A couple weeks ago Occupy Wall Street got kicked out of Zuccotti Park and 48 hours later took to the streets of Manhattan to express their disapproval. It was a molotov cocktail away from turning into a full-fledged riot, but in the end the march peacefully dissipated and left many wondering if the movement had hit a dead end (at least in New York).
Apparently this isn’t the case because yesterday OWS announced that they will be occupying Times Square for the next 24 hours as a slew of over 70 left-leaning acts perform plays, songs, and undoubtedly recite more than one manifesto. “Occupy Broadway,” as they’re calling it, starts at 6 PM tonight and will end tomorrow evening with the “Church of Stop” singing the First Amendment. That’s what will happen if things go according to plan and the NYPD don’t get involved, of course, but given the cops’ and the protesters’ history, things are not likely to go according to plan. We thought this would be the perfect time to road test our shiny new live broadcast rig, so VICE Editor-in-Chief Rocco Castoro is down there right now with a crew to see what’s doin’.
We want to reiterate that this is our first go at the whole live streaming thing, so apologies in advance if it freezes or cuts out. We’re probably just changing batteries or something, so just wait a few minutes an try refreshing the page.
Silence is more powerful than words. This is incredible.
It seems like every day a new story comes out about agressive pepper-spraying at Occupy protests from images of the first three girls in New York to Seattle’s 84-year-old Dorli Rainey to the Portland woman getting blasted with her mouth open. The latest video of cops using what seems to be insane amounts (really, how much of this stuff do they need to use for it to be effective?) comes from UC Davis in California where a group of students were hosed down while sitting on the quad yesterday.
See the video. [Blackbook]
Retired New York Supreme Court Judge Karen Smith, working as a legal observer after the raids on Zucotti Park this Tuesday, via Paramilitary Policing of Occupy Wall Street: Excessive Use of Force amidst the New Military Urbanism (via seriouslyamerica)
In case you still weren’t convinced we live in a police state.
They may keep out those with a press pass, you may not see video on local or national news because they were not allowed in, but while the revolution, in the most literal sense, may not be televised, it will still be heard. You can arrest members of the media, but never the concept of free speech. ”The revolution will be live.”
Gil Scott Heron-The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
This video is amazing. On one hand, not all cops should be vilified, they are just doing their jobs and you can see how uncomfortable his words make them. They are part of the 99%. But on the other hand, this is exactly what the cops who have abused their power need to see and hear. Anthony Bologna and other white shirts who have been beating people needlessly should be forced to watch this to see what a real hero looks like. Introducing Sergeant Shamar Thomas and the members of Occupy Marines.
Ex marine yells at cops, telling them to stop being asshole bullies.
If you didn’t see this before, watch it now.