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"Updated, 3:35 a.m. Sunday | In a tense showdown above the East River, the police arrested more than 700 demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street protests who took to the roadway as they tried to cross the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday afternoon."

Police arrest demonstrators affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement as they attempt to cross the Brooklyn Bridge. (photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Police arrest demonstrators affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement as they attempt to cross the Brooklyn Bridge. (photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)



Arrest Toll on Brooklyn Bridge Rises to 700

By Al Baker, Colin Moynihan and Sarah Maslin Nir, The New York Times

01 October 11

 

Occupy Wall Street: Take the Bull by the Horns


Police Arrest Occupy Wall Street Protesters on the Brooklyn Bridge


Updated, 3:35 a.m. Sunday


n a tense showdown above the East River, the police arrested more than 700 demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street protests who took to the roadway as they tried to cross the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

The police said it was the marchers' choice that led to the enforcement action.

"Protesters who used the Brooklyn Bridge walkway were not arrested," Paul J. Browne, the chief spokesman for the New York Police Department, said. "Those who took over the Brooklyn-bound roadway, and impeded vehicle traffic, were arrested."

But many protesters said they believed the police had tricked them, allowing them onto the bridge, and even escorting them partway across, only to trap them in orange netting after hundreds had entered.

"The cops watched and did nothing, indeed, seemed to guide us onto the roadway," said Jesse A. Myerson, a media coordinator for Occupy Wall Street who marched but was not arrested.

A video on the YouTube page of a group called We Are Change shows some of the arrests.

Around 1 a.m., the first of the protesters held at the Midtown North Precinct on West 54th Street were released. They were met with cheers from about a half-dozen supporters who said they had been waiting as a show of solidarity since 6 p.m. for around 75 people they believed were held there. Every 10 to 15 minutes, they trickled out into a night far chillier than the afternoon on the bridge, each clutching several thin slips of paper - their summonses, for violations like disorderly conduct and blocking vehicular traffic. The first words many spoke made the group laugh: all variations on "I need a cigarette."

David Gutkin, 24, a Ph.D. student in musicology at Columbia University, was among the first released. He said that after being corralled and arrested on the bridge, he was put into plastic handcuffs and moved to what appeared to be a Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus, along with dozens of other protesters, for over four hours. They headed first into Brooklyn and then to several locations in Manhattan before arriving at the 54th Street precinct.

Men and women had been held separately, two or three to a cell. A few said they had been zip-tied the entire time. "We sang 'This Little Light of Mine,'" said Annie Day, 34, who when asked her profession said, "I'm a revolutionary." Ms. Day was wearing laceless Converse sneakers: police had required the removal of all laces as well as her belt. She rethreaded them on the pavement while a man who identified himself as a lawyer took each newly freed person's name.

None of the protesters interviewed knew if the bridge march was planned or a spontaneous decision by the crowd. But all insisted that the police had made no mention that the roadway was off limits. Ms. Day and several others said that police officers had walked beside the crowd until the group reached about midway, then without warning began to corral the protesters behind orange nets.

Sarah Maslin Nir for The New York TimesBrett Wolfson-Stofko, center, ran through a line of cheering supporters after being released from the Midtown South Precinct in Manhattan.The scene outside the Midtown South Precinct on West 35th Street around 2 a.m. was far more jovial. Only about 15 of the rumored 57 people had been released, but about a dozen waiting supporters danced jigs in the street to keep warm. They snacked on pizza. One even drank Coors Light beer, stashing the empty bottles under a parked police van. When a fresh protester was released, he or she ran through a gantlet formed by the waiting group, like a football player bursting onto the field during the Super Bowl. "This is so much better than prison!" one cheered.

"It's cold," said Rebecca Solow, 27, rubbing her arms as she waited on the sidewalk, "but every time one is released, it warms you up."

The march on the bridge had come to a head shortly after 4 p.m., as the 1,500 or so marchers reached the foot of the Brooklyn-bound car lanes of the bridge, just east of City Hall.

In their march north from Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan - headquarters for the last two weeks of a protest movement against what demonstrators call inequities in the economic system - they had stayed on the sidewalks, forming a long column of humanity penned in by officers on scooters.

Where the entrance to the bridge narrowed their path, some marchers, including organizers, stuck to the generally agreed-upon route and headed up onto the wooden walkway that runs between and about 15 feet above the bridge's traffic lanes.

But about 20 others headed for the Brooklyn-bound roadway, said Christopher T. Dunn of the New York Civil Liberties Union, who accompanied the march. Some of them chanted "take the bridge." They were met by a handful of high-level police supervisors, who blocked the way and announced repeatedly through bullhorns that the marchers were blocking the roadway and that if they continued to do so, they would be subject to arrest.

There were no physical barriers, though, and at one point, the marchers began walking up the roadway with the police commanders in front of them - seeming, from a distance, as if they were leading the way. The Chief of Department Joseph J. Esposito, and a horde of other white-shirted commanders, were among them.

After allowing the protesters to walk about a third of the way to Brooklyn, the police then cut the marchers off and surrounded them with orange nets on both sides, trapping hundreds of people, said Mr. Dunn. As protesters at times chanted "white shirts, white shirts," officers began making arrests, at one point plunging briefly into the crowd to grab a man.

The police said that those arrested were taken to several police stations and were being charged with disorderly conduct, at a minimum.

A freelance reporter for The New York Times, Natasha Lennard, was among those arrested. She was later released.

Mr. Dunn said he was concerned that those in the back of the column who might not have heard the warnings "would have had no idea that it was not O.K. to walk on the roadway of the bridge." Mr. Browne said that people who were in the rear of the crowd that may not have heard the warnings were not arrested and were free to leave.

Earlier in the afternoon, as many as 10 Department of Correction buses, big enough to hold 20 prisoners apiece, had been dispatched from Rikers Island in what one law enforcement official said was "a planned move on the protesters."

Etan Ben-Ami, 56, a psychotherapist from Brooklyn who was up on the walkway, said that the police seemed to make a conscious decision to allow the protesters to claim the road. "They weren't pushed back," he said. "It seemed that they moved at the same time."

Mr. Ben-Ami said he left the walkway and joined the crowd on the road. "It seemed completely permitted," he said. "There wasn't a single policeman saying 'don't do this'."

He added: "We thought they were escorting us because they wanted us to be safe." He left the bridge when he saw officers unrolling the nets as they prepared to make arrests. Many others who had been on the roadway were allowed to walk back down to Manhattan.

Mr. Browne said that the police did not trick the protesters into going onto the bridge.

"This was not a trap," he said. "They were warned not to proceed."

In related protests elsewhere in the country, 25 people were arrested in Boston for trespassing while protesting Bank of America's foreclosure practices, according to Eddy Chrispin, a spokesman for the Boston Police Department. The protesters were on the grounds and blocking the entrance to the building, Mr. Chrispin said.


Natasha Lennard, William K. Rashbaum and Elizabeth A. Harris contributed reporting.

 

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+204 # Vardette 2011-10-01 15:25
To all those wonderful brave people I thank you with all my heart for what you are doing for all of us. You are our heroes!
 
 
+63 # Rita Walpole Ague 2011-10-01 16:34
Yes indeed, Vardette. I said the same thing today to the protestors I stood with in Colorado Springs Acacia Park. Big suprise, we had no arrests or brutalizing by govt. operative ordered cops. Merely video and audio taping from across the street. Could be it's gettin' through to our villainaire rulers and their minions that such slamdunking of peace and justice protestors tends to make us more determined than ever.

American Revolution II, it's acomin'.
 
 
+58 # NanFan 2011-10-02 02:26
I'm in Spain right now and am watching this unfold into the biggest chaotic mess on the part of the fascist cops I've ever seen!

I am a disgusted American, as I watch similar peaceful marching in Spain against the "crisis,"and they are marching down the busiest streets, led by police to protect them, at least in Valencia, and without incident. In fact, people are shouting their praises from balconies.

THIS is how it should be in America, supposedly the "greatest democracy in the world." Ha! Ha! Are you friggin' kidding me? We are no longer a democracy, we are a capitalist fascist state with people protesting because that is NOT what we want! We want jobs, and homes, and a government that stands up for us. We want the money we spend on education to mean something at the end. We want REAL freedom.

Shame is the least of the term that should be used against the NYPD as they arbitrarily reach into a crowd of peaceful demonstrators and pull someone out by their feet, drag them down the street, and FIVE cops hold them down to secure one arrest?? Shame??? They should be shouting: "Criminals! Criminals! The police have become the criminals!!!"

What the hell is going on with that city?? I saw a child being arrested in that video...a KID!! who's doing nothing but walking and shouting.

It will get uglier, I fear. So, so sad.
 
 
-7 # Big Bear 2011-10-02 19:04
How's the moo-slum invasio of Spain working for you dilbert?
 
 
+30 # cherylpetro 2011-10-01 22:40
AMEN TO THAT! THEY ARE STANDING UP FOR US ALL! THEY ARE BRAVE HEROES AND HEROINES!
 
 
+130 # Cliffard 2011-10-01 15:36
Thanks to the police for helping grow this movement and propelling it forward. Had they done nothing it probably would have fizzled out, but just as in Egypt and Libya, repression is what will breed success. I had no idea that the NYPD was so left leaning, but then again, they are Union Workers.

MY heart felt sympathies and thanks to those that are being arrested and brutalized, your public service is much appreciated
 
 
+42 # in deo veritas 2011-10-01 17:26
Left-leaning??? Just the opposite as they take the side of the Wall Street fascists. What they did on the bridge was nothing short of entrapment. What is needed is so many protestoprs that there are not enough rent-a-cops or nets to stop them.
 
 
+31 # Cliffard 2011-10-01 20:35
I was being sarcastic about their leanings, but I think that by doing what they did they unwittingly will help the protest in the long run
 
 
+15 # readerz 2011-10-02 06:48
I would hope so in a sane society, but this is not a sane society. In all my life, even during the '60s and '70s, there was never an organized group like the Tea Party that actually got national clout. Even George Wallace and the John Birchers were a minority. We need many more protesters, and not just protesters on the street, but at all the media that sponsor, promote, and help the Tea Party to grow. The drama that the police are trying to do is to prove that the "undisciplined" protesters are interfering with NYC traffic etc.; they will try to use the protesters to support their side. It is important not to let them.
 
 
+2 # rtrues54 2011-10-02 13:41
Quoting in deo veritas:
Left-leaning??? Just the opposite as they take the side of the Wall Street fascists. What they did on the bridge was nothing short of entrapment. What is needed is so many protestoprs that there are not enough rent-a-cops or nets to stop them.


YES!!! THE PROTEST MUST CONTINUE UNTIL IT REACHES CRITICAL MASS AND GOES NUCLEAR!!!
 
 
+2 # KittatinyHawk 2011-10-02 14:47
The fact that they are Union is not why they are doing this, you sound like another GOP. If you have not paid attention 1/3 of NYC police have been laid off, so the goon squad has been set upon, these may not be Union at all.
Blue shirts are Union, and if I know them they wish they did not have to be there since their Union is there.

By the way, why aren't you there or at one in your State? Have you started any meetings for awareness, of course not, just easier for other people to do it for you.

We have hypocrites in NY just like anywhere else. If they intentionally went to disrupt traffic, than Police had the right to arrest. I organize and do a lot of peaceful actions, one must move, keep moving, and follow the barriors. that has been a law for decades! In order to use a street, a permit must be obtained, notice given within the City's time period.
 
 
+133 # therealmatt 2011-10-01 15:42
These people were re-routed to the Brooklyn Bridge by the police in the first place. The cops set them up. Just another ridiculous stunt pulled by the police to try and make a dent in the protesting.
 
 
+35 # Texas Aggie 2011-10-01 16:51
We saw this with the Republican convention years ago in NY and it seems they're refining their techniques.
 
 
+115 # DPM 2011-10-01 15:44
I've been expecting the authorities to begin some kind of "entrapment" moves to thin out the protests. There will be more. More provocations, too. Apparently, the protests are beginning to bother some of the "powers that be" and they will, now, try to squelch them. Up the protesters!
 
 
+77 # KittatinyHawk 2011-10-01 15:59
Nice that City of NY can afford to have Workers, who otherwise the Rethugs call lazy Union Workers, to drive buses because the Police were going to intentionally arrest Protestors. Nazi Law in NY Mayor Bloomberg, these protestors are not hurting your investments, sir.

Sad when lies about arrests are why we are getting attention. Get the Unions out there, remind the Cops that they have been reduced thanks to Wall Street's Greed. Let's take a look at the Budget NY.

In meantime, stay in order, keep out of harms way, keep moving, keep cameras rolling. If you prove these are assaults on your rights, it will cost these Cities more, and they will look foolish. Do not block traffic, pedestrians, bicycles. Never lower yourself to their level. That said the photos, videos will prove what the System is doing. Good Luck
 
 
+90 # RagingLiberal 2011-10-01 16:02
Sounds like a major setup to me! Bastards!!
 
 
+33 # michelle 2011-10-01 17:38
Sounds like a MAYOR set up to me.
 
 
+100 # Cassandra2012 2011-10-01 16:03
The NYPD has plummeted to a new low... losing all credibility and honor.
Now on a par with the ChicagoPD of 1968!
 
 
+31 # Brooklyn Girl 2011-10-01 16:52
Well, it's not quite 1968 yet. But we're getting there fast. And this was definitely a set-up. Why didn't they just allow them to use the pedestrian walkway in the first place?
 
 
+13 # badbenski 2011-10-01 20:14
Quoting Brooklyn Girl:
Well, it's not quite 1968 yet. But we're getting there fast. And this was definitely a set-up. Why didn't they just allow them to use the pedestrian walkway in the first place?


Oh we're way beyond 1968 in Chicago. Not in terms of police violence but in terms of the gravity of the situation. In '68 it was about some rather important social and political issues; Stop The War, Civil Rights, etc. However, today it's literally a matter of whether or not the American people are willing to accept serfdom in this new world order and whether or not we're willing to tolerate the clear beginnings of a total police state. It's time to go to Nuckle City folks. If you don't manifest a weapon they're not going to shoot you so why not give some cops the horizontal tour of the sidewalk when they clearly violate your rights? Show some moxie and the police won't so quick to feel froggy enough to leap on you. In 1968 at the Dems Convention, when the cops cornered the crowd they came out swinging, ultimately injuring just under 200 cops, who'd been up for days taking speed and in the throes of amphetamine psychosis. Stop trying to be Ghandi, be Americans and adopt a Don't Tread On Me attitude because that's where we are at the present time. This is about whether or not we're willing to accept a facsist state run by goons.
 
 
+10 # readerz 2011-10-02 06:53
Provoking violence won't get the attention that non-violence gets in the long run.
Remember the 1968 convention? And the result, Nixon?
 
 
0 # KittatinyHawk 2011-10-02 14:52
We do not need people like you, this is a peaceful march. People like you would end up getting people killed.
Are you there? If not are you active in your State, Municipality? Have you started meetings? You are probably an instigator
 
 
0 # KittatinyHawk 2011-10-02 14:49
I would like to hear just who the white shirts are before disparaging the same force that put their life on the line in disaster
 
 
+24 # Rita Walpole Ague 2011-10-01 16:08
Today (Saturday) numerous Occupy Wall Street peaceful protestors gathered on public sidewalks in Colorad Springs' downtown Acacia Park. Word of mouth had spread re. the strong possibility, given this city's being the super fusion center of the county's over seventy-two fusion center, and longstanding history of brutalization/t orture/arrest of peaceful peace and justice activists, that such arrests and egregious brutalizing could/would occur. But, instead, mere taping/recordin g by unknown and quite obviously trained agents was today's m.o..

So hope arrests and police foul actions serve to make these New York folks and so many more in D.C., etc. more determined than ever to...UNDO THE COUP!
 
 
+49 # Magars 2011-10-01 16:35
What Hillary Clinton have to say now.She was in favor of protesters in other countries! How about the police abuse in our own democratic country?!
 
 
+11 # readerz 2011-10-02 06:54
Yes, let's write to the State Department and find out.
 
 
0 # KittatinyHawk 2011-10-02 14:53
Her and Bill live in NY they should be there...
 
 
+50 # cbefire 2011-10-01 16:43
Note that only "White shirt" cops are in the photo. The "blue-shirt" cops are ordinary low rank - part of the "99%". That's why they agree with us ordinary folk. The "white shirt" cops are management - hoping to join the "1%" by ingratiating themselves. That's why they are brutal.

This is an "US versus THEM" battle. THEM is the 1% abetted by their amoral henchmen who also hope to become rich by stealing from US. "US" is the rest of us - the 99%. THEY divide and rule US by getting US to fight against each other - white against black, christian against muslim, straight against gay, etc - to distract US, while THEY exploit all of US.

"United we stand. Divided we fall!"
 
 
+46 # rom120 2011-10-01 16:49
The US of A is lecturing other countries about "human rights abuses". A joke, yes it is. It is stifling peaceful demonstrations with pepper spray, nets and arrests. The land of the brave and free? It was one time, not any more.
America the great is not so great anymore. It sold it's soul to Wall Street while condemning other countries for being less brutal to it's own citizens.
Please keep up the fight.
 
 
+21 # dyannne 2011-10-01 16:53
We are the 99 percent!!!!! Police included.
 
 
-5 # Big Bear 2011-10-02 19:05
Mayabe where YOU live. Come out here in the Heartland and get you some. Left wing nut case.
 
 
+1 # michelle 2011-10-05 11:24
Madison, Wisconsin is in the heartland. What do you make of their actions? Perhaps there is more to the heartland than you are aware of these days.
 
 
-8 # JLBreckenridge 2011-10-01 16:56
Did the protesters, entering the traffic lanes, take the apparent delay in police intervention as tacit permission, or was permission explicitly given? Unless this really is a set up, I can't imagine police giving anyone permission to walk in the vehicle traffic lanes. It will be interesting to see what video was captured on the scene so we can see for ourselves how this whole thing started.
 
 
+10 # readerz 2011-10-02 07:03
Pedestrians are allowed on streets in peaceful parades and protests, and it is common that streets go over bridges. The Brooklyn Bridge is a landmark, but it is also a bridge that connects parts to New York City together into one city. I would question why a large parade is not allowed the use of a street; that is very fascist. We could ask just as well why all the parades are allowed in NYC, and if they knew ahead of time about this parade, why were buses sent to arrest them? I have walked the walkway myself in the past, and it is not handicapped friendly for one thing; there are safety concerns about having such a large crowd on it.
 
 
+4 # RagingLiberal 2011-10-02 15:04
readerz, part of the answer to your question is that many parades and demonstrations are planned well in advance, and obtain permits for closure of city streets. If you do it without a permit, technically its illegal.
 
 
-2 # KittatinyHawk 2011-10-02 15:05
YES it will. Otherwise I am wondering what infiltrators are taking the Peaceful March to a level of GOP?TP Revenge
 
 
-5 # Big Bear 2011-10-02 19:06
You made a huge mistake here. You tried to be rational with irrantional people. Glad you have negatives! Shows you're sane!!
 
 
+40 # universlman 2011-10-01 16:56
using chinese crowd control tactics on free americans is an insult to the constitution
 
 
+43 # R U Kidding Me? 2011-10-01 17:01
Keep up the great work you guys. God bless you one and all. 99% of America is behind you!!! The other 1% will be beneath you all!!!
 
 
+10 # Vardette 2011-10-01 17:08
Mother Fkers!!!!! How dare they!
 
 
+33 # williamofthetrees 2011-10-01 17:11
Bravo for the people standing up for a more humane world. How can we connect all around the world? I am way south of the USA and wish to stand up with you all.

Thank you, thank you!
 
 
+3 # RagingLiberal 2011-10-02 15:06
william, one of the cores for information and connection is the Care2 network. Thats a good place to start. Also change.org and facebook
 
 
+32 # Gary Nelson 2011-10-01 17:12
Thank you all for your willingness to stand i solidarity for our country and it's citizens. Corporations are not people.
 
 
+31 # John Locke 2011-10-01 17:15
Its a sign of desperation and panic, the financial district is surely behind this, and it shows their state of fear, they are really afraid of this movement because it is drawing attention to the cockroaches that live off us...but this will backfire, the movement has already gone far enough to reach mainstream news...others will take up the gauntlet and the movement can only grow, NYPD blue has made all these people myrters for a cause that will unite the entire 99% agaist NYPD's masters, Wall Street... wonder why they don't arrest the real criminals Goldman sachs CEO, BofA CEO, and the rest of the scum... instead they are arresting the messinger who wants the scum exposed...and our country back
 
 
+25 # balancingact 2011-10-01 17:18
Apparently some have interpreted freedom and liberty to mean they have the right to establish a modern day, technological feudalism in this country.

Well, they are wrong! The U.S. Constitution refutes them.

Apparently some think they can amass unlimited wealth at the expense of justice and truth and the ecosystems upon which we depend.

Again, they are wrong! Human dignity exposes their corruption.
 
 
+6 # KPnotion 2011-10-01 17:23
Curious about hy protstors weregoing to Brooklyn.
 
 
+23 # Vardette 2011-10-01 17:26
More will come. Like the freedom riders we will stream in from all over the country! This behavior on the part of the NYPD will just show the world and the people of our nation just how hard we must fight to change what is happening to us. THESE ARE OUR MEN WOMEN AND CHILDREN!
 
 
+42 # DLT999 2011-10-01 17:40
YES, this is an old tactic by the cops. They did it at the RNC. They act nice and friendly and escort the protesters to their destination and actually TELL THEM to go a certain way. Once a good number of them are on route, WHAM -- the cops turn on them and do massive arrests It's a SET-UP. DON'T TRUST THE COPS. Especially the white shirts aka the brown shirts of Nazi days.
 
 
+30 # DLT999 2011-10-01 17:44
I hope there are multiple cameras with audio that will show these cops TELLING these protesters where to walk and even escorting them to the place where they would be arrested. Then let's run it all over the net. The cops did this SAME THING at the RNC. Why else would they carry a huge orange net with them over the bridge if they didn't intend on entrapping them??? Lawyers?
 
 
+31 # Rued Gestures 2011-10-01 17:58
And these 'white-shirted policemen 'of unknown origin? They are very probably our friendly mercenary friends from Blackwater, using their well-known terrorist tactics on the CITIZENS of our great nation. And I really wonder HOW MUCH MONEY they are costing the taxpayers? Mercenaries do not work cheap, and they always get paid FIRST. Somebody really needs to get this information and spread it around. We need to expose these gross abuses of power, and quickly. Who are the White Shirts? Where are they from? WHO IS PAYING THEM?
 
 
+2 # KittatinyHawk 2011-10-02 15:03
SEIOU should be investigating who they are, probably are to see if violation is being committed. Homeland Security my butt, this is GOP Dominance and Submission.

I fought against the Homeland bs because of government officials who were for it, most without any intelligence to begin with. Gov Ridge, asked us environmentalis ts to come up with Alternative Energy. Like we have none, duh. I hope he has crawled back into his hole!
 
 
+15 # giraffee2012 2011-10-01 19:21
My mother lived in Germany until 1936. She taught Ann Frank in early 1930s. She reunited with Otto Frank in 1963 (on her one trip back to Germany).

These white shirt police are no different than the Nazi Brown Shirts. The vote suppression tactics of the GOP/TP governed states is also similar to Hitler's rise to power.

Wall Street + Koch brothers are paying for the elections of GOP/TP and rest assured these "white shirts" are also PAID and instructed.

Vote Dem Vote Obama in 2012.
Get to any minority neighborhood (or the old, etc) in the democratic neighborhoods to make sure those people get their IDs + registered + absentee ballots (mail-ins)=== Go to you Dem headquarters to get others to go with you. Do not go alone!

VOTE Dem Vote Obama. and
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dylan-ratigan/get-money-out-join-100000_b_983427.html
Sign up to get the Koch brothers' out of buying up our government along with "person hoods" from Wall Street.

Do not get distracted. 2012 is the most important election we've ever had to win.

Go Wisconsin and OH --- you are brave and great people. All that attended "occupy W.S>" -- I salute YOU!
 
 
+25 # Eastmain 2011-10-01 19:52
If the police had actually been interested in public safety and minimization of traffic congestion; they would have had the marchers cross as rapidly as possible. Conducting a mass arrest upon the bridge itself is undoubtedly more dangerous and disruptive to all; including motorists that sought to drive across.
 
 
-63 # Big Bear 2011-10-01 19:57
Some of you keep referring to them as "brave", what's brave about a few hundred people who do not understand how an economy works because they CHOOSE to be under achievers/slack ers so the protest the system. I understand college profs and blacks showing up, they are perpetual "victims" but the rest of you are either communists or dumbasses!
 
 
+29 # propsguy 2011-10-01 20:10
hey, these "slackers' as you call them just might save your sorry ass if they can pull this country back from the abyss it is facing
 
 
-5 # Big Bear 2011-10-02 19:09
REALLY?? And I ASKED FOR YOUR HELP! I HATE left wingers, if it were up to me all of you would be in two states with all your illegal aliens, welfare moms, baby makers, crack heads, anti-Americans and other scumbags. Better yet, why not go to a communist nation? It's already set up for you except there they MAKE you be productive, here you can just protest!! Morons.
 
 
+29 # badbenski 2011-10-01 20:23
Quoting Big Bear:
Some of you keep referring to them as "brave", what's brave about a few hundred people who do not understand how an economy works because they CHOOSE to be under achievers/slackers so the protest the system. I understand college profs and blacks showing up, they are perpetual "victims" but the rest of you are either communists or dumbasses!


You're sounding like a collaborator and a traitor. How does it feel to be a tool of the new world order weilded against your own people? The powers that be who you appear to defend don't give a crap about you and yours either. Understand that. Who spoon fed you the rhetoric you spout? Or did you just absorb it from the media pundits who crawl over one another to wash your brain. When you find out that in their eyes you just another Peon it'll be too late for you. You won't be able to muster a protest and those you oppose won't trust you to stand with them. You'll be out in the cold, all by your lonesome.
 
 
-5 # Big Bear 2011-10-02 19:11
WOOOOOOOOOOO, the NEW WORLD ORDER, WOOOOOOOOO BUILDING 7, WOOOOOOOOOOO 9/11 was an inside job, WOOOOOOOOOOO, my kid should get a trophy too for being on the tenth place team in a 10 team league and never playing an inning so he/she will FEEL good. Yeah and I'm the boogy man. Here's a big old cyber middle finger for you. If you haven't looked around we are ALL on our own when it comes time to pay the mortgage or work overtime. Geeeeeeeeez!
 
 
+26 # LizR 2011-10-01 20:47
Quoting Big Bear:
Some of you keep referring to them as "brave", what's brave about a few hundred people who do not understand how an economy works because they CHOOSE to be under achievers/slackers so the protest the system. I understand college profs and blacks showing up, they are perpetual "victims" but the rest of you are either communists or dumbasses!

You honestly think the economy "works" ??

Maybe where you live but not on planet Earth. The so-called economy is a means of making a few people richer at the exprense of their own grandchildren, the rest of us, and the planet.
 
 
-6 # Big Bear 2011-10-02 19:12
Who do YOU work for Einstein? Do you drive a car? Buy groceries? Pay rent or buy a house? Wear clothing? If you do ANY of those then by your sick standards YOU are part of the problem. Grow up sissy.
 
 
+28 # michelle 2011-10-01 20:56
The rest of us are neither communists or dumb as you claim. We are ordinary citizens concerned about fairness and equality. We are concerned about the path our democracy is taking. We are concerned for the safety and well being of our friends and neighbors. We still believe we can move our political system back on the path to a reasonable life for all of us.

The unemployed today are not under achievers or slackers, especially the young, recent college grads. They are awash in a country that provides no opportunity for achievement. I spoke with a homeless man today as he panhandled in front of a grocery store. He used to work construction but hasn't been able to find work for two years. He told me nobody cares about the American people anymore. I don't know what you do but perhaps you too will find yourself in circumstances you did not plan for and develop a deeper understanding of today's economic atmosphere.

As for college profs being perpetual victims. I haven't a clue what that refers to but then again I don't listen to Rush.
 
 
-6 # Big Bear 2011-10-02 19:16
I don't listen to Rush either, I don't listen to any of them. What I do KNOW is America offers EQUAL OPPORTUNITY but does not allow for EQUAL OUTCOME! That's up to YOU sissy. Fairness and equality is up to YOU. Pick a communist country and MOVE there. They are all about equality, except for the few in the ruling class. I care about the American people, the ones I see driving to work everyday instead of creating more work for the police. Fairness and equality my ass. Get it on your own laziness.
 
 
+23 # Cliffard 2011-10-01 21:32
They are brave because they are taking a stand for what they believe in and putting it on the line. I think they do understand how the economy works which is why they are there protesting.

Just so you understand how the economy works. The economy works the way we let it work. acquisition of money or capitol being the goal.

Laws, regulations, tax and tariff policy being the rules we play by. If it were not against the law to steal, how many more thefts would we have?
if bankers are allowed to bankrupt our country and get bailed out and make huge profits doing so, why would they stop.
If we had no taxes on the acquisition of wealth and allowed monopolies how soon would all the money be in the hands of a few powerful persons.
If we had no tariffs protecting our standard of living, how fast would all the jobs go to those in the countries with the lowest standards of living.
Right now our laws, regulations, tariff and tax policy are leaning way towards the interests of the few at the expense of the many. It needs to be brought back to where it was before the great dismantling started in the 80s.
The only way that will happen is if the "brave" start fighting for it to happen. You are seeing the beginning of that fight
 
 
-6 # Big Bear 2011-10-02 19:19
Then I'm "brave" too for taking a stance against this nonsense. I never made more then $50,000 in my life, I worked Saturdays and sometimes Sundays on a part time job to provide a better life, or I C OULD have bitched and whined and marched on a bridge. I live a good life, my home is paid for because I took care of business and relied on no one but ME. I will guarantee you this, if the fight has just begun, anyone trying to take over the city/town I live in and convert it to YOUR image of "fair and equal" will face the worst fears of their lives.
 
 
+18 # davidhp 2011-10-02 07:11
Big Bear you have been drinking too much tea. The economy works the way the 1 percent wants it to work so long as the 99 percent go along with it. The spark of 99 percent who have lost homes, financial security, health insurance, jobs, and a decent quality of life are waking up to the real enemies those who control the wealth made off the backs of working people everywhere. Their days as the power are numbered.
 
 
-7 # Big Bear 2011-10-02 19:20
Sorry you have class envy. Get a part time job J.O.
 
 
+20 # angelfish 2011-10-01 20:11
We SHALL overcome someday... SOON! God bless all who marched and were arrested on the Bridge and elsewhere. Justice WILL be served!
 
 
+24 # disgusted American 2011-10-01 20:23
No, Big Bear, you're the dumbass.

People are not choosing to be jobless, underemployed and all the rest. Sounds like you are clueless about what the U.S. gov't is doing to we the people.

As for these arrests, it was a set up - no doubt in my mind. Someone ought to throw an orange net around the White Shirts who are more than likely acting on orders from the ruling class. And rotten tomatoes aimed at the champagne drinkers from Cipriani on the balcony in one picture I saw would be rich!! These people are disgusting.

Bring it on and don't forget about Oct 6 in D.C.
 
 
-6 # Big Bear 2011-10-02 19:21
How long ago did you do LSD?
 
 
+15 # jwb110 2011-10-01 20:25
These protesters need to carry placards reminding the the police that it the people who DON"T get the tax breaks are paying their wages and benefits and they are Union when many other Union jobs have gone away.
If it does turn violent at least you'll be able to see the uniforms.
 
 
+21 # sugrem 2011-10-01 20:53
I wish I were young enough and able to walk well enough to join these protesters whom I admire. Also wish I were young enough to see the eventual results of the fervor that is--finally--gr owing to hold the financial crooks and the political thieves responsible for ruining our country. It should all have started with the prosecution of the former administration for war crimes and crimes against the Constitution--a nd that should have been followed up with prosecution of the tax-cheating, share holder-cheating , pension-fund cheating thieves at the top of the financial heap. There ought to be a law that no one should be salaried above $1,000,000 a year or compensated with anything except a salary. If the next election doesn't throw out the political thieves, we may need a bloody revolution--and that would be a horror.
 
 
+3 # KittatinyHawk 2011-10-02 14:58
There are lots of way to help. Petitions, organizing in home meetings. Do not have to March to be part
 
 
+14 # Paul Scott 2011-10-01 21:01
Those NY Cops know there are no jobs being created by wealth aso they will come down on OWS to keep their jobs. Republican voters are told by their leaders that employee’s and their employer’s paying into a retirement and medical fund, all their working lives; then drawing from the prepaid retirement fund and have prepaid medical care is socialism destroying the nation.

However, these same people believe the same leaders when told that tax-breaks and the transference of the people’s tax money into subsidies for the rich creates jobs, for the working class, but when Bush 1 and II’s “DOL employment rates are checked the evidence shows both had increases in their unemployment rates, while Clintons rate fell. Reaganomics is 31 years old and the unemployment rate now stands at 9.2 “the official number” meaning the number is actually 20 percent or higher. Republican policies crashed this nation and republican policies will not fix this nation. Ignorance is not bliss and people die from it.
 
 
+16 # tonenotvolume 2011-10-01 22:44
One of the effects of OWS is a gauntlet thrown down to Obama...are you with us or against us? There really is no middle ground on this issue but his M.O. is to be reasonable, to negotiate, to compromise. All of these are admirable qualities and strategies IF the other side is listening. They are not and will only begin listening if the "pain" of protests, boycotts, truthouts, and votes are strong enough. I am with the protesters and their allies 100%. I can't be there but I can donate and spread the word. And I can vote.
 
 
+23 # Richard1908 2011-10-01 22:45
"The whole world is watching ...", including many concerned and supportive Australians
 
 
-6 # Big Bear 2011-10-02 19:22
You should be concerned mate, they took away your guns!!
 
 
+19 # mudbike 2011-10-02 05:03
This latest outrage by NYPD is nothing new. I have already been boycotting NYC for years (since Giuliani became mayor) because of the carte blanche the city government has given the police to operate blatantly outside the law. The German SS had nothing on the NYPD when it comes to brutalizing and violating the rights of those they don't like or are not white.
 
 
+15 # USA2012??? 2011-10-02 05:31
Law Enforcement: what do you expect to gain subduing the very people fighting for that which they've earned and contributed for their well being that has been at the moment been legally taken away from them? How secure is your pension plan, job, and other benefits that come with your vocation? Most importantly, how do you feel protecting the very crooks that may be responsible for the demise of your own well being? You are protecting the scoundrels that have intentionally decimated this county's well being for their own greed, and what do you hope to gain by protecting them? They sit smug in their offices being protected by the very people they'll eventually turn on when it suits them: then what?
 
 
+17 # psychomom 2011-10-02 06:43
You wonderful, brave, intelligent protesters make my heart soar! Keep up the great work!! And remember -- THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING!!
 
 
+13 # davidhp 2011-10-02 07:06
The fires of a people's revolt have been ignited as this movement which began in the Arab spring spreads across the world. The people are tired of being controlled by multinational corporations living in their our designed economic system based on profits over people. The people are saying enough the wealth of the world does not belong to the 1 percent who control most of it. Change is comming and it is coming fast.

#OccupyLasVegas #OccupyTogether
 
 
+10 # DaveM 2011-10-02 09:47
What is this world coming to--wanton and malicious WALKING! Surely a crime wave such as the world has never seen before!

Wouldn't it be nice if police carrying handfuls of zip-ties walked into various brokerage houses and arrested those who have stolen from the entire nation?
 
 
0 # iris 2011-10-02 10:41
just "dont block traffic" has always been the rule... the cops at least dont use machine guns.
 
 
+2 # KittatinyHawk 2011-10-02 14:56
If instigators are there, do not use roadways. You need Permits, ads to close off streets, that is in every Municipality.
Cops have the right to arrest. If they told you to come with them, you have videos then get to lawyer.
Have patience, do not let the garbage infiltrate as they do not care what happens to you, they want to make this look bad for you.
 
 
+2 # tonenotvolume 2011-10-02 20:18
Hey K
You're still thinking like one of the herd. That's half the reason we're at this point, this collision of values. Wall Street and their minions know the rules but only they get to break them.
 
 
+5 # DPM 2011-10-02 12:17
Not yet, Iris.
 
 
+9 # Peace Anonymous 2011-10-02 12:44
STAY PEACEFUL. Regardless of how it happened there is no such thing as bad press here. Stay peaceful and stay focused and welcome the media attention that results from the arrests of 700 peace people trying to shine a light on the injustices of our society.
This is all good.
 
 
+6 # shambalah 2011-10-02 15:01
"Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring,those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."
~Robert F. Kennedy
Thank you Wall Street peaceful protesters for beginning the ripples.
 
 
+5 # Magars 2011-10-02 16:57
What a fantastic way to honor Professor HOWARD ZINN! His ideals of Democracy for America are alive,because our young protestors.
Guys,maybe you didn't realize yet,but you are part of American History already. Thank you,heroes!
 
 
+4 # NOMINAE 2011-10-02 19:41
Appreciate the "Big Picture", people. The arrest of 700 human
beings instantly transformed this event from a scene that couldn't get press for money to one now being seen and discussed all over the entire globe ! We can't *buy* this kind of publicity. The NYPD have *fully* "Out-FOXED" themselves. Let's maintain an "attitude of gratitude" from the Larger Perspective !
 
 
+5 # purple haze 2011-10-02 20:10
I am loving this beginning revolution going on across the country now. These young people are reminding me of myself in the 1960's. I went to many anti war protests in my youth. We stood up for what we believed in then, and they are doing it now. I am waiting for some of the Democratic congressional members to start showing some solidarity with the protests going on. If they truly believe in democracy then they need to prove it be supporting the demonstrators, otherwise they are no better than the Republibaggers, and their fascist corporate bosses. Keep it up and don't give up. You have the support of all Americans being oppressed by the fascist corporate ceo's and the greedy banking pigs that are robbing the American people of their money. DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS: STAND UP AND BE COUNTED AS SUPPORTING THIS MOVEMENT, IF NOT, THEN BE PREPARED TO BE VOTED OUT OF OFFICE. THE PEOPLE ARE FINALLY SPEAKING. THANK GOD.......
 

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