Jeebus, Mike, who’s handling the PR on this Occupier thing, anyhow? That “Jake” kid that couldn’t shut Smith up? See, brutality is one thing, everybody understands that, but bagpipes? French bagpipes? What’s WRONG with you guys? And those Feds you’ve got downtown; wasn’t anybody watching the screens? Do you want the NPYD to look like your private goon squad?
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From the New York Observer:
The N.Y.P.D. was holding back regarding Occupy Wall Street protest actions on Saturday night until they put the smackdown on a band of European bagpipe players* in nothing flat. The pipers showed around 11 p.m. and began playing for the assembly, but within 5 to 10 minutes they had been arrested, resulting in a sharp rise in tension in the crowd.
Smooth! (There were reports that the NYPD smashed one set of bagpipes, but I couldn’t verify them.)
And also under “dog bites man” we find Mayor-for-Life Bloomberg’s NYPD beating non-violent Occupiers:
1:20 @ShawnCarrie, arrested tonite in NY, tweets: “Police broke my left thumb and possibly my jaw. My right ear is bleeding and theres a bootprint on my face.” Posts cop’s name and badge number in another assualt. . …More arrests on march going on now. One guy (medic Jose) pushed into glass which cracks–right where I was walking earlier today. Ryan Devereaux: “Just saw police slam a protester into this door, 55 East 10th. Arrestee was punched in the face.”… @Jeff Sharlet: “At what point can we call this a police riot? Broken bones, broken windows, blood on the streets.”
See also Times photos and Meg Robertson (Dylan Ratigan producer). And see this from NY City Council Member Ydanis Rodruigez.
At one point, a woman who appeared to be suffering from seizures flopped on the ground in handcuffs as bystanders shouted for the police to remove the cuffs and provide medical attention. For several minutes the woman lay on the ground as onlookers made increasingly agonized demands until an ambulance arrived and the woman was placed inside.
And also under “dog bites man” we find Mayor-for-Life Bloomberg refusing to let the press cover the story, and beating them up.
Happy six month’s anniversary, Occupy! I’ll let an Occupier have the next-to-the-last word:
“It’s just a reminder that we’re here,” Brendan Burke said, as the crowd marched past the New York Stock Exchange. “It’s an opportunity to remind Wall Street that we aren’t going anywhere.”
And that’s it. None of the numbers are high, but they’re high enough to get a good reading. Like the Bourbons, New York’s favorite, or at least most visible, oligarch seems to have learned nothing, and forgotten nothing. While Bloomberg is full of nothing but himself, the Occupiers are full of creativity and commmitment. Violence is the last refuge of the stupid and/or evil, as the saying almost goes.
“They are who we thought they were.”
NOTE * Probably these guys (“Le bagad sera à New York du 14 au 19 Mars pour les festivités de la saint Patrick”). I’m trying to find out.
NOTE There are many tweets claiming that closing Zuccotti Park violated January’s court order keeping the park open; apparently Brookfield Properties security guys actually did it. But I can’t find anything authoritative.
UPDATE On reflection, “Mayor for Life” Bloomberg is hardly fair. After all, it’s hardly likely that Bloomberg would buy his office a fourth time, right? Sorry. My bad. Hey, kidding!
UPDATE Readers, I think that many of you are New Yorkers, so if you have more information, please post. Cross-posted at Corrente.