Below is a video of news coverage out of Egypt on the protests on Wall Street. The coverage is in Arabic, but I am posting because at 5:44 minutes into it, there is footage of the police on a bullhorn ordering the protesters to leave otherwise they will be arrested. Does it not say in our First Amendment:
“Amendment I: Congress shall make no law … abridging … the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Now, I now the police force will argue that they are “obstructing justice”, as they blast in their bullhorn in this coverage, but common sense prevails here… How can you not have a protest or demonstration without having a mass of people?
Here is some more coverage on the Day of Rage – by Russia Today. I mean seriously… did you really expect the US mainstream media to cover this? They would be biting the hand that feeds them…
(Saturday, September 17, 2011) Occupy Wall Street, a protest arranged by the group Anonymous, is going on despite the major news media not covering it. In fact, they are stating that the “police thwarted” the protest. Check out the pictures and videos below. Looks like otherwise to me.
Building on the momentum of the Arab Spring movements, protesters in the US are gathering in New York City’s financial district in a bid to show mass resistance against the dominance of the country’s financial system.
What started as an online campaign has translated into action on the ground, with protest organisers calling for thousands of people to “occupy Wall Street” on Saturday.
“On the 17th of September, we want to see 20,000 people flood into lower Manhattan, set up beds, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months,” organisers wrote on the http://www.occupywallst.org website.
“Like our brothers and sisters in Egypt, Greece, Spain, and Iceland, we plan to use the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic of mass occupation to restore democracy in America. We also encourage the use of nonviolence to achieve our ends and maximize the safety of all participants.”
The leaderless movement includes hacktivist group Anonymous among the protesters. The group released a video online calling on people to take to the streets on September 17.
Similar to the structure of the hacktivist group itself there is no defined central authority, but Twitter accounts like @AnonOps are hubs of information for those attending the protests in person and virtually.
According to AFP:
NEW YORK — Hundreds of people marched near Wall Street in New York in a failed attempt to occupy the heart of global finance to protest greed, corruption and budget cuts.
Posted on a FOX site (ugh):
By Saturday morning, the New York City Police Department had taken action to prevent protesters from wreaking havoc by blocking off sections of Wall Street, including the famous bull statue where demonstrators had planned to rally, CNN said.
On PolitcusUSA site:
CNN decided that the Tea Party was a worthy news partner, but covering a protest that is happening right under their very noses in New York City is not important to the American people. (In fact as I type this, CNN is running another self-congratulatory segment on their Tea Party Express debate/total sellout to the right). No one expects the pro-business corporate propaganda/GOP propaganda mouthpiece Fox News to devote any coverage to the occupation of Wall Street, but the supposed progressive news network, MSNBC can’t “lean forward” long enough to turn off their true crime doc block to cover an event that is happening minutes away from their studios.
Oh, puuhhllleaasse… Tea Party Express Debate. Hey, if the major news media and networks do not want to cover this story, us bloggers are happy to take the internet traffic. Keep it coming!