#OccupyWallSt is youthful, and for that I am glad – young people seeing through the corporatocratic bull and targetting the source – the financial exploiters on Wall Street. Below is a clip I got from this website, and when I first heard it my own prejudices came to the forefront. Why are these loud-mouthed young American women screaming and shouting so unnecessarily.
Now I have never been maced so I had no right to make such an assessment – loud-mouthed young American women or not. Then I saw part of the clip again on Democracy Now (Monday Sept 26th – in the news section), and I looked more closely. Again showing my prejudice I had jumped to an assumption that loud mouths had got in the face of the police, and the police had responded with mace. This sort of conduct would not be acceptable by the police – but at least understandable. Seeing the clip again I looked more closely. This was not nauseous arrogant young women (necessarily), but there was a police tactic. They had sectioned off a few women with the orange plastic barriers and maced them. They were not a danger, not necessarily in their face. This was a tactic of police violence, it was the intention of the police to be violent.
Now on the net through Twitter I had seen the allegations of police violence, and had assumed that this violence was a mixture of rough-house police method and in your face verbal aggression from the demonstrators. I am now of the opinion that it isn’t. On the website there are other examples of police aggression, and the tactic is to deter the demonstration. Check this clip:-
(This article contains an eye-witness account leading up to the macing).
And on the macing Michael Moore at Democracy Now (28/9/11) confirms the action of the police as policy:-
But here is an NYPD rank-and-file quote from #OccupyWallSt (30/9/11):-
“Let us also be clear that, when approached as individuals, members of the NYPD have expressed solidarity with our cause. It has been inspiring to receive this support. Over these thirteen days, we have learned that no one supports corporations’ disproportionate influence in the political sphere. We have learned that no one is in favor of evicting struggling families to the street while banks continue to profit. No one, that is, except the corporations and banks. We urge members of the NYPD to remain in solidarity with our cause. These men and women could lose their pensions and benefits during the next round of budget cuts. We ask that members of the NYPD treat all peaceful human beings with respect and care. This will be a great step towards reclaiming power for the working class. Those who profit off the suffering of others will held accountable. We are the 99%, and we are too big to fail.”
However to understand the reason for the police repression we want to consider donations to NYPD such as this one by J P Morgan, they are buying their own security.
I have just (4/10/11) discovered that this police bribe was given by J P Morgan on the eve of the start of Occupy.****
Comrades I wholeheartedly support your struggle and hope that there are sufficient good-hearted and true young people in America willing to stand up and suffer this violence in an effort to pinpoint what the corporatocracy will do to oppress the American people and the world. My friend listens to the BBC World Service news every night for a couple of hours and has not heard of this demonstration, an example of the media blackout.