I go to Occupy Wall Street on a daily basis. This evening, I got this.
#occupywallstreet, as the kids say.
From the descriptions of the people who were there, it sounds as though Mayor Bloomberg’s strategy is to thin the ranks of protesters with police set-ups like this. They probably don’t understand how many more people are waiting in line to support the Occupy Wall Street actions:
Police reopened the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday evening after more than 500 anti-Wall Street protesters were arrested for blocking traffic lanes and attempting an unauthorized march across the span.
The arrests took place when a large group of marchers, participating in a second week of protests by the Occupy Wall Street movement, broke off from others on the bridge’s pedestrian walkway and headed across the Brooklyn-bound lanes.
“More than 500 were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge late this afternoon after multiple warnings by police were given to protesters to stay on the pedestrian walkway,” a police spokesman said.
“Some complied and took the walkway without being arrested. Others locked arms and proceeded on the Brooklyn-bound vehicular roadway and were arrested,” he added.
The bridge was reopened at 8:05 p.m. EDT after being closed for hours.
Witnesses described a chaotic scene on the famous suspension bridge as a sea of police officers surrounded the protesters using orange mesh netting.
Some protesters tried to get away as officers started handcuffing members of the group. Dozens of protesters were seen handcuffed and sitting on the span as three buses were called in to take them away, witnesses and organizers said.
The NY Times interviewed protesters who said, despite NYPD claims, the police never warned them they couldn’t walk in the roadway:
“The cops watched and did nothing, indeed, seemed to guide us onto the roadway,” said Jesse A. Myerson, a media coordinator for Occupy Wall Street who was in the march but was not arrested.
[…] Etan Ben-Ami, 56, a psychotherapist from Brooklyn who was up on the walkway, said that the police seemed to make a conscious decision to allow the protesters to claim the road. “They weren’t pushed back,” he said. “It seemed that they moved at the same time.”
Mr. Ben-Ami said he left the walkway and joined the crowd on the road. “It seemed completely permitted,” he said. “There wasn’t a single policeman saying ‘don’t do this’.”
He added: “We thought they were escorting us because they wanted us to be safe.” He left the bridge when he saw officers unrolling the nets as they prepared to make arrests. Many others who had been on the roadway were allowed to walk back down to Manhattan.
Baby I know that we got trouble in the fields
When the bankers swarm like locusts
Out there turning away our yields
Dreams roll by our silos silver in the lane
And leave our pockets full of nothing
But our dreams and the golden grain
Have you seen the folks in line
They’re downtown at the station
They’re all buying their tickets out
And talking a Great Depression.
Via Alexander Higgins. Bloomberg is a lying, elitist scum and should be ridiculed for this. Look at how he shifts the blame:
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg criticized the Occupy Wall Street protests today, suggesting their days be numbered and said the Wall Street banks deserve our support.
In a bout of Orwellian doublespeak, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg used his radio address today to hand out criticism against the Occupy Wall Street movement, calling the policies of the protestors misguided.
In an effort to sway the opinion of the public, he represented the movement as one that is protesting against the low income earners on Wall Street making between $40,000 – $50,000 a year.
Everyone knows these protests aren’t against the mailman or the IT guy working at Goldman Sachs. They’re against the super elite who use the bottomless money they have plundered and pillaged from the mailman and the IT guy to buy off our politicians and destroy the global economy.
He went on to say that while people have a right to protest, people on the street also have the right to get to work unmolested. Clearly, a baseless claim but none the less the kind of rhetoric that politicians will use to rouse anti-protestor sentiment.
This kind of manipulation of public opinion is almost as Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly picking a protestor to interview who has strong communist views. Of course there will be a nut ball or two at any protest. So Fox found a guy to go on nationwide television and say he wanted to tear down capitalism and replace it with communism.
There are no protestors down here at Liberty Square trying molesting people trying to get to work. Communists are the people powering this movement. Finding a communists or two at Liberty Park is no different from finding a white supremacists or two at a Tea Party Rally.
The protestors are pushing for a real, people powered democracy. Not communism. Not Socialism. But reform of the corrupt system that continues to suck the wealth and prosperity out of the middle class and hand it over to the rich.
People, it is time to turn off the TV. We can not allow the campaign of lies and manipulation by the Wall Street owned corporate media to dissuade us from our cause of bringing substantive change to our corrupt political system. It is time to get our politician’s out of the pockets of their corporate overlords.