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Intro: "When New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg decided to stage a middle of the night raid on the Occupy Wall Street protesters in Zuccotti Park, there was one thing he didn't want ... media coverage. So Bloomberg said screw the First Amendment."

Mayor Michael Bloomberg suspends the First Amendment. (photo: Andrew Burton/Reuters)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg suspends the First Amendment. (photo: Andrew Burton/Reuters)



Media Blackout on Mayor Bloomberg's Raid on Zuccotti Park

By Barbara Morrill, Daily Kos

15 November 11

 

Occupy Wall Street: Take the Bull by the Horns

 

hen New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg decided to stage a middle of the night raid on the Occupy Wall Street protesters in Zuccotti Park, there was one thing he didn't want ... media coverage. So Bloomberg said screw the First Amendment:

New York Observer Politics Reporter Hunter Walker:

I was blocked from viewing nypd raid at #occupywallstreet along with reporters from cnbc, nbc, cbs, wsj and reuters #mediablackout

New York Times Reporter Brian Stelter:

I'm w/ a NY Post reporter who says he was roughed up by riot police as Zuccotti was cleared. He thinks violence was "completely deliberate."

Mother Jones reporter Josh Harkinson:

Cops just violently shoved me away as I tried to shoot this man in a stretcher being loaded into ambulance http://twitpic.com/7efa2v

And from the gothamist:

During our coverage of the eviction of the Occupy Wall Street protesters early this morning, a NPR reporter, a New York Times reporter, and a city councilmember were arrested. Airspace in Lower Manhattan was closed to CBS and NBC news choppers by the NYPD, a New York Post reporter was allegedly put in a "choke hold" by the police, a NBC reporter's press pass was confiscated and a large group of reporters and protesters were hit with pepper spray. According to the eviction notice, the park was merely "cleaned and restored for its intended use." If this is the case, why were so few people permitted to view it?

So what was the rationale behind Bloomberg's crackdown on a free media? It was to "protect" them ... apparently from freely exercising their First Amendment rights.

But why worry about the Constitution when you're busy ignoring a court order?

At 6:30AM this morning, following a midnight police raid evicting protesters from Zuccotti Park, Justice Lucy Billings issued an order requiring the protesters to be readmitted to Zuccotti Park with their tents. ThinkProgress just spoke to one of the plantiff's attorney's, Gideon Orion Oliver, who confirmed that the order was served on Mayor Bloomberg and the other defendants via fax at 7:50AM. During his 8AM press conference, Mayor Bloomberg seemed to acknowledge he was familar with the temporary restraining order, but claimed that he had not been served and was keeping the park closed. As of this writing, Zuccotti Park remains closed to protesters in direct contradiction of Justice Billing's order.

God bless Michael Bloomberg's version of America.

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+97 # gentle 2011-11-15 14:24
Ya, and Mayer Bloomberg was sent by God, thus trumping everything. I believe Nazi history and the rise of Third Reich are being played out in 2011 America, right before our eyes. All we can do is watch now.
 
 
+43 # Carolyn 2011-11-15 15:34
This is what is happening. I was a young teen-ager when Hitler came into power. My life was changed by that even as a kid. WE had the newspaper and the radio.
 
 
+3 # giraffee2012 2011-11-17 15:37
Quoting Carolyn:
This is what is happening. I was a young teen-ager when Hitler came into power. My life was changed by that even as a kid. WE had the newspaper and the radio.

Carolyn - I am sorry you lived through Nazi reign as did my mother.

The police hired by Bloomberg are "private" contracts - (reminder of brown shirts?)

The problem is CONGRESS and the SUPREME COURT - for they allow the banks to do dirty.

To make the 1% suffer, look at who makes the products you buy. Brawny paper towels are made by Koch own industries (example)

Write you congress people and make sure you will not vote for them if they don't enforce "oversight" (that is not de-regulation or regulation) on the banks and to be sure to let the Bush Tax cuts expire in 12/2011 (part of the bill to cut taxes).

NEVER VOTE REPUBLICAN. Help all get registered to vote in a Dem district such as almost all poor and minority districts, students, old folks. GET mail-in ballots.

Tell your congressman to "include revenue and cuts" or they don't get your vote.

Read their "oath of office to them" - It's about 6 sentences and tell them THAT OATH Trumps any agreement they have made with "guber" Norquist!
 
 
+32 # Magginkat 2011-11-15 16:44
Quoting gentle:
Ya, and Mayer Bloomberg was sent by God, thus trumping everything. I believe Nazi history and the rise of Third Reich are being played out in 2011 America, right before our eyes. All we can do is watch now.


Apparently we can't even watch with the media barred from the site.
 
 
+65 # John Locke 2011-11-15 16:50
Wrong, now is the time to show resolve, that we are not backing down Gandhi never backed down and he won, we are winning... they just need to develop another strategy, this was a tactic based on fear...this sweep across America will galvanize more prople to get involved, the next step must be sit homes no spending money bring down the Blue Chips by refusing to but anything they produce...and plan a work stoppage, then the ballot box...we are the 99% the 1% can not survive without us
 
 
+23 # KittatinyHawk 2011-11-15 19:41
They said all day they are not backing down they will be doing shifts but they are keeping the park, they have decisions and made another one to keep peace, remember Peace.
They are not going to let Bloomberg the Republican get in the way of Change.
 
 
+7 # CL38 2011-11-16 23:53
NOT buying products from the 1% is important.
 
 
+34 # in deo veritas 2011-11-15 16:52
Had he been around at the time I think Bloombug would have turned on his own people and collaborated with the Nazis, just like Soros admitted to doing on the Larry King show some time back.Unlike so many in government, he doesn't work for the enemy-he is one of them. Another example of the folly of letting people buy their way into elected office.
 
 
+16 # stannadel 2011-11-16 04:32
This is a right wing slander against Soros, he never collaborated with the Nazis.
 
 
+8 # RicKelis 2011-11-16 15:41
Yes, it's another instance of misinformation by lying liars
Coulter/Hannity /Fox News. Google "Soros Nazi" to get the real details.
 
 
+9 # RLF 2011-11-16 05:40
Blumberg is a billionaire...w hat else would the protestors expect from the 1%.
 
 
+47 # in deo veritas 2011-11-15 16:56
BOYCOTT NYC. There are better places to visit instead of the police state. Is there anyplace else with a sales tax as high? Since the people on Wall Street and their minions have no hearts or souls hit them where it will be felt-in their profits.
 
 
+44 # in deo veritas 2011-11-15 17:04
If NYC is concerned about public health, why are public restrooms so scarce? All businesses should be required to provide them as well.
 
 
+7 # KittatinyHawk 2011-11-15 19:39
We can change it just like we did before...grow up
 
 
+6 # RLF 2011-11-16 05:51
Time to start calling the police PIGS again.
 
 
+3 # RicKelis 2011-11-16 15:21
The protesters should take pictures of the police involved and post them on line. Some knowledgeable computer geeks could probably get the actual names and post them---everywhe re. Perhaps we can shame them enough to stop the brutality. And then there's all the civil rights violations that could get lots of them put on unpaid leave -- or jailed. Put into general population with the guys they helped put away..maybe they'll discover the blessings of true love in the pen;-)
 
 
+83 # pernsey 2011-11-15 14:41
They are so worried about citizens breaking the law, that he pays no mind to his own negligence...so typical!
 
 
+53 # Reductio Ad Absurdum 2011-11-15 16:22
You are so correct about Bloomberg's idiotic contradiction — he asserts he can only maintain law and order by breaking the law and disrupting the order.
 
 
+105 # fredboy 2011-11-15 14:55
When I was an investigative journalist we would have kicked his honor's ass and his administration' s ass to kingdom come for this. Now the media is but a grub worm--it curls up into a defensive knot when approached. Slinky dinky.
 
 
+50 # lorenbliss 2011-11-15 16:07
Indeed! Exactly as happened after the 1967 police riot in Tompkins Square Park, the 1968 Columbia police riot and the 1969 Stonewall police riot. (The latter got Page One coverage -- and thus lit the fuse of Gay Liberation -- because the atrocities occurred a few doors down Christopher Street from the now-legendary Lion's Head, then the favorite water-hole of the New York press corps.)

But today's Ruling Class media -- and I speak from a half-century's experience as a both a photographer and a reporter with a history that includes a half-dozen major investigative coups -- is infinitely worse than a grubworm: it's a club for Josef Goebbels wannabes.
 
 
+11 # KittatinyHawk 2011-11-15 19:44
Why not do investigative reporting and get paid for the stories. There are a lot of stories, more people hear, the more stand up with us.
Use yur talent
 
 
+47 # DPM 2011-11-15 15:15
Funny he didn't raid Wall Street when it camped out and crapped on the world economy, isn't it? Being a man of law and order and all.
Two things need to happen, right now. This needs to be broadcast to the world, especially to our troops overseas. Next, we need to Occupy the courts with law suit after law suit! Thanks, Mayor. You may end up being our biggest ally!
 
 
+31 # JoanWile2 2011-11-15 15:17
IT HAD TO HAPPEN/WHILE THEY WERE NAPPIN/THE BOOTS HIT THE GROUND/CIVIL RIGHTS WERE UNBOUND/PEPPER SPRAYED/JUSTICE MISLAID/MAYOR AFRAID/HIS WEALTH UNMADE

(from JOan Wile's Daily Doggerels on Twitter/Faceboo k Nov. 15, 2011)
 
 
+46 # DaveM 2011-11-15 15:19
Since when does the police department have jurisdiction over airspace? That would be a matter for the FAA or, in the case of airspace designation as a military operations area, the branch of the military involved. A helicopter operating lawfully is not subject to the jurisdiction of police or city officials.

What did they plan to do if the helicopters had not left? Shoot them down?
 
 
+24 # fredboy 2011-11-15 15:34
Have to take issue with the last line of the story: I think God, Karma, or whatever force of natural justice is out there must see such viciousness as repugnant. And actionable.
 
 
+35 # shortonfaith 2011-11-15 15:43
Protest are OK in Egypt & other radical countries but not in the "free" United States. Pres. Obama & our political leaders are first to take out governmental systems holding back free speech in oil countries but not in America. In America Starbucks is more important than the free voice of the people. Whatever happens, don't stop the flow of trinkets, clothes & coffee for free speech & the homeless.
 
 
+13 # geraldom 2011-11-15 22:29
Quoting shortonfaith:
Protest are OK in Egypt & other radical countries but not in the "free" United States. Pres. Obama & our political leaders are first to take out governmental systems holding back free speech in oil countries but not in America. In America Starbucks is more important than the free voice of the people. Whatever happens, don't stop the flow of trinkets, clothes & coffee for free speech & the homeless.


It's called hypocrisy. When politicians like Obama support peaceful protests in other countries but does nothing about protecting peaceful protesters in his own, it's strictly to make brownie points and nothing more.

The federal government in this country has the responsibility of protecting the civil rights of American citizens as they did during the civil rights movement back in the late 1960s in the southern states. The Obama administration has done nothing to protect the civil rights or the civil liberties of these peaceful protesters.
 
 
+48 # angelfish 2011-11-15 15:47
I find it so strange that Bloomberg, a Jew, would resort to Nazi-esque tactics to clear the Park. The Mayor may find himself out of a job come next Election Day. In the meantime, the People, UNITED, will NEVER be defeated! Justice is coming on that very same Election Day!
 
 
+24 # jon 2011-11-15 19:09
"I find it so strange that Bloomberg, a Jew, would resort to Nazi-esque tactics to clear the Park"

It is ironic, isn't it, that a Jew would be a Nazi.

He certainly has made his spot in history, somewhat similar to Quisling's
 
 
+6 # RLF 2011-11-16 05:42
He may be a jew but he is also a rich bastard that made his money on Wall St.
 
 
+9 # geraldom 2011-11-16 09:54
Quoting angelfish:
I find it so strange that Bloomberg, a Jew, would resort to Nazi-esque tactics to clear the Park. The Mayor may find himself out of a job come next Election Day. In the meantime, the People, UNITED, will NEVER be defeated! Justice is coming on that very same Election Day!


I happen to be a Jew and I condemn Michael Bloomberg for what he has done and what he continues to do. Instead of whining, I wish that the 99 percenters of New York City would take some action against Mayor Bloomberg by at least attempting to recall the SOB from office and actually voting a true progressive into office as Mayor of NYC.

I also condemn what Israel is doing to the Palestinians, slowly but surely and incrementally stealing their land from them under the guise of phony peace talks with Obama's and Hillary Clinton's full knowledge and approval. I wish to God that Obama could be replaced by someone who was truly honest and sincere to run for president in November of 2012, someone like Alan Grayson of Florida or Cynthia McKinney, someone with enough huevos to tell the Republicans where to stick it, a no-compromiser.

Nothing (or very little) will change if Obama is reelected. The only critical difference between Obama and a Republican president will be the federal court system and the possible makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court.
 
 
+3 # CL38 2011-11-17 00:00
Recalling Bloomberg is a powerful response to what he's doing. Let him go out in shame.
 
 
+18 # Dbratton 2011-11-15 15:58
"Farewell to the gangster / we don't need him anymore / we've got the police force / They're the ones who break the law" -- Phil Ochs. And what would have happened to Ochs today had he penned, "And in the end / even treason might be worth a try / This country is too young to die"?
 
 
+34 # Maverick 2011-11-15 16:13
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Since when does a city MAYOR have the authority to suspend the first amendment? What self-respecting journalist would give a freakin' FLIP what a mayor says in ANY event? If I were a journalist and I failed to perform my job based on something this blow-hard said, I would regret having to live the rest of my life with my head drooped down in shame. How do we defend our level of submission to these charlatans?
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I wonder if this whole Occupy thing wasn't doomed from the beginning? What -- in the history of civilization -- has peaceful protest EVER accomplished? Even Ghandi had allies who were eager to use violence. Those in power never surrender to recommendations . They only "give up" what is taken from them.
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sail4free
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+16 # KittatinyHawk 2011-11-15 19:51
Peace will be the only answer...and we will continue to prove it. One by one the bad will be weeded out of these Protests.

They gave up a physical site for now not their ideals.

Naysayers, you like many have consistently believed or perhaps want this to fail since you do not attend...
 
 
+40 # WarrenM 2011-11-15 16:25
Wake up America! These goons weren't called pigs for nothing in the 60s. You have free speech until they hear you speaking something that is too close to the truth. Bloomberg is just another right wing a$$hole protecting the power elite. Next, if the blue goon squad can't quell the protest, they will call in our 'heroes' returning from Iraq.
 
 
+36 # wwway 2011-11-15 16:29
It's likely Bloomberg was really acting in tandem with the corporate owned media. Democracy Now! covered it live.
 
 
+6 # RLF 2011-11-16 05:43
NY Times scooped by Democracy Now! I love it!
 
 
+46 # Toby Touby 2011-11-15 16:37
Every victim of this assault, press included, should individually charge Mayor Bloomberg with assault. When you are rebuffed, collect documentation, including videos and recordings, and ban together to file class actions, leading to referendums for his impeachment or conviction. The Mayor of New York City may be very rich, and an ARISTOCRAT, but he is not above the law.
 
 
+16 # jimking 2011-11-15 18:09
Quoting Toby Touby:
Every victim of this assault, press included, should individually charge Mayor Bloomberg with assault. When you are rebuffed, collect documentation, including videos and recordings, and ban together to file class actions, leading to referendums for his impeachment or conviction. The Mayor of New York City may be very rich, and an ARISTOCRAT, but he is not above the law.

The Far North Country Speaks out -- I love it - you go Toby!
 
 
+42 # moby doug 2011-11-15 16:46
Billionaire Bloomberg strips off the "moderate" p.r. mask to show the brutal capitalist beneath. He will always defend the loot and crimes of his Billionaire Boys Club, and if he has to smash and suppress the other 99% to do it, so be it. Elected official or corporate-fasci st autocrat? You decide.
 
 
+42 # LessSaid 2011-11-15 16:49
Recall Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He needs to go!
 
 
+37 # Magginkat 2011-11-15 16:51
Our good for nothing Congress needs to get off it's backside and do something about this insanity. At a time when cities are grasping for money for everyday expenses, here are cities spending millions on the extra police forces and their overtime.....no t to mention the brutality of some of the policemen.
 
 
+16 # disgusted American 2011-11-15 20:00
Our good-for-nothin g congress is not interested in what the 99 percent want and any of our so-called reps of the American people who say they support the OWS movement are just trying to rally the base and obtain votes.

These monsters are part of the violence perpetrated on the 99 percent which is why the 99 percent is in the streets.

What part of this did you miss?
 
 
+5 # RLF 2011-11-16 05:46
Washington is doing just fine, thank you very much! The are more important things than the economy...there is a election coming up. The surprise may be when they get enough people out of work and out of their home...OWS will grow exponentially.
 
 
+39 # jwb110 2011-11-15 16:52
Bloomberg is going down in history as just another Fascist or Nazi.
America is watching and the World is watching.
 
 
+36 # jwb110 2011-11-15 16:54
This is Bloomberg's Krystalnacht or Night of the Long Knives. The World is watching.
 
 
+43 # walt 2011-11-15 16:58
Bloomberg is a BILLIONAIRE! Does that say anything?
He seems to feel above the US Constitution and needs a wake-up call, perhaps in the form of a legal suit.
His cops are behaving like the thugs they are and he should be held accountable.
And never forget that he is a media man too.
Recall Bloomberg! Why not?
 
 
+40 # mrbadexample 2011-11-15 16:59
Bloomberg IS the media--he already owns one of the most valuable media properties in the country, and he's making sounds about buying the NY Times. He has bullied everyone else into not covering stories that show his dark side (the Eminent Domain ripoffs in Brooklyn and Queens to benefit his friends and Wall Street Bankers). And now he's failing at THAT as well. Bloomberg has made HIMSELF the story with this action.
 
 
+25 # pernsey 2011-11-15 17:07
Of course they wont let the media cover this, the corporate masters say no media and magically the press isnt allowed to go and cover OWS.

They want us to follow the laws they themselves arent willing to follow. Its called freedom of speech and the press, a little thing called the constitution!
 
 
+40 # jimking 2011-11-15 17:14
In April 1933 the book burning started in Germany. From that date it was down an extremely slippery slope for many years.
Herr Bloomberg lit the match of insane intolerance last night with the wanton destruction of the Peoples' Library. I was reminded of Fahrenheit 451. I hope there are no Mechanical Hound in Bloomberg's stable.
 
 
+26 # Bruce Gruber 2011-11-15 17:23
But Bloomberg DID patronizingly and gratuitously suggest OWS has the right to 'free' speech even if he and his 1% kind have no intention of listening and no capacity to understand
 
 
+7 # aitengri 2011-11-15 18:07
Everyone is focussed on Bloomberg and the constitutional issues. Of course, these are primary. But a subtext of very great significance is the police institution itself, its links to our military, and its pugnacious subculture that relishes these opportunities to bash people. I would say, a subPLOT for this would be some good vindictive and violent counteractions to help depopulate the thug constituency of that subculture.
 
 
+26 # geraldom 2011-11-15 18:08
Just what I expected, a New York State judge has overrode the order of Lucy Billings and has ruled against the protesters and for Michael Bloomberg. I refer you to the following article:

http://news.yahoo.com/judge-rules-against-occupy-wall-street-encampment-215554380.html

What I don't understand is this. This article explains that Judge Michael Stallman is also a member of the NY State Supreme Court as Judge Lucy Billings is. How can he override her ruling? The only way her ruling could be overrode would be by a judge at a higher level, and anything higher than the NY State Supreme Court would have to involve a federal court judge. The only other way would be if a majority of the NY State Supreme Court voted against her, and that hasn't happened.
 
 
+10 # jon 2011-11-15 19:14
Thank-you, Harold for keeping us informed on the legal twists and turns of this travesty.
 
 
+2 # stannadel 2011-11-16 04:37
The NYS Supreme court is a low level court and is under the NYS Court of Appeals
 
 
0 # CL38 2011-11-17 00:06
Excellent questions.
 
 
+27 # in deo veritas 2011-11-15 18:08
AGAIN! BOYCOTT NYC! Vacation somewhere other than the police state. Save your money on purchases with what must be the highest sales tax in the country. These fascists have no hearts or souls but they can feel in the pocketbook. Give it a good kick!
 
 
+16 # Okieangels 2011-11-15 18:11
This comes as no big surprise. It was however, livestreamed on the internet for awhile last night. Not sure how much of the footage has been archived on the net, but there should be some.
 
 
+18 # stew 2011-11-15 18:19
A while ago, Blankfein, the CEO of Goldman and Sachs, announced to the world that he is doing God's work. Apparently, Bloomberg wants to insure that God;s (or is it the devil's) will continue without a bunch of 99%-ers interrupting their prayers.
 
 
+10 # KittatinyHawk 2011-11-15 19:59
They have no heart nos soul so their prayers are bouncing off ears that will not listen... Nazi...all of them are so low one can only hope we oust them from their employment
 
 
+18 # Electricrailwaygod 2011-11-15 18:28
WILLKOMMEN IN AMERIKA! this has been my saying about this country ever since Reagan had commandeered it in 1981! This Neo-Nazi fascist movement under many guises such as the so-called "New World Order" et al, has taken over this country for the past three decades!

Hitler's "Dritte Reich" had lasted only a 12 year period, this one has superceeded it by at least 2.5 times (30 years)! I have warned before that Amerika was headed in a fascist direction, and indeed LOOK WHAT IS HAPPENING! It's F****ng HAPPENING! Shameful!

There is really nothing here left! The corporate fascist Nazis have already taken it over! It's doomed (I am sorry to have to say)! (It's time at least for me to go back home to Switzerland, a land of CIVILITY and SANITY! (Also the oldest democracy in Europe -- 1291).
 
 
+27 # sandyboy 2011-11-15 18:32
And he said he had to clear the park cos the law saying it should be open to all was being broken by the protesters. Are the protesters not members of the public too? Did they refuse to let people enter? No. Okay, it may be crowded, but if you're lawfully sitting on a park bench nobody has the right to move you and say "I want that space" - Bloomberg's rationale for the clearance was disingenuous and flawed in law and logic. To suppress, violently, press coverage is an outrage. Obama, where are you?
 
 
+9 # KittatinyHawk 2011-11-15 20:01
Time the protestors and their lawyers do the next thing find Public Land and Squat. Do their Vigils at Wall sttreet, they have the right to march down Wall Street, they must do it Peacefully, keeping moving.
First they must clean out the snitches...
 
 
+9 # Doubter 2011-11-15 21:20
It is wishful thinking to expect our "controllers" to meekly relinquish their power.
Though I was called "alarmist," I still think one has to be prepared for a "Tienanmen Square" reaction. (prepare for the worst)
In fact, it would be careless and lax - also fatal (tactically) - for OWS to let its guard down; be diverted or put to sleep, to become careless about accepting agents provocateur and to forget to be on the alert for snares and traps. (Brooklyn Bridge,Oakland etc. anyone?
The "controllers" will use ANY means to retain their positions. They will smooth talk and beat you at the same time. If you don't fall for their con the Pinkertons will 'take care'of you.
I have no advice on how to handle violence except for admonishing OWS to BE PREPARED!
 
 
+7 # jcdav 2011-11-16 08:30
Did i read that the park was cleared by a combination of police and PRIVATE SECURITY GUARDS? Was Blackwater in N.O. with automatic weapons (and answerable to???) during Katrina? WTF? So, who paid for the Private Guards (or Blackwater for that matter?) ALL the lines are being blurred..try to keep your powder dry & vision clear.
 
 
+3 # Michael_K 2011-11-15 21:24
The thing about Benito Mussolini was that, doubtlessly in awareness of the need for comic relief in the face of his relentlessly evil and deeply stupid discourse, he did provide a wealth of ridiculous grimacing and extravagant gesticulation.. . mini-Mayor Bloomberg isn't quite so considerate of his listeners.
 
 
+7 # RLF 2011-11-16 05:48
There is another park just a couple blocks away...RIGHT IN FRONT OF CITY HALL!!!
 
 
+4 # boudreaux 2011-11-16 09:12
I'm sure that the Koch Bros said shut it down and they did...
 
 
+1 # epgberlin 2011-11-16 12:00
Sorry gentle and Carolyn and others: I am a supporter of OWS but if this were Nazi Germany the protestors would be dead in the streets and those who were arrested would have their heads beaten in in jail and be put away...if they survived...for years. It doesn't serve any good purpose to use such exaggeration.
That said. all power to OWS...and I'm sad I'm not in NY.
 
 
+4 # Doubter 2011-11-16 21:00
What (exaggeration) are you talking about? In the first place there HAVE been casualties; in the second - you want to wait till repression is total and you CAN'T complain? Some support!
Fortunately we haven't reached the stage of extreme dictatorship - yet - and we had better resist loudly and clearly while we still can. (actually, it is probably too late already)
 
 
+10 # thoreauvianflake@yahoo.com 2011-11-16 12:21
Truly i believe the Occupy movement is the best sign of hope for change this country has seen for many years.I hope the momentum keeps up for the sake of future generations.Bre aking up the Occupy camp in Zuccotti Park is a sign that the powers that be are starting to feel threatened by their growing strength.Taking out that camp in NYC is symbolic of cutting the head off of the beast so that maybe other occupiers will be intimidated to give up. The momentum is too strong.Please occupiers...don t give up.As one poster said more people will join the longer the movement exist.This is most likely what the powers that be are afraid of,is why they raided Zuccotti Park.
 
 
+1 # Buddha 2011-11-17 11:16
The first thing a corrupt Authoritarian regime does, control all methods of communication. Anybody really believe the 1st Amendment really exists anymore, is worth the paper it is printed on?
 
 
+1 # panamericans 2011-11-17 13:38
A sanitary problem? Is this all the OWS is? In Nazi Germany the Jews were viewed as a 'sanitary' problem too. Someone should remind this Mayor by the name of Bloomberg.
 
 
0 # Tee 2011-11-18 17:42
The very fact of a billionaire mayor in power speaks to the violence, injustice, and abuse this jewish zionist Mayor has somehow gotten us used to. He is like a child molester first touching us inappropriately in his first term in office. Then in his second term in office he used our innocence to get us alone him.. Then in his last term he fully rapes us as he spends record numbers of his money to remain in office and change the term limit laws. Now when we resist he used his attack dog of policemen to brutilize us.

Our lives will be continually destroyed as long as we have these serial psychopathic greedy political control freaks like Bloomberg, most of Congress, and wantebe millionaire presidents. We need to go to www.getthemoneyout.com to begin taking back our lives and government from these sicko's.
 

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