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OWS Protesters Regroup after Zuccotti Park Evacuation

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Posted on Nov 14, 2011
AP / Bebeto Matthews

Police arrest an Occupy Wall Street protester at Zuccotti Park on Tuesday in New York. 

Citing health and safety concerns, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg defended his decision to eject the Occupy Wall Street encampment from Zuccotti Park on Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, protesters fought back on the legal level with a restraining order and reconvened near their former headquarters to figure out their next moves.

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said that around 200 people were arrested in the ouster. Meanwhile, the Occupy Wall St. Facebook group made a call for supporters within and outside of the city to come to “the center of the empire” on Thursday and shut down Wall Street. “Imagine what tens of thousands of people in the streets around Wall Street looks like,” the post said. “Now help make it happen.” —KA

The New York Times:

The mayor, at his news conference, read a statement he had issued around 6 a.m. explaining the reasoning behind the sweep. “The law that created Zuccotti Park required that it be open for the public to enjoy for passive recreation 24 hours a day,” the mayor said in the statement. “Ever since the occupation began, that law has not been complied with” because the protesters had taken over the park, “making it unavailable to anyone else.”

“I have become increasingly concerned — as had the park’s owner, Brookfield Properties — that the occupation was coming to pose a health and fire safety hazard to the protesters and to the surrounding community,” Mr. Bloomberg said. He added that on Monday, Brookfield asked the city to assist in enforcing “the no sleeping and camping rules.

“But make no mistake,” the mayor said, “the final decision to act was mine and mine alone.”

Some of the displaced protesters regrouped a few blocks away at Foley Square, with the row of courthouses on Centre Street as a backdrop, and swapped stories of their confrontations with the police as they talked about what to do next.

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By OzarkMichael, November 16, 2011 at 12:49 pm Link to this comment

A Leftist said:

Hats off to the judge! At least someone thinks we have LAWS.

except when the Occupiers insist that LAWS dont apply to them. In such cases we apparently dont have LAWS.

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By OzarkMichael, November 16, 2011 at 12:43 pm Link to this comment

The Communist said:

This is what Slavoj Zizek means when he says we can still learn things from Lenin in the sense of not being afraid of forming a coherent, organized revolutionary vision to fight back. Yes, form the Soviets, branch out to the peasants and workers, create the storm, before it’s too late.

The Occupy movement is a first step in the Leninist playbook.

Do we want to go there?


Never again! Never again!

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By OzarkMichael, November 16, 2011 at 12:28 pm Link to this comment

dear rumblingspire,

step out of line.  i know you are there, trying to co-opt the military and the police. show courage.  step out of line.  tell the truth.

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By rumblingspire, November 15, 2011 at 6:21 pm Link to this comment
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dear policeman,

step out of line.  i know you are there.  show courage.  step out of line.  join the 99.

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By gerard, November 15, 2011 at 4:38 pm Link to this comment

Just a brief summary of Occupiers’ accomplishments up to now =,even if they disband and never do another thing—and nonviolently, to boot!
  1.  They discovered and showed the effectiveness of “the people’s mic” giving a unified human voice to the previously voiceless people who were denied amplification by the (short-sighted) system.
  2.  The persistent but non-aggressive repetition of Berkeley students resisting police aggression by standing firm and shouting: “Don’t beat students!Don’t beat students!” effectively defused police aggression.
  3.  By including in camps and living with “street people” and coping with human waste without plumbing, etc. then being forcibly removed by police
and defamed by media as “dirty” “filthy” “health
hazards” etc. they pointed up (without preaching) the greater “filth” in the “system” of neglect, poor health and homelessness insituted by the greed of the 1%.
  4. Illustrating the use of human-friendly horizontal decision-making in contrast to top-down rule by self-appointed minorities.
  5. By the trashing of camps and filling dump trucks and hauling them off containing personal possessions that were publicly called “the detritus of democracy”, they permitted the point to be made that “trashing people” and hauling people off to jail in police busses is not all that different in intent or in result.
  6. They brought about occasional “defections” from the 1%, shown by official people of conscience who came forward alone to face personal losses, plus the public admissions of some police, unions and some media people as “part of the 99%” worked as public evidence of the fact that the line between
“sympathizers” and “opposition” is fluid and gradually moving toward support for the Movement—convictions to “go public” that are based on experiential evidence from “working inside the beast” , so to speak.
  By comparison, does anybody honestly think violence could have accomplished more, or in a better way in a shorter time?  Pretense of support, plus instigation toward violence seems to me a kind of double-dealing, yes-but-no support dubious in intention because self-contradictory, half-hearted, “let’s you and him fight” sort of attitude.
  Non-violence has worked pretty well so far, and ordinary people will welcome the fact that no blood is running in the streets and that the severe injury of one person by police, plus the arbitrary junking of the personal belongings of hundreds of others, does not make violence look too good.

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By Robespierre115, November 15, 2011 at 3:56 pm Link to this comment

We need to learn from our neighbors in Latin America. In Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Argentina etc. the people rose up,held mass protests but ORGANIZED organs of popular movements ready to take power democratically and bring about real reforms, meanwhile the street movements were kept intact to apply needed pressure as seen recently in Bolivia. OWS is just an opening spark, to go all the way people must move beyond the slogans and generalized ideas and start seriously forming an alternative to smash the old order.

The capitalist state will not negotiate, it will not tolerate, it knows what it wants and is ruthlessly organized. This is what Slavoj Zizek means when he says we can still learn things from Lenin in the sense of not being afraid of forming a coherent, organized revolutionary vision to fight back. Yes, form the Soviets, branch out to the peasants and workers, create the storm, before it’s too late. OWS will either be the catalyst, or another repeat of the Spartacist uprising in Germany of January 1919.

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By MK Ultra, November 15, 2011 at 3:53 pm Link to this comment

If Americans had any gumption and sense of right and wrong, all of these people who are arrested would demand trials and after going thru the entire mockery of the legal system, a jury of their peers would find them innocent.  However, good luck to finding that unity or that sense among the flocks of sheep that inhabit this messed up nation.

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By MK Ultra, November 15, 2011 at 3:47 pm Link to this comment

The judge has upheld the City’s decision.  What a shocker!  A servant of the 1% siding with them.

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By exexexexpat, November 15, 2011 at 2:26 pm Link to this comment
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I am all for the new revolution…  and I loved Chris’s boxing allegory.

This being pushed around is what you get if you are “non violent”...

behold fascism.

behold war crimes and crimes against humanity all over the place.

The only way forward for this revolution is to pop them.

pop the pigs, the banksters, the well coiffed media vermin, the whole bit.  Stalk them, pop them.  Big and small.  Let them live in fear.

Christmas is coming, start decorating them trees a bit early.  A couple well placed celebrity Xmas decorations and I guarantee the mood changes real quick, the actual revolution will then have started.

There is no such thing as a non violent revolution.

These black hooded hoods have shown you the only language they speak…  it isn’t lawful, legal, Constitutional or any of the like…

Time for revolution is now, at any and all levels, disorganized so as not to be infiltrated, lone wolf style, with millions of copycats.  Turn sabotage into an art form.  Whether big or small, violent or not, use your creativity.

if you think about it, it’s an incredibly fragile house of cards…  quite easy to bring down actually.

All it takes is a small group of determined individuals with a common goal who don’t even know each other so as not to be tracked and neutered.  It’s the ultimate weapon.

i.e.  Is the electric grid fragile?  The communication infrastructure…  on a smaller scale is it not even ultra easy to create a monster traffic jams?  Tie up airports in knots? (sprinkle powder detergent all over the departure sidewalks, see what happens), etc, etc,  Let you imagination run wild… and “JUST DO IT !”

bring the whole thing to a grinding halt.  No more transactions, no cash, no profits… You kill the beast.

It’s their maximum fear.

It’s the only way.

PS to censors:  That’s OK, I’m ready to be ex-ex-ex-ex-ex-expat next time…

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By Leefeller, November 15, 2011 at 12:22 pm Link to this comment

When I was sent to Vietnam, I had my doubts to why we were were in Vietnam. Now it has finally become clear, I was sent to Vietnam so ass holes like Bloomberg can abuse people in our own country like we treated the Vietnamese!

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By Outraged, November 15, 2011 at 12:12 pm Link to this comment

Make that second livestream this instead:

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By Payson, November 15, 2011 at 11:49 am Link to this comment

If we want to make progress we have to get off Facebook and get in the One
Percent’s face.

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By Outraged, November 15, 2011 at 11:13 am Link to this comment

Many additional reports of Journalists being targeted
by police, although this was already in play.

“As the “Occupy Wall Street” protests have spread
across the United States, so too have arrests of
journalists seeking to cover the demonstrations.

The intimidation and harassment of reporters by
authorities has not been confined to widely-
publicised hotspots such as New York and Oakland,
Calif., but has moved into the heartland, with recent
arrests of journalists caught on video in Wisconsin
and Tennessee.”

Remember what happened to Amy Goodman during the
Republican Convention in Minneapolis.

Last Night:
“Andrew Katz, a journalism student at Columbia
University who was writing for the Web site The
Brooklyn Ink, said that the police “wouldn’t let us
get anywhere near Zuccotti.”

Mr. Katz said that at the corner of Broadway and
Fulton Street, three blocks from the park, some
police officers told him to stand on the sidewalk
while others told him to stand on the street. “I was
shoved by police on the sidewalk and then off the
sidewalk,” he said. “Where was I supposed to go? It
led to confusion among the press.”

Rosie Gray, a writer for The Village Voice, recounted
telling a police officer, “I’m press!” She said the
officer responded, “Not tonight.”

Of course it was to “protect them”.  They’re such liars.  Bloomberg is completely full of it and so is anyone else eschewing this garbage.

Hats off to the judge! At least someone thinks we have LAWS.

It seems to me that the first thing they’ll need is support. To donate (if you don’t already have the link):

Screw Bloomberg, he should pay for all the property he’s destroyed.

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By rumblingspire, November 15, 2011 at 10:32 am Link to this comment
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“Now help make it happen.”
Yes, make it happen peacefully because i’d rather not throw this brick.

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