Many occupiers are concerned that the protest is becoming more about the clashes with the Mayor and the police than the divide between the 99 and 1%. But that misses the crucial point that the extreme violence of the federally orchestrated response is indicative of the iron grip the corporations hold on our government, media, and military. Here's my movie from that first incident where I slipped out of the kettling just in time to avoid the spray (in case anyone missed it) an episode which terrified me so much that my heart was pounding for hours afterwards. I'm so angry by the outrageous attacks on everyone from college students to octogenarians this past week though, I'm going back this afternoon again, to join the OWS drum circle outside of Bloomberg's mansion on the Upper East Side. Here's a handy link to all the occupy livefeeds, for folks watching from home! Dr. Ostertag's article follows.
Militarization of Campus Police by Bob Ostertag
The group was informed in writing... that if they did not dismantle the encampment, it would have to be removed... However a number of protestors refused our warning, offering us no option but to ask the police to assist in their removal.
This is what the police at Davis, a public university, looked like yesterday:
If you look at the video you are going to see that there were 200 people in that quad. Hindsight is 20-20 and based on the situation we were sitting in, ultimately that was the decision that was made.
It is unfortunate that some protesters chose to obstruct the police by linking arms and forming a human chain to prevent the police from gaining access to the tents. This is not non-violent civil disobedience... the police were forced to use their batons.