As many of you are aware, Occupy Wall Street was raided early this morning, on the 59th day of its existence. Over 70 people were arrested. The pretense for the raid was basically the same false pretense of the first threatened raid: sanitation and fire hazards. A demeaning accusation, “Those dirty protesters are just going to hurt themselves without Father Bloomberg’s thugs to keep the house in order.”
The camp was trashed. The protesters were told that their property would be preserved and transported to a place where they could later pick it up. Footage from Democracy Now! shows that this was a lie. Heaps of tent debris and the remnants of a two-month old society lay indistinguishable and stepped over by sanitation workers. One sanitation worker proudly declares to Amy Goodman that they will be taking it to them dump, while his coworkers quickly hush him.
Mayor Jean Quan, the mayor of Oakland, today let slip that she and eighteen other cities are possibly coordinating shutdowns. Occupy Boston has faced police in the past and has had over 100 arrests. Recently, as well, police have entered the camp arrest people who are breaking the law. As far as I know, they are not met with resistance when they do this. Now we are rightfully worried that a raid will occur sometime before in the next few days. In the past, the police have given us notice and a lot of time to mobilize. This time, we’re afraid it might be different. I’m now ready to be woken up in the middle of the night to drive people in from Somerville to support the movement in case of a raid.
Thursday is going to be a big day of protest. Occupy Wall Street is allegedly attempting to shut down Wall Street for the day, while mass protests are occurring across the country, possibly the globe. I can’t personally be there during the day because I have work, but I’ll be there at night if anything is still going on!
Also, check out this article by Amy Goodman. It’s my favorite article about the raid so far and makes a good connection to A Brave New World.