UPDATE 5:00 PM Kevin is headed back down to Occupy Wall Street for a live stream. Check the feed around 6 pm for scenes of Liberty Park this evening.
Kevin’s down at Liberty Park right now where a few thousand protesters are being met by a growing police force and empty buses. -Elliott [UPDATE: This is my write-up on the tense scene at Liberty Park this morning as occupiers waited to be evicted before being notified the park owner was not going to go through with the use of police force to clear the park.]
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LIVE STREAM OF OCCUPY WALL STREET VIA GLOBAL REVOLUTION
10:40 PM OWS organizers reportedly invited to negotiate with Bloomberg’s people. They declined.
10:32 PM Another case of NYPD police brutality: white-shirted officer punches a male protester in the face
4:58 PM I recorded this yesterday at Occupy Boston. A member of Veterans for Peace talks to me about the raid on “Camp Two” in Boston on Tuesday at 1:30 am. Veterans for Peace stood in between the protesters and police and as a result the police beat them down with batons. The VFP member talks about what happened and then demonstrates a tactic he thinks thy should have used to make it harder for the police to drag them away.
4:48 PM Protesters at Occupy San Diego pepper-sprayed
4:22 PM Occupy Wall Street’s statement on the day’s victory:
“Brookfield Properties is the 1%. They have invested $24 billion in mortgage-backed securities, so as millions face foreclosure and eviction due to predatory lending and the burst of the housing bubble that Wall Street created, its not surprising they threatened to evict Occupy Wall Street,” said Patrick Bruner, an organizer with Occupy Wall Street from the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn. “But Brookfield and Bloomberg have backed down and our movement is only growing as the 99% take to the streets world wide to call for economic justice.”
The early morning announcement from the Mayor’s office in New York came after 300,000+ Americans signed petitions to stop the eviction, and flooded the 311 phone network in solidarity with those in Liberty Square. At 6 AM this morning, 3,000+ New Yorkers, unions, students, and others joined the occupiers in the square to send a clear message to the 1% who want to silence this peaceful assembly of the 99%. Donations poured into the protesters from Italy, England, Mexico and many other countries by everyday people hoping to help the movement grow.
“For too long the 99% have been ignored as our economic system has collapsed. The banks got bailouts and we’ve been sold out, ” said Harrison Schultz, business analyst from Brooklyn . “Wall Street’s greed has corrupted our country and is killing our planet. But today we celebrate victory and vow to keep fighting for justice and change on Wall Street, and in over 100 cities in the US and over 950 cities globally.”
Al Sharpton and Ed Schultz will still spend their shows pretending they know what frustrates occupiers and understand what occupiers can do to gain more political power.
Start the 99% Caucus — Oh, that will fix Congress. I bet it would be about as successful as the Progressive Caucus at making change.
4:16 PM Local news affiliate in Denver broadcasts police raid of Occupy Denver
4:12 PM Photo from incident via @CSMuncyPhoto
3:52 PM More video that shows what happened to the legal observer who had his foot run over by a police motorcycle. This video shows the police clamping down on anyone trying to get photos or video of the injured legal observer. And, police go into the crowd and pull one person out and it looks like the person is arrested:
3:22 PM Democracy Now!‘s comprehensive reporting on how occupiers averted eviction from Liberty Park
2:59 PM Security on Wall Street escalates: now you have to have your worker ID to get down to Wall Street. (via @marikatogo)
2:57 PMTom Morello talks with Keith Olbermann about the importance of music and culture to the “Occupy” protests
2:35 PM Horrifying video of police officer on a motorcycle running over a National Lawyers Guild observer. This happened during the march this morning. The legal observer is in police custody and went to the ER.
2:31 PM A list of writers who support the “Occupy” protests. It includes: Max Blumenthal, Barbara Ehrenreich, Neil Gaiman Adam Hochschild, Salman Rushdie, Jeremy Scahill, Jeff Sharlet Rebecca Solnit, Naomi Wolf and others.
2:19 PM Fourteen people were arrested during a march that followed the announcement that there would be no eviction from Liberty Park. NBC reports that demonstrators threw bottles and one a trash can. Who are these people throwing bottles? Occupiers should identify because if they do not know these individuals they are likely provocateurs.
Also, some of the occupiers made it down to the front of the New York Stock Exchange to demonstrate. That has been off-limits for occupiers with police using their forces to prevent marches from going nearby. In the chaos following the announcement that there would be no eviction, some occupiers took advantage of an opportunity.
7:39 AM Kevin reports that things are back to normal, he’ll be going to catch some sleep. In the meantime, you’ll find updates below in comments from Kevin’s Crew. -Elliott