Mass arrests in New York

Occupy Wall Street has now issued its first official statement, to “all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world “:

As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.

Read it. Meanwhile, early Saturday evening, as demonstrators tried to stage a march to Brooklyn, police moved in and arrested 700, allegedly because they spilled off the Brooklyn Bridge’s walkway to the roadway and blocked traffic.  (Note the article about this appears in the Washington Post’s business section: they know which audience they’re trying to make happy).  Protesters say the police lured them onto the main portion of the bridge where they would have no exit, then surrounded them and rounded them up.   TheNew York Times initially went with the demonstrators’ account, then changed its story within half an hour:

Alternet has a first-hand account from the bridge here. Occupy Wall Street urges calls to the New York Police and Mayor Bloomberg to protest the arrests:

1st Precinct: +1 (212) 334-0611
77th Precinct: +1 (718) 735-0611

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

At this rate, I expect drone attacks on the demonstrations soon.

3 thoughts on “Mass arrests in New York

  1. how did a Google Earth map of Wall Street get inserted as the first hyperlink above? I didn’t do that. It looks almost as though I stumbled somehow on the planning chart for the drone attack. I am now moving to the basement; be very afraid.

  2. Great post.
    Note how the media never dwell on the reasons for a protest for more than a sentence before grumbling about how they oppose law and order, which forms an “us and them” scenario. Not hard to see why….

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