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AFL-CIO, Teachers Back Wall Street Protest

The ‘feel good’ story from over the weekend, via Reuters:

More than 700 arrested in Wall Street protest

By Ray Sanchez
Sun, Oct 2 2011

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Police reopened the Brooklyn Bridge Saturday evening after more than 700 anti-Wall Street protesters were arrested for blocking traffic lanes and attempting an unauthorized march across the span.

The arrests took place when a large group of marchers, participating in a second week of protests by the Occupy Wall Street movement, broke off from others on the bridge’s pedestrian walkway and headed across the Brooklyn-bound lanes.

"Over 700 summonses and desk appearance tickets have been issued in connection with a demonstration on the Brooklyn Bridge late this afternoon after multiple warnings by police were given to protesters to stay on the pedestrian walkway, and that if they took roadway they would be arrested," a police spokesman said.

Mind you, these same people have been illegally camped out on Wall Street for two weeks without getting a single ticket.

Most of those who were arrested were taken into custody off the bridge, issued summonses and released.

Which is why being arrested holds no fear for them.

Witnesses described a chaotic scene on the famous suspension bridge as a sea of police officers surrounded the protesters using orange mesh netting

Many of these ‘protesters’ are now claiming police entrapment.

The march started about 3:30 p.m. from the protesters’ camp in Zuccotti Park in downtown Manhattan near the former World Trade Center. Members of the group have vowed to stay at the park through the winter…

Or until it gets cold. Whichever comes first.

But who has the luxury of camping out for two weeks? Only children whose parents are glad to pay their way, to get them out of the basement for a few days.

In addition to what they view as excessive force and unfair treatment of minorities, including Muslims, the movement is also protesting against home foreclosures, high unemployment and the 2008 bailouts…

And yet they are not protesting the three wars that Mr. Obama is currently conducting. In fact, they seem to want Mr. Obama to be re-elected.

This is not your father’s hippy protesters. These protesters are not anti-establishment. They are even more pro-establishment than the news media.

Filmmaker Michael Moore and actress Susan Sarandon have stopped by the protesters’ camp, which is plastered with posters with anti-Wall Street slogans and has a kitchen and library, to offer their support.

According to reports, Ms. Sarandon stopped off on her way to her Italian villa. Mr. Moore stopped off for the prospect of a free meal.

Friday evening, more than 1,000 demonstrators, including representatives of labor organizations, held a peaceful march to police headquarters a few blocks north of City Hall to protest what they said was a heavy-handed police response the previous week. No arrests were reported.

A week ago, police arrested about 80 members of Occupy Wall Street near the Union Square shopping district as the marchers swarmed onto oncoming traffic.

Just imagine the news media’s reaction if any Tea Party protesters were ever this disruptive?

A police commander doused a handful of women with pepper spray in an incident captured on video and spread via the Internet, galvanizing the loosely organized protest movement.

Yes, it’s our very own little ‘Arab Spring.’ This is ‘how democracy works.’

By the way, judging from the photos and videos of these protests, this is an almost exclusively white crowd. Which, of course, means they are racists.

The group has gained support among some union members. The United Federation of Teachers and the Transport Workers Union Local 100, which has 38,000 members, are among those pledging solidarity.

The unions could provide important organizational and financial support for the largely leaderless movement.

Unions are behind this? Funny how Reuters would bury this at the bottom of their article. What will we hear next? Will they find the liver spotted hand of Wall Street fat cat extraordinaire, George Soros, paying for these layabouts?

And why aren’t the teachers concerned about all of these kids missing time from school?

Similar protests are sprouting in other cities, including Boston, Chicago and San Francisco.

And they are even more sparsely attended.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, October 3rd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “AFL-CIO, Teachers Back Wall Street Protest”

  1. Mithrandir says:


    ~How is that unaccountable, huge, unwieldy, oppressive, out-of-control big social government working for ‘ya? –when you are out of jail or the hospital, let me know.

  2. Reality Bytes says:

    Isn’t it comforting to know that big supporters of Obama like AFL-CIO & the Teachers Union support anarchists?!

    If you haven’t gotten Ann’s “Demonic” you should. The parallels between America today & France in the late 18th century are quite clear.

    And after all the anarchy, beheadings & murder what did they get? Napoleon!

    How a Tea Party rally is compared to a vile mob while slobs down on Wall St & around the country are hailed as brave defenders of democracy tells you just how corrupt the media/elite have become.

    Like I said last week, is it any wonder gun shops can’t keep amunition on the shelves?

  3. P. Aaron says:

    It’s an AFT class project.

  4. The Redneck says:

    Unions are behind this? Funny how Reuters would bury this at the bottom of their article. What will we hear next? Will they find the liver spotted hand of Wall Street fat cat extraordinaire, George Soros, paying for these layabouts?

    And am I the only one who remembers the ridiculous liberals screaming that Koch was secretly running the “astroturf movement” TEA Party?

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