As hundreds of people joyously celebrated the six month birthday of Occupy Wall Street in Zuccotti Park, the largest gathering in months without police barricades, the NYPD declared the park closed at 11:30 p.m. They moved into the park swinging batons, beating people attempting to exercise rights that are supposed to be legally guaranteed. The New York Times reported that scores were arrested. See pictures here.
Throughout the day, people had been celebrating. And throughout the day the NYPD was brutalizing and arresting people. Earlier in the day, the New York Times reported, “One sergeant grabbed a woman wearing a green shirt by the bottom of her throat and shoved her head against the hood of a car. A moment later, another officer approached and forcefully pressed her head against the car before placing her into the back of a police truck.” As the police moved into the park, we saw them grabbing people by the neck.
The NYPD has no constraints. They think they can do this with impunity.
As “A Call for Mass Action Against the Suppression of the Occupy Movement” says, “One thing is clear already: if this illegitimate wave of repression is allowed to stand … if the powers-that-be succeed in suppressing or marginalizing this new movement … if people are once again “penned in”—both literally and symbolically—things will be much worse. THIS SUPPRESSION MUST BE MASSIVELY OPPOSED AND DEFEATED.
“On the other hand, this too is true: Movements grow, and can only grow, by answering repression with even greater and more powerful mobilization.
“The need to act is urgent.”
Come discuss this latest outrage. Calling out thousands from the millions that have been inspired and had their imagination captured by Occupy is essential to going forward with all the different plans of Occupy. Discuss how to carry through with “A Call for Mass Action Against the Suppression of the Occupy Movement.” The repression of the Occupy movement must not stand. Act.