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73 Occupiers Arrested At NYC’s Zuccotti Park

From Associated Press:

NYC activists reflect on Occupy’s direction

March 19, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Occupy Wall Street protesters anticipate that with the coming of spring their movement for economic justice will pick up momentum, making priorities of issues as varied as the environment and the November elections.

But on Sunday, a day after police broke up a rally at Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park and arrested dozens, some observers wondered whether a movement so diffuse could accomplish anything.

"I’m really grateful to be part of a generation that wants change, ’cause we should all want change," said Jennifer Campbell, a graduate student in documentary filmmaking at Hofstra University. "But I’m not sure what that change is, or if they know what that change is."

They all want change. Even if they don’t know what change is.

Meanwhile, note the AP’s headline and lead paragraphs for a news report about a riot where 73 were arrested and where an OWS protester has even been caught making death threats against the police.

Meanwhile, police were seeking a subpoena to identify an apparent Occupy protester who they said tweeted a threat to kill police officers, spokesman Paul Browne confirmed Sunday.

The New York Post and Daily News reported a message by an apparent Occupy protester saying they won’t make a difference if they don’t kill a cop or two was tweeted at about 11:40 p.m. Saturday.

Notice how the AP buries this detail and just mentions it in passing. It goes without saying that if this had been a Tea Party supporter, this threat would be national news for weeks.

The crackdown at Zuccotti happened late Saturday after hundreds of activists had gathered to mark the sixth-month birthday of the movement.

"There was a lot of silliness and just kind of singing and dancing and really very jovial," said Chris Casuccio, who works for a nonprofit organization. "We had some banners up. There was one tarp that was up but it was tiny. It could fit like five people under it."

Mr. Casuccio is a member of Occupy’s leadership, the so-called ‘General Assembly.’

But Detective Brian Sessa of the NYPD said protesters had started breaking park rules against setting up tents and tarps. Police said 73 people were detained. It was unclear how many were still in custody late Sunday…

Occupy activists said the officers moved in with little warning Saturday and beat some protesters. Police said Sunday they had no information about any protesters being injured.

"They just came in swinging batons," said protester Sandra Nurse. She said a woman began having a seizure and another protester’s head was "smashed into a building window."

Sandra Nurse, is another member of Occupy Wall Street’s ‘General Assembly‘ as well as their "direct action working group." A detail that the AP does not bother to report until much further down in their article, lest it diminish her credibility as a witness to police violence.

Police responded to a request seeking a response to the accusations of brutality by releasing a video that they said showed Cecily McMillan, 23, elbowing a police officer in the face as she is led from Zuccotti Park.

The woman was taken into custody and sent to Bellevue Hospital for psychiatric treatment, police said

The AP again does not bother to report that Ms. McMillan is also a member of Occupy Wall Street’s ‘General Assembly.’ She is also an organizer for the Northeast region of the Democratic Socialists of America. She is reported to have attacked the police at least once before.

Still, it must a lot more fun being an "activist" than getting a real job.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, March 19th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “73 Occupiers Arrested At NYC’s Zuccotti Park”

  1. tranquil.night says:

    “I’m really grateful to be part of a generation that wants change, ’cause we should all want change,” said Jennifer Campbell, a graduate student in documentary filmmaking at Hofstra University. “But I’m not sure what that change is, or if they know what that change is.”

    I smell a future award winning documentary: Eau de Occupooper

  2. P. Aaron says:

    These arrests have stifled the ‘war on women’ by putting potential rapers in jail.

  3. canary says:

    The arrested OWS probably consider jail got a warm place, cooked homemade meals and a toilet to camp around and chant. Poor NYPD having to deal OWC and Obamanation ‘s chewing them for doing their jobs looking for muslim terrorists to keep NYC safe.


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