The story a few days ago was that some OWS people were arrested "because they went into a Citibank to close their account". I knew that there was more to the story and had my suspicions (which were right), but it's a bit surprising to find out on DU.
garybeck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Mon Oct-17-11 12:08 PM
What went wrong with the Citiback arrests (my perspective).
Edited on Mon Oct-17-11 12:13 PM by garybeck
When I heard that a bunch of people were arrested for closing their accounts at Citibank this weekend, I thought, OMG, WTF is going on in this country??? I searched the internets and for 2 days all I could find is a short video showing some people getting arrested but no real explanation.
Today I read this article by one of the protesters:
Now I get it.
Folks, this is not how to do it. These people were asking to be arrested. If they want to make a big show and tell their story, do it OUTSIDE the building, on the public sidewalk, NOT INSIDE the place of business.
If they want to make a big statement by doing this together all at the same time, just walk in as a group, get in line, walk up to the teller, and cancel your account. Or withdraw 99% of your savings.
DON'T walk into a place of business and stage a "Teach in" as the article describes. And if they ask you to stop and you don't, what do you expect? This is their place of business. If you walk in there and do anything other than conduct business with them, you're disrupting their operations, and you're just asking to be arrested.
It doesn't matter if you're walking into Starbuck's and pontificating about the price of tea in China, or holding a teach-in at Citibank. In either case you're going to get arrested if you don't stop when they ask you to.
If they were planning or hoping to get arrested from the beginning, then they did a great job. But i'm not sure it really was a great idea. If they were surprised that they were arrested and thought the bank was going to let them conduct a "teach-in" in their lobby, I think they have a screw loose somewhere.
Just my opinion, I guess.Eric J in MN (1000+ posts) Mon Oct-17-11 12:44 PM
Response to Reply #8
10. There was only one request to stop, according to that report.
...and it was from management.
The cops could have told them, if you don't leave then you'll be arrested for trespassing.
There was no police warning.
Even that woman who respected the management request to leave was dragged back in by an undercover cop.sewpershad Donating Member (909 posts) Mon Oct-17-11 01:33 PM
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17. Mr Graybeck
Why aren't the thieves <1% ers > not being manhandled and charged for bring this country down by crookery?garybeck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Ignore list Mon Oct-17-11 01:56 PM
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19. what does that have to do with this particular incident?
my OP was about a group of people who went into a business and held a "teach-in" and didn't leave when they were asked to, and for some reason a lot of people seem to be surprised that they were arrested.
your question is completely unrelated. I agree that the people who pull the strings at the big banks should be in jail. But that has nothing to do with this.
If that's the point these people are trying to make, going to a local branch where there are 99%ers at the teller booth and holding a teach-in and not stopping when asked to, is not the right approach.
maybe they should head down to the corporate headquarters, ala Michael Moore style.
but to ask your question in this context is a little out of place.So says the "greedy" Sarah Ibarruri who many, many times on DU has made it clear that she feels entitled to whatever she wants without working for it.Sarah Ibarruri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Mon Oct-17-11 12:42 PM
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9. Here's what I don't get. Why don't banks act HONESTLY? The jerks realize that...
in popularity there right down there along with dog poop, so why don't they CLEAN UP THEIR ACT? My God, the people running banks are greedy flesh and nothing else.
Nye Bevan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Mon Oct-17-11 01:52 PM
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18. Thanks. Previous threads on this made it sound like they were waiting quietly in line,
asked politely to close their accounts, and were then arrested.
There's usually more to the story.