Police Efforts To Strong Arm Occupy Protesters Around The Country Backfire

Oct 11 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

A protester being arrested at Occupy Iowa

One hundred #occupy Boson protesters were arrested at the camp located in Boston’s financial district…  According to reports, the protesters at the second of two camps were charged with unlawful assembly and trespassing.

Here is video of the arrests made in Boston last night.

Boston Police Attack Veterans for Peace by @haveyoumetter for @DigBoston

As reported by The Huffington Post, and our friends at FreakOutNation, forty or more people, including a 14 year-old girl, were arrested at the #occupyIowa protest yesterday.  Witnesses say the police used excessive force in some cases.

Video from the event shows police officers dragging or carrying away some protesters.

Others were escorted away with their hands zip-cuffed. According to some who were arrested or witnessed the arrests and later spoke with The Huffington Post, many had bruises, cuts and scrapes from the arrests — and they believed police had used excessive force.

NECN reports:

Boston police moved in on the protesters at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

For hours, members of  #occupyBoston were warned they would be arrested if they did not leave the second camp they set up in Boston’s Financial District – about a block away from their base camp at Dewey Square. Dozens locked hands and refused to leave.

In Atlanta, it appeared that the police were going to follow Boston’s lead last night.  According to 11 Alive, the Mayor of Atlanta is giving the protesters the opportunity to “disperse peacefully.”

The Mayor of New York City opted to extend the permits for  #occupywallstreet  protest indefinitely.

“The bottom line is – people want to express themselves. And as long as they obey the laws, we’ll allow them to,” said Bloomberg as he prepared to march in the Columbus Day Parade on Fifth Avenue. “If they break the laws, then, we’re going to do what we’re supposed to do: enforce the laws.”

According to the Washington Post, authorities from the park service in DC offered the #occupyDC protesters a four month extension of the permits required to continue their protest at Freedom Square.

The mutual agreement between the protesters and the Park Authority is confirmed by WUSA  which reports:

Demonstrators in an anti-war and anti-corporate greed protest in downtown D.C. accepted the US Park Police’s offer to extend their permit by four months. The offer was made and accepted Monday evening

There are two main lessons we can learn from these developments.  First, whether the protesters are in Dallas, Boston, D.C. or New York efforts to strong arm the protesters have backfired. Officials have learned that the protest organizers are willing and able to reasonably negotiate terms for permits and extensions of said permits.  This discredits the conservatives in their efforts to portray the protesters as violent extremists.

Second, the protesters are more in touch with the concerns of America then conservative politicians can hope to be.  The majority of Americans want a government that listens to them. And by the way, Herman Cain, Americans want a chance, not a handout.





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