A major march happened this afternoon with thousands of occupiers headed towards Union Square in Manhattan. After winding through the city streets, police began to divide and kettle the occupiers with orange netting. Here’s what we know:
At least 80 occupiers were arrested over the course of the event, including event organizers and members of the media team. At one point, the person in charge of Livestreaming the march was arrested as well. Occupiers were reportedly kept in buses for up to two hours, with some refused water, medication and bathroom trips.
Several videos quickly made their way online, showing unprovoked police brutality including macing occupiers who were already contained, aggressively shoving random occupiers, kneeling on arrestees already on the ground, and arresting unrelated pedestrians. However, earlier reports of teargas were later found to be inaccurate.
A few hours after the incident, occupiers slowly made their way back to Liberty Plaza, encountering heightened numbers of police fencing in the square as well. Reports indicated that several people were already released by the end of the evening, and police suggested that the rest may be released by tomorrow morning.
As night fell, police levels eased somewhat. Both morale and numbers in the camp are still high.
As usual, with reports of violence comes mainstream media coverage. For more in-depth information, check out The New York Times blog which has a good list of events.
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:
Today’s march/events are scheduled to begin at 12pm! Any followers in the greater NYC area are encouraged to head to Manhattan!
12pm: Meet at Liberty Square
1pm: March of the 99% on Wall Street
6pm: “We are the 99%” Open Forum Presentation, including discussion with the 15 May Movement in Spain
7pm: Arts Committee presents a concert with some amazing acts!
The General Assembly has released a document entitled “Principles of Solidarity.” This document will come to serve as a sort of constitution, laying out the guiding principles of the group and the ends they hope to achieve. The document is continuously being edited by the Assembly, and members of the public may leave comments at any stage on the General Assembly’s website.
» There is a big march scheduled for tomorrow at noon! This will mark the first week of occupation, and the beginning of week 2. Stay tuned to Twitter and the Livestream for the latest info. «
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.
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.