Posts tagged The Whole World is Watching
Posts tagged The Whole World is Watching
This is what democracy looks like.
The Giants won the Superbowl, but the bombs are falling and people are being massacred fighting for freedom in Syria.
I hope I don’t have to explain what you should care about more.
In one of the largest mass arrests in recent Boston history, the Boston Police Department cleared a park of activists with the 99 Percent Movement in the early hours of Tuesday morning, dismantling and destroying tents that had been set up on Monday. Startling footage shot by an onlooker shows members of Veterans for Peace, an organization of U.S. military veterans who oppose war, being arrested by members of the Boston Police Department, their flags — including the American flag — being thrown to the ground:
This could be a flashpoint for the Occupy movement. There is no way to frame this other than police brutality. Boston PD is still trending on Twitter, hours after the raid began.
Arresting protesters does nothing but strengthen their resolve and grow their numbers. We are everywhere. We will not forget.
This is not America, this is a police state. Shame on the police for this.
This will not be forgiven, nor forgotten.
"A single spark can start a prairie fire." – Chinese Proverb
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Anyone notice this happens late at night? It’s after the local news is over, when media and lawyers are harder to get on the phone.
We are the new media. We are watching.
The scene at #OccupyBoston. They are beating war veterans with Veterans for Peace. Boston Police breached the camp and are destroying tents, are threatening making mass arrests.
Watch it here.
The police line inside the camp:
300 police surround the camp. Tune into the livestream here. Police are arresting people. This is not my country.
About that police brutality indeed… Here’s a member of the NYPD caught on camera boasting about how he’s going to beat protesters. He actually says, “My little nightstick’s going to get a workout tonight!” The officer then strikes the ground with his baton.
For more on tonight’s police brutality committed by the NYPD, click here.
This video shows a senior NYPD officer swinging his baton, beating protesters at tonight’s Occupy Wall Street march in New York City. Onlookers chant, “The whole world is watching!” The protesters were also reportedly pepper-sprayed. You can hear people screaming at others to cover their eyes, so I don’t see this as outside the realm of possibility.
Reporters at The Guardian UK wrote:
Questions are once again being asked about police tactics – video footage shows officers beating some protesters with batons. Despite the march having a permit, and the roads being closed, police funnelled protesters onto the sidewarks and into tightly-penned areas. This appears to have led to the frustration: police say they made about 12 arrests, mostly for disorderly conduct when a group of protesters tried to push through a barrier.
Many protesters are asking why the actions of the police seem to lead to confrontational situations, which the organisers of the Occupy Wall Street movement are so desperate to avoid.
The footage is horrifying. I know people will argue the officer was justified because he may have thought the situation was out of control. However, this was a permitted march. The roads were closed. The NYPD kettled protesters into tight spaces for no reason.
This resembles the purposeful leading and kettling of protesters onto the Brooklyn Bridge by the police - the same bridge police protested on in 1992. That protest was described as a "beer-swilling melee" by The New York Times. And lest we forget Tony Bologna’s brutality towards kettled protesters, here’s video of him pepper-spraying penned-up demonstrators.
The NYPD cannot be allowed to get away with this any longer. Several of those arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge Oct. 1 filed civil rights complaints in federal court. In the complaint, protesters seek to have their arrests nullified and state:
"After escorting and leading a group of demonstrators and others well out onto the Brooklyn Bridge roadway, the NYPD suddenly and without warning curtailed further forward movement, blocked the ability of persons to leave the bridge from the rear, and arrested hundreds of protesters in the absence of probable cause."
They also seek to have the city barred from using such tactics in the future.
I stand in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and I urge them to stand their ground. I hope these abuses of the U.S. Constitution do not dissuade people from further joining the movement. If you’re like me and can’t get to New York, find an event here.
The Syrian Defense Ministry site, hacked by Anonymous, click to enlarge.
This is truly amazing and inspiring.
Stand with those fighting for democracy by spreading the word. You can view the site here.
Conservative German Die Welt: “[T]here are few signs of self-doubt or self-awareness in the U.S. … [The Tea Party movement] sees the other side as their enemy. Negotiations with the Democrats, whether it’s about appointing a judge or the insolvency of the United States, are only successful if the enemy is defeated. Compromise, they feel, is a sign of weakness and cowardice.”
The German mass-circulation Bild: “What America is currently exhibiting is the worst kind of absurd theatrics and the whole world is being held hostage… Most importantly, the Republicans have turned a dispute over a technicality into a religious war, which no longer has any relation to a reasonable dispute between the elected government and the opposition.”
French newspaper Le Monde: ”The American politicians supposed to lead the most powerful nation in the world are becoming a laughing stock.”
Chinese state-owned newspaper Xinhua: “Given the United States’ status as the world’s largest economy and the issuer of the dominant international reserve currency, such political brinksmanship in Washington is dangerously irresponsible.”
(Source: socialuprooting, via )
Anderson Cooper on Libya (via lifeaficionada)
Everyone making fun of people reblogging information about Libya, Bahrain & Yemen, please see the above, and then feel free to shut the fuck up if you have nothing to contribute.
People are making fun of this? Sit down.
Preach it Anderson
The whole world is watching.