Reporters Say Police Denied Access to Protest Site 4:26 p.m. | Updated As New York City police cleared the Occupy Wall Street campsite in Zuccotti Park early Tuesday morning, many journalists were blocked from observing and interviewing protesters. Some called it a “media blackout” and said in interviews that they believed that the police efforts were a deliberate attempt to tamp down coverage of the operation. The city blog Gothamist put it this way: “The NYPD Didn’t Want You To See Occupy Wall Street Get Evicted.” As a result, much of the early video of the police operation was from the vantage point of the protesters. At a news conference after the park was cleared Mayor Michael R. Ms. That reporter and two photographers with him declined to speak on the record because they are freelance workers and lack some of the job protections of full-time employees. A freelance journalist working for NPR, Julie Walker, was briefly detained during the operation. Paul J. Mr.
Occupy Protests’ Seismic Effect This past weekend, in 900 cities across the world, tens of thousands demonstrated against unregulated capitalism. Something fascinating is growing, and by the time it ends, I suspect, politics will be different in the United States and a lot of other places as well. In a great many countries, especially in the West, the political grass is dry. Huge numbers of young people are unemployed, governments are launching harsh and unpopular austerity programs, and the financial elites responsible for the global economic meltdown have almost entirely escaped justice. Millions of articulate, educated, tech-savvy people are enraged and desperate. And they have time on their hands. To understand this movement’s potential, it’s worth comparing it with the other spasms of global leftist activism in the past half-century. The protests of the late 1960s helped end the Vietnam War and usher in the era of reduced superpower tension known as détente. Barack Obama
‘Occupy’ Forms Alliance With Obama Lobby Group OWS protesters fear movement is being turned into a Democratic election campaign front Paul Joseph Watson Prison Planet.com Monday, October 10, 2011 The “official” Occupy Wall Street website has publicly formed an alliance with yet another Obama campaign front group, the New Jersey branch of the American Federation of Teachers, the parent organization of which spent $1.9 million on Obama’s 2008 election campaign. Fears that the OWS movement is being subverted by Democratic Party operatives will only be heightened after OccupyWallSt.org celebrated the fact that “AFT fully endorses Occupy Wall Street,” noting that the local chapter stood in “solidarity” with ‘Occupy’ demonstrators. The American Federation of Teachers financed Obama’s 2008 campaign to the tune of $1.9 million and has also recently offered its strong support for Obama’s “Jobs Plan,” which critics have pointed out will lead to higher taxes not for the super-rich, but for middle class Americans. A d v e r t i s e m e n t Sen.
Liveblogging the Occupy Wall Street Times Square March Liveblog of the New York Occupy Wall Street protest march on Times Square. Scroll to bottom for Livestream run by the protesters. 12:05 a.m. The cops are currently closing down Washington Square Park. twitter.com/nathwice 10:59 p.m. 10:53 p.m. Twitter picture from @the_log_lady 10:24 p.m. 10:05 p.m. 10:00 p.m. 8:34 p.m. 8:29 p.m. 8:07 p.m. (twitter.com/adamgabbatt) 8:02 p.m. 8 p.m. 7:55 p.m. 7:46 p.m. (twitter.com/docr0cket) Meanwhile: 7:38 p.m. (twitter.com/mmflint) 7:24 p.m. 7:21 p.m. 7:16 p.m. 7:13 p.m. (twitter.com/thinkprogress) 7:11 p.m. 7:08 p.m. 7:03 p.m. 6:52 p.m. 6:47 p.m. (twitter.com/manbartlett) 6:41 p.m. 6:36 p.m. 6:33 p.m. 6:30 p.m. (twitter.com/occupywallstnyc) 6:27 p.m. 6:23 p.m. 6:20 p.m. 6:15 p.m. 6:11 p.m. 6:07 p.m. 6:04 p.m. 5:59 p.m. 5:57 p.m. 5:53 p.m. 5:49 p.m.
Ydanis Rodriguez Arrested: New York City Council Member Hit And Arrested During Police Raid Zuccotti Park At a press conference Wednesday, Rodriguez addressed what happened for the first time. He said he tried to identify himself as police officers pushed him back with batons. "They kept pushing," Rodriguez said. Rodriguez said he will be at Foley Square today at 5pm celebrating the two-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. @ydanis Ydanis Rodriguez Tomorrow will be the biggest day of action in support of #occupywallstreet yet-see you all at foley square at 5pm! According to the Occupy Wall Street organization, at 5 pm, tens of thousands of people will gather at Foley Square, just across from City Hall, in solidarity with laborers demanding jobs to rebuild this country's infrastructure and economy. UPDATE: 11/16/11 - "Ydanis Finally Free": According to Jumaane Williams, Rodriguez was released from custody almost 18 hours later, Williams tweeted. Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez is an outstanding public servant and a strong, thoughtful leader in Northern Manhattan. Jumaane D.
Global protests: Occupy the London Stock Exchange takes over the City Occupy London follows occupation movements from across the worldPolice ask Julian Assange 'to remove mask' he was wearingProtesters had wanted to 'take' Paternoster Square - but it has been closedTents now being put up in the Square MileProtests contained within City area and currently not spreadingTwo arrests made for 'assaults on police officers' By Lee Moran Updated: 18:04 GMT, 15 October 2011 Protesters inspired by the growing 'Occupy Wall Street' movement in the U.S have today taken over the City of London. Thousands have descended on the area known as the Square Mile - under the banner 'Occupy the Stock Exchange' - for a 'peaceful protest' against the global financial system. They had planned to take Paternoster Square, where the Stock Exchange is located, but police cordoned off the area prior to the protest. A notice was put up stating the square is private property and access would be restricted. Scroll down for video... Unite! Pitched battle? Anger has also spread to Hong Kong
Scott Olsen 'cannot talk' after injury at Occupy Oakland protest | World news Scott Olsen, the Iraq war veteran who was seriously injured by a police projectile during a protest in Oakland, has regained consciousness but "cannot talk". Olsen, 24, is communicating with friends and family at his bedside by writing notes, but his injury is believed to have damaged the speech centre of his brain, according to Keith Shannon, who served with Olsen in Iraq. Olsen is believed to have been injured by a police projectile. He was hit in the forehead in downtown Oakland on Tuesday evening, after marching with fellow demonstrators to protest the closure of an Occupy Oakland camp in the city. "He cannot talk right now, and that is because the fracture is right on the speech center of his brain," said Shannon. "However, they are expecting he will get that back." Shannon added that Olsen's "spelling is not near what it used to be". "The doctors expect that he will have a full recovery," said Shannon, who is due to visit Olsen on Friday afternoon.
Occupy Times Square: It’s a Party! Marches inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protest have been parading all day around the world–at Fordham Plaza in the Bronx, with tear gas and billy clubs in Rome–but the parades are heading to Midtown for the main event, an occupation of Times Square. The Occupation Party! No, it’s not a political affiliation. “In New York City, dozens of community groups, unions, student organizations and lots and lots of regular folk are taking to the streets in a mass protest that will culminate in Times Square at 5 p.m., then moving (by train party!) Participants are directed to wear white, bring music and noisemakers and donations for the occupiers, and prepare for “a moment that will light the night (safe/legal and participatory)” at sunset. “Think: white suits, dresses, face-paint, glitter, balloons, banners, be inspired,” the site says. Participants were given further instruction by email. + At 5:59pm horns will signal a moment to quiet down.
[UPDATE] Occupy Wall Street Takes New Park, Near Holland Tunnel, Owned By Trinity Church [UPDATE BELOW] Occupy Wall Street has taken a new park at 6th Avenue and Canal Street, by the entrance to the Holland Tunnel, according to a spokesman for the protesters. The park, Duarte Square, is privately owned by Trinity Church, and according to a statement from the demonstrators, a "delegation of faith leaders just arrived to support the hundreds already gathered." But it's unclear if the occupation, which was kicked out of Zuccotti Park this morning, has the church's full blessing. The Times reports that "a delegation of protesters met with church officials to try to obtain permission. It was not clear how that negotiation went, but at 11 a.m., two protesters dressed in black, wearing black bandannas over the lower part of their faces, used bolt cutters to snip through the chain-link fence and the crowd began streaming in." According to the Daily News, the first tent has already been set up.