Seattle Nov. 15th: Police douse protesters with pepper spray. There seems to be some confusion on what caused officers to begin spraying, as written documents indicate one protester tried to strike police with a stick, and when police moved in to arrest her, their efforts were thwarted by others. Whatever started it, it looks as though many were hit with their pepper spray incuding Dorli Rainey, an 84-year-old sprayed in the face. Dorli Rainey said she had joined the march to “show solidarity with New York,” after the Occupy Wall Street camp was cleared early Tuesday. She said, “They picked up their bicycles and started shoving them at us and confining us in a very small place and they started to pepper spray,” she said. “Pepper spray was deployed only against subjects who were either refusing a lawful order to disperse or engaging in assaultive behavior toward officers” according to the SPD blotter.Read full articles on The New York Times and Seattle Post Intelligencer.
This segment of The Rachel Maddow Show shows footage of riot police last week, breaking up an Occupy Wall Street demonstration last week on Nov. 9th at Berkeley’s supposed free speech plaza. Since the massive show of force on November 9th, protesters have returned.
Occupy has turned violent for many protesters as police officers take down tents and clear out protesters’ belongings in a predawn raid yesterday morning Nov. 15th, at Zucotti park. In a massive show of force, NYPD dressed in riot gear and began tearing down tents and clearing out the park around 1am yesterday, while many protesters were sleeping.
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow covered current developments in the Occupy movement well on her segment, The Rachel Maddow Show, Occupy is here to stay. Maddow has a good point, saying, “…this is practical advice for every mayor in the country, every police force in the country – the whole point of this protest is that it doesn’t go away. That’s the tactical point. It’s not called March on Wall Street. It’s not called Rally at Wall Street. It’s called Occupy Wall Street. It’s not a stand up to for the 99% on Saturday at noon movement. It’s a we are the 99% movement, and it’s tactics are about physical presence, about continued physical presence, and so beating the heck out of people and knocking down their signs and arresting them and tearing down their stuff and cutting it up with sawzalls and running them out of a public space for a day – that makes this movement stronger.”