Ongoing coverage of Occupy Wall Street protest — demonstration is into its second week
On September 24, 2011 At 4:31 pm
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This series has been updated. Please visit the latest ongoing report on the demonstration.
Despite reported police brutality to protesters at the marches in New York this weekend, the Occupy Wall Street demonstration continues and is now into its second week. The peaceful protest, which began on September 17 as the “Day of Rage,” is a demonstration against corporate influence in government and it has grown in size.
Initially, there appeared to be a mainstream media blackout of the ongoing protest, despite the reports of mass arrests and civil violations on Saturday, September 24. This appears to be changing.
Independent coverage is also available from the protestors themselves. Live steamed video available 24 hours a day are a source of up-to-date information. The stream is embedded at the end of this article for your viewing convenience.
This article provides updated coverage of significant events, as reported by social media.
Saturday, September 24 – 12:04 p.m. CDT – Live Stream shows thousands of people marching to Union Square, including older people, children holding their parent's hand, college students, union people protesting for jobs, against Georgia’s execution of Troy Davis, and Wall Street. The police looked like they were corralling people, shoving them forcefully somewhere and arresting as many as them could… for what? It is unclear why police arrested them.
Saturday, September 24 – 12:15 p.m. CDT – The buzz on the Live Stream chat is that members of the Live Stream crew were some of the people arrested. There are reports that an officer punched a photographer in the face when he was trying to take pictures. This was allegedly seen on Live Stream, but the live feed is down at this time except the ticker tape below the video.
The ticker tape below the video at this time said police made 60+ arrests, including the Live Stream Media crew, at Union Square.
Saturday, September 24 – 12:33 p.m. CDT – The chat on Live Stream went wild, confirming that police arrested 60+ people. The ticker tape gives the number 212-617-8000 concerning the mass arrest.
Saturday, September 24 – 12:46 p.m. CDT – Protesters in Liberty Park got another Live Stream up. A person named Vlad is reporting from Liberty Park, saying that the police did corral 60 or more people, gassed them, and made a mass arrest of people.
Saturday, September 24 – 12:51 p.m. CDT – The police arrive at Liberty Park, telling demonstrators to take down umbrellas because "they are safety hazards." One of the protesters said demonstrators are told that they are not allowed to hold them when it is raining even. Feed went down again.
Saturday, September 24 – 5:04 p.m. CDT – Police corralled about 2000 people in Liberty Park. Someone is instructing protesters what to do if the police use tear gas for any reason. They are asking people to call 1-888-692-7233 and demand justice. At this time, they are saying the police arrested 100+ people. Pleas asking the viewers to call even President Obama, concerning what the NYPD are doing to protesters. Other numbers concerning those arrested are two different precincts: 718-520-9311 and 212-477-7411. They are trying to find where police took the various people they arrested. 1st precinct’s number is 1-888-692-7233. Some of those arrested supposedly need medical care. Numbers can also be found on Occupy Wall Street's website.
Saturday, September 24 – 5:15 p.m. CDT – Rumour has it that an officer was receiving instructions to wait until nightfall before they make their next move on the approximately 2000 protesters they corralled in Liberty Park.
Saturday, September 24 – 6 p.m. CDT – Police surround protesters in Liberty Park, yet protesters are making plans to march on police station and demand the release of those who were arrested. At this time, Occupy Wall Street's website states that one person arrested could possibly have a life threatening concussion. With a request to stand with the 100 prisoners on one of their Facebook pages.
Saturday, September 24 – 7:40 p.m. CDT – Subgroup is about to march on 1st precinct, despite police surrounding Liberty Park.
Saturday, September 24 – 8:05 p.m. CDT – A petition has been started on the White House Website asking Obama to recognize the men and women participating in Occupy Wall Street. They need 3,015 more signatures by October 23, 2011 to reach the goal of 5000.
Here is part of what was seen on Live Stream before it went down:
Saturday September 24 – 11:04 p.m. CDT – All appears "normal" at Liberty Park so far tonight and no further reports concerning subgroup marching on 1st precinct. Some protesters who were arrested make their way back to Liberty Park to give personal reports. New York Times reports that 80 arrests today "as Financial protest moves north".
The police made scores of arrests on Saturday as hundreds of people, many of whom had been encamped in the financial district as part of a lengthy protest, marched north to Union Square. As darkness fell, large numbers of officers were deployed on streets near the encampment in Zuccotti Park, at Broadway and Liberty Street, where hundreds more people had gathered.
According to the Police Department spokes chief, they arrested the 80 protesters for "disorderly conduct by blocking vehicular and pedestrian traffic, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration and, in one instance, for assault on a police officer."
Protesters stated 85 were arrested and five were sprayed with pepper spray.
Among those was Chelsea Elliott, 25, who said that she was sprayed after shouting “Why are you doing that?” as an officer arrested a protester at East 12th Street.
“I was on the ground sobbing and couldn’t breathe,” she said.
Protesters state that the financial system favours the rich and powerful.
Orange nets were set up on 12th street to box protesters in between University Plaza and Fifth Avenue. Those cuffed by police sat lined up on the sidewalk on Fifth Avenue.
Nearby, two other protesters standing handcuffed on Fifth Avenue told a reporter that they had both been arrested on sidewalks and were not aware of having broken any law.
“They put up orange nets and tried to kettle us and we started running and they started tackling random people and handcuffing them,” said Kelly Brannon, 27, of Ridgewood, Queens. “They were herding us like cattle.”
Many made their way back to Liberty Park and Patrick Bruner,a spokesman for the protesters said, “Right now we are more determined than ever that what we are doing is necessary and correct.”
New rules posted in the park now ban bike riding, sleeping bags, and camping gear.
The overwhelming size of the crowd can be seen in this video. There are at least two groups, if not more in this crowd.
September 25, 11:20 a.m. CDT – Police apparently left the protesters in Liberty Park alone overnight. The night was quiet with various people interviewed on Live Stream.
Early this morning, while some protesters were still sleeping, Mary, a mother of one of the arrested protesters, came down to encourage parents to come down and stand beside their sons and daughters. She was upset with how the police were treating our children, adding that no matter how old they get, they will still be our children.
Other people came down to give people encouragement. Chris Hedges, a writer, arrived shortly before 11 a.m. CDT. He discussed how our government and economic system is becoming totalitarian and are slowly chipping away our rights.
A spokes person for Code Pink talked to viewers on Live Stream also. Supposedly, Code Pink members have been part of Occupy Wall Street since day one.
September 25, 4:30 p.m. CDT – The Raging Grannies dropped in to sing for everyone and encourage the protesters. According to the Grannies, who dropped by, the Raging Grannies started in Canada in 1987 and they now have groups in the United States, Great Britain, and Australia. They are an activist group for the environment, Social Security, Bill of Rights, peace, and justice, to name only a few. They are against corporate welfare and want good government.
The Grannies stated that some of their friends were arrested in the protest yesterday and were upset about how the police treated everyone.
From their website on the history page:
The Raging Grannies began in 1987 in Victoria, British Columbia, and quickly spread across the country. White, middle-class, educated, between the age of 52 and 67, they were anthropologist, teachers, businesswoman, counsellor, artists, homemakers, and librarian. Initially they were reacting to the threat to health and environment posed by the visit of US Navy warships and submarines in the waters surrounding Victoria, vessels that could be powered by nuclear reactors and/or equipped with nuclear arms.
They have imaginative protests that even included crashing parties and receptions.
September 25, 6:00 p.m. CDT – Occupy Wall Street makes front page of ABC news. "Occupy Wall Street Turn Violent" reported that police used tasers and mace to control the crowd, which the protesters say makes them more determined to keep the occupation going in Lower Manhattan.
Supposedly, one person was arrested for assaulting a cop, as well as others arrested for disorderly conduct.
According to the article protesters did march on the precinct.
Last night, a group of protesters marched from Zuccotti Park to One Police Plaza and then to the 5th Precinct in Chinatown, in search of their friends who had been arrested earlier on Saturday.
“You can still leave without being arrested. Leave this corner,” police told demonstrators. But several were arrested.
Cristina Gonzalez, 25, was among those arrested last night. She spoke to ABC station WABC-TV when she called her sister from the back of a police van.
“We haven’t been charged, we don’t know what happened,” Gonzalez said. “We are at One Police Plaza, there’s 16 of us in the back of a van and we’re sweating. And there’s a man back here in who needs medical attention. He’s bleeding from his head and his handcuffs are too tight.”
The article stated that Occupy Wall Street's website claimed that the arrested protesters were locked in a van early Saturday morning, with one of them possibly having a life threatening concussion. Supposedly, the officers were not targeting anyone with cameras, but the group claims the police arrested one for taking photographs.
Posts on the website compare the group’s efforts to those used in pro-democracy movements across the Middle East, dubbed the Arab Spring.
“On the 17th of September, we want to see 20,000 people to flood into lower Manhattan, set up beds, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months,” one statement says. “Like our brothers and sisters in Egypt, Greece, Spain, and Iceland, we plan to use the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic of mass occupation to restore democracy in America. We also encourage the use of nonviolence to achieve our ends and maximize the safety of all participants.”
As has become the norm of such protests, this movement has been fueled by social media fire, with supporters taking to Twitter under the hash tag #occupywallstreet. The major hacking group Anonymous has also thrown in its support, live streaming the day’s events.
Supposedly, the group is on Fox news also.
September 25, 10:19 p.m. CDT – Just announced on Live Stream at Occupy Wall Street- Chicago is occupying the Federal Reserve at midnight tonight. Some protesters have been at the Federal Reserve in Chicago since this morning. See video below.
Live Streaming and Images.
This series has been updated. Please visit the latest ongoing report on the demonstration.