In the last weeks, the world has witnessed a massive and coordinated national crackdown on the Occupy Movement, culminating in an early morning raid on the original encampment in Zuccotti Park by the NYPD and NYDS under the direction of billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Here are some highlights from around the country:
NEW YORK CITY
The eviction of Zuccotti (Liberty) Park took place under a media blackout, so there is not a lot of imagery or video available, for example, of the trashing of the OWS People’s Library, but there are plenty of eyewitness reports of police brutality and destruction of property. The best immediate coverage of the raid I saw was here, but this video from OccupyTVNY shows the progression of the eviction from the inside:
And, by the way, here is an image of an LRAD weapon on the scene — an increasingly prevalent weapon against peaceable assemblies.
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan accidentally let it slip that cities coordinated the crackdown on Occupy Movment. (On this coordination, see also here and here and here.)
Here is a video documenting eviction night.
See here, for what what might happen to you if you film Oakland PD “protecting” the community.
And of course, can’t fail to include this image:
As Stephen Colbert put it, “Look at these vicious students attacking these billy clubs with their soft jabbable bellies!“
For more, see here.
The pepper spraying incident was followed by this “Powerfully Silent Protest” against the University Chancellor who defended the campus police’s vile behavior.
CHAPEL HILL, NC