seeds of paranoia and doubt among the left. We will expose them for the fools they are.
“Our plan is simple : Infiltrate and Humiliate.
“If you are with us, please respond.
“For God and The Republic”
Reeks of astroturfing, really. Here is some information on “protest warrior,” a group dedicated to distrupting peaceful protests on behalf of war mongers and oligarchs.
Police violently arrest 100 protesters at occupy Boston
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.
Posted Oct. 8, 2011, 1:30 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
#ows is growing. We will be in a thousand cities in this country by the end of the month - hundreds of cities in other countries. We will see General Assemblies on six continents.
Liberty Square has grown exponentially over the last three weeks. It is time to form a second General Assembly in Manhattan. We expect more to follow.
On October eighth at three in the afternoon a General Assembly will convene in Washington Square Park. At the same time Anti-Flag will play an acoustic set in Liberty Square in solidarity with our movement’s expansion.
We are growing. Block by block – city by city. We will see change in this country, in this world. It will happen sooner than you can imagine.
An occupation of Philadelphia’s City Hall to take a stand against corporate greed and corruption in politics, as well as the fact that the wealthiest 1% dominates our country and has stolen our democracy. THIS is what democracy looks like - and it will NEVER be silenced.
I am the 99% - and you are too.
In Philly? Come join us at City Hall (Broad and Market)!
UPDATE 10:09 - At least twenty arrested.
UPDATE 10:33 - Liberty Square is kettled.
UPDATE 10:40 - Liberty Square is still barricaded on all four sides but police are now allowing protesters in and out.
1st Precinct: +1 (212) 334-0611
NYPD Switchboard: +1 (646) 610-5000
NYPD Central Booking: +1 (212) 374-3921
NYPD Internal Affairs: +1 (212) 741-8401
Mayor Bloomberg: +1 (212) NEW-YORK or +1 (212) 374-3921