Second Occupy Movement News Update of the Day: 24 Occupy Wall Street demonstrators were locked inside the La Guardia Place Citibank branch and arrested for criminal trespassing. They were attempting to close their bank account at the time.
Footage captured at the scene shows a woman being arrested by a plainclothes cop while shouting “I’m a customer, I’m a customer.”
Ryan, who has made a mission out of discrediting the movement, has been monitoring the online activities of Occupy Wall Street organizers since the protest began. Yesterday, Ryan posted to Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government the OWS mailing list, which features thousands of email addresses belonging to OWS demonstrators.
Elsewhere, News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch was interrupted several times during his speech at the National Summit on Education Reform by Occupy Sesame Street protesters.
“Corporations own all the media in the world; why should they not own all the education as well?,” quipped activist Joe Hill, who was dressed as Sesame Street’s Count. (In Taiwan, Occupy Taipei protesters flashed signs that featured familiar Angry Birds characters.)
The NYPD set up barricades to control the crowds; police in riot gear made an appearance, as did mounted cops and the counter-terrorism unit. According to an eye-witness, police officers have formed a human chain stretching for hundreds of feet.
The latest reports from the scene suggest the police are preparing to start arresting any protester who refuses to clear out. Occupy Wall Street’s official site says the arrests have begun. NY Scanner appears to confirm this.
Watch the Take Times Square standoff unfold live below:
#OWS #OCT15 CITI BANK ARRESTS
Citi bank customers LOCKED inside and then ARRESTED for trying to clost their accounts
Karl Denninger was one of the founders of the Tea Party back just a few years ago when some concerned conservatives wanted to fire back at the government for what they said was unjust practices.
Occupy Movement News Update of the Day: Demonstrator Felix Rivera-Pitre, who was involved in a serious altercation with an NYPD officer, spoke out in the aftermath of the incident to insist that he did nothing to provoke Deputy Inspector Johnny Cardona’s right hook.
“The cop just lunged at me full throttle and hit me on the left side of my face,” Rivera-Pitre, a former dancer from Queens, told Gothamist. “It tore my earring out.” NYPD spokesman Paul Browne disputes this claim, saying Rivera-Pitre provoked the attack by attempting to assault Cardona.
The police are seeking to arrest Rivera-Pitre on several charges, but his attorney Ronald Kuby warned against pursuing that line of action.
“On the off chance they were intending to arrest him for injuring the captain’s fist with his jaw, I strongly suggest that you decide not to add insult to injury and avoid such a retaliatory move,” Kuby wrote in a letter to the NYPD.
Rivera-Pitre said he chose the identify himself after leaving the scene because his injury caused blood to be spilled, and he is HIV-positive. “That cop should get tested,” he was quoted as saying.
Video of the incident follows:
In addition to the above video, a second angle shows Rivera-Pitre walking away before being turned around by Cardona and struck in the face.
Elsewhere, some 82 countries held solidarity protests, some of which were far more restive than their American counterpart.
Protesters in London were visited by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who was placed under house arrest nearly a year ago. Assange rallied the attendees with a short speech before being escorted away by the police.
In Rome, a peaceful protest turned violent, with masked demonstrators setting cars on fire and damaging buildings. Police attempted to disperse the crowd with tear gas and water cannons, but rioters pushed back with rocks and fireworks. Dozens were injured on both sides, and Italian Prime Minster Silvio Berlusconi called for the identification and punishment of those involved.
Back in New York, demonstrators marched on Chase and Citibank, with some withdrawing their money in protest. “A bank that got billions in bailouts and cut jobs doesn’t need my savings,” Brooklynite Biola Jeje told the Daily News.
According to reports, at least 20 people were arrested near the Citibank on La Guardia Place. A similar standoff outside the Chase Bank branch at Astor Place ended without any arrests.
Occupy Dallas Can Continue Downtown Protest
Under a deal reached Friday with city leaders, Occupy Dallas can continue its Wall Street protest at downtown’s Pioneer Park, until Sunday. After the weekend the group will have to move to an area behind Dallas City Hall.
thewhimsyofthings asked: i'm glad this tumblr exists!! do you know of other occupation-tumblrs?? and i'm very curious, how many followers do you have? the number shall only keep growing!! :D namaste and keep up the good work!
I don’t know of any other occupation specific tumblrs, but there are a lot of people liking and re-blogging these posts. We are up to about 30 followers now and it definitely does seem to keep growing. The longer our government refuses to listen to the people, the greater the following will become.
Despite nonstop GOP and conservative disparagement of the Wall Street protests, the most detailed polling yet on Occupy Wall Street suggests that the public holds a broadly favorable view of the movement — and, crucially, the positions it holds.