Yesterday morning, when I learned that Zuccotti Park had been cleared overnight by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg — who justified his action in a statement that cited health and safety concerns — the first thing I did was call my lawyer. I wanted to go and show my support for the protesters’ First Amendment right “to assemble and petition government for redress of grievances” — a right that a 1925 Supreme Court decision confirmed superseded municipalities’ laws that sought to restrict its exercise. But my partner and I had already been arrested on Oct. 19 for standing peacefully on Hudson Street after informing protesters outside an event I was attending of their right to assemble. The wonderful National Lawyers Guild advised us that we would probably be O.K. — the New York police department would have to alert us before a second arrest.
Occupy / (un) Occupy Albuquerque protesters put on a wake Saturday in honor of the death of our First Amendment rights to Free Speech and Peaceful Assembly after the UNM denied renewal of their permit, and Administration banned the group from protesting on the campus – else face arrest.
UNM will open the park from 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM, Monday through Friday, and 11:00 AM to 3 PM Saturday and Sunday.
After President Schmidly, UNM, declared they would not renew the permit that has allowed Coyote Camp to function, several of the protesters formed a circle and stood their ground. There were too many Albuquerque Police, State Police and SWAT team members that arrived to count. Fully armed on unarmed, peaceful protesters. The circle was peacefully arrested, but later in the night, the police used their “strong arm” to break up the 99% crowd which refused to leave.
Here is some footage from last night. The first video is the circle singing before the arrival of the police. The second video is the group chanting “Down with Schmidly.” Then the next two are the police and SWAT team which arrived and pushed the crowd back into the street. Next, originally uploaded by WallStreetZombies, looks to appear to be the police pepper spraying the crowd in the street. Last video, by MichaelFilmaker, shows the arrests of those in the circle.
Update: Wednesday afternoon, October 26th, 2011: Occupy Albuquerque has been told today by UNM that we are NOT allowed to protest on the UNM campus else face arrest. Not even during normal hours of 7 AM to 10 PM.
The paper reports that, on Friday, nearly 100 Occupy-protesters were arrested while 20 suffered minor injuries. A police officer and a protester were taken to the emergency room. Eight police cars were damaged during the protest, police told the newspaper.
Here are a series of posts on both the Occupy Boston Facebook page and Twitter feed, as well as a few videos. Times are approximate as both post the timeline as, for example, “2 hours ago”. Photos below.
9 PM: Police are trying to shut down Occupy Boston tonight at 11:30. Folks are asking for support ASAP, please get down there.
9 PM: Boston Police are still demanding that Occupy Boston returns to the original camp site. We need people here – we need to hold our new camp. Please join us! More…
Here are some dramatic photos taken from October 1, 2011… the day that Occupy Wall Street protested on the Brooklyn Bridge and 700+ people were arrested.