#1 Police and Occupy Wall Street protesters clash at New York park03-18-2012, 03:40 PM
By Beth Stebner
PUBLISHED: 05:49 EST, 18 March 2012 | UPDATED: 10:19 EST, 18 March 2012
On the six-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, protesters swarmed its birthplace –Zuccotti Park – again sparking the cat-and-mouse clashes between New York City police officers and demonstrators.
The sweep of the park by police just before midnight capped a day of demonstrations and marching in lower Manhattan. There was no official word on the number of arrests but dozens of people were handcuffed and led out of the park.
Earlier in the day, 15 people were arrested and three officers suffered injuries, police said.
An unused public transit bus was brought in to cart away about a dozen demonstrators in plastic handcuffs.
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03-18-2012, 07:21 PM
DEPLOY THE DEAT...I MEAN "CROWD DISPERSAL" RAY...May the FORCE be with you!
03-18-2012, 08:06 PM
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03-18-2012, 11:33 PM
Dozens of Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested during the weekend as police cleared New York's Zuccotti Park, where demonstrators had gathered for the struggling movement's six-month anniversary.
The park remained closed on Sunday with a sprinkling of police surrounding it, keeping the area clear while crews cleaned up following Saturday night's protests. A sweep just before midnight, when roughly 300 demonstrators had gathered in the park, capped a day of protests and marching in lower Manhattan.
The New York Police Department said it arrested 73 protesters between Saturday afternoon and early Sunday morning.
Ed Needham, one of several members of the leaderless movement's press team, said the weekend's flare-up could draw renewed attention to Occupy Wall Street.
"Every time they use violence to put us down, it only increases the number of people that are empathetic to the cause. It adds fuel to the fire and draws attention to the movement," he said.
"Mayor Bloomberg did us a big help last night in terms of fundraising. But it's not just about the financial aspects - it's not about people writing checks, although they will, it's about people standing up to be counted."
Inspired by the pro-democracy Arab Spring, the Wall Street protesters targeted U.S. financial policies they blamed for the yawning income gap between rich and poor in the country, between what they called the 1 percent and the 99 percent. The demonstrators set up camp in Zuccotti Park on September 17 and sparked a wave of protests across the United States.
On Saturday evening, several dozen police ringed the park and watched the crowd. Detective Brian Sessa said no action would be taken as long as the activists made no move to establish a camp.
Shortly after 11:30 p.m., some protesters began to erect tents near the center of the park and police began to move in, according to protester Cari Machet.
When about 100 officers entered the park, dozens of protesters sat on the ground and refused orders to leave. They were then carried out in plastic handcuffs and put in police vehicles.
The park was cleared within 20 minutes and by midnight no protesters remained in its boundaries.
ANNIVERSARY GAMES OF CAT AND MOUSE
Events got under way near midday on Saturday, with street theater troupes performing and guitar players leading sing-alongs. Some boisterous protesters marched through the streets of the financial district, chanting "bankers are gangsters" and cursing at police.
As they have in past marches, protesters led police on a series of cat-and-mouse chases. Marchers at the front of the crowd would suddenly turn down narrow side streets, startling tourists and forcing police to send officers on motor scooters to contain the crowd.
The movement has made headlines for its clashes with police after campsites were set up for months in cities from New York to California. The camps were eventually shut down by authorities citing zoning regulations and public health concerns.
Protester Paul Sylvester, 24, of Massachusetts said he was "thrilled" to be back at the park but said he hoped the movement would begin to crystallize around specific goals.
"We need to be more concrete and specific," he said. Critics say the Occupy movement lacks direction and clear demands.
It continues to draw celebrities, however. On Saturday night, independent filmmaker Michael Moore strode through the park before the police incursion.
"I think it's great that this movement continues to grow," Moore said. "I think the goals are clear. People are concerned that they have no control over their own democracy. They have no control over their own lives.
"This is the beginning. This park is sacred ground for millions across the country."
In New York, the Occupy movement lost significant momentum in November when a pre-dawn sweep broke up the encampment at Zuccotti. Occupy protests in Oakland, California, in January led to police firing tear gas into crowds of protesters and more than 200 were arrested.
(Additional reporting by Christine Kearney; Writing by Dan Burns; Editing by Paul Thomasch and Doina Chiacu)http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/...82G0FC20120318Pffffffffffffffffffffff! Buh Bye Big Ears
03-19-2012, 02:20 AM
03-19-2012, 02:28 AM
Give me free healthcare
give me free housing
give me free food
Sounds like control over one's life to me.
Last edited by NJCardFan; 03-19-2012 at 02:33 AM.Deplorably Proud To Be An American
03-19-2012, 09:18 AM
- It's already being done.
- Won't happen as long as OWS is in the pocket of the Democratic Party, which was where all of the collusion happened.
- Uh-uh. More restrictions and interference implies that the feds have a right to (a) give money away and then use that as a wedge to gain more control over the economy and (b) that the feds actually know what they are doing. The correct answer is to maintain a strict repayment schedule and not do any more bailouts. Ever. Anything that's "too big to fail" is too big to manage. That's what Chapter 11 is for.
- The Constitution guarantees the right to petition the government. The real solution is to roll back the federal leviathan so that it isn't picking economic winners and losers, which will roll back the amount of lobbying required to stay in business.
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