THE OCCUPIERS FIGHT BACK ~~ PHOTOS FROM THE SCENE

HELL NO, WE WON’T GO!
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I saw a young man who I knew was one of the people who had participated in the Freedom Flotilla to break the blockade imposed by Israel on Gaza and asked him what he thought would happen next.  He replied that it would be like the flotillas, we will try again and again until we succeed.
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Chippy Dee was there and sent the following …
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One of the groups of evicted Zuccotti folks were at Canal St. & 6th Ave. this morning.  There were about 300-400 people there, a few still wearing pajamas, occupiers and allies, trying to get into a fenced area while many police looked on and arrested anyone that managed to climb into it  including a woman in a wheelchair.  By then the streets were passable, the Brooklyn Bridge was open again, the subways were stopping in the Zuccotti area, Broadway had reopened, and the helicopters were no longer circling the skies.  Everyone decided to go back to Zuccotti Park.   

The crowd marched  along Canal St.  Cars and trucks beeped their horns in approval and gave them thumbs up.  Once they reached Broadway they spread out into the street.  They chanted, “Whose streets, our streets”, “This is a peaceful demonstration” and “We are the 99% and so are you” as they pointed to on-lookers.

The police didn’t object and held up traffic for them.  However, as they reached City Hall there was a line of police on motorcycles which forced them onto the sidewalk.  Some police went to vans to take out their riot gear and put it on.  There was no visible reason for this.  The occupiers were walking on the sidewalk .  Many were carrying copies of the judge’s order that was issued early this morning banning the police from doing exactly what they had done.  As we walked one person sadly told me how their beautiful library containing 10,000 books, all arranged by subject and donated by friends of the occupation, had been trashed and dumped into garbage compactors. Needless destruction. One person compared it to “Crystalnacht” in Germany just before WWII.  Another commented that the police acted with military precision and she asked if they were now the subject of the War on Terror. 

When we got to Zuccotti the park was empty.  What hours before was teeming with vitality and hope was now devoid of any sign of humanity.  A sad sight. Occupiers, friends, and allies were not allowed in and, in fact, could barely get near it.  It was ringed by layer after layer of police.  The area was very crowded and many found themselves eyeball-to-eyeball with the police.  Some told the police they should be ashamed of themselves. The city had gone to court to appeal the injunction – a decision would be reached by 4 o’clock. Lively discussions were going on.  Everyone said their work would go on but this may have been the ‘end of the beginning’ of the process.  I saw a young man who I knew was one of the people who had participated in the Freedom Flotilla to break the blockade imposed by Israel on Gaza and asked him what he thought would happen next.  He replied that it would be like the flotillas, we will try again and again until we succeed.

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Photos © by Bud Korotzer

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Enjoy the sounds of the past …. and the present!

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2 Comments

  1. November 16, 2011 at 21:15

    […] THE OCCUPIERS FIGHT BACK ~~ PHOTOS FROM THE SCENE […]

  2. November 18, 2011 at 21:30

    tremendous protest. You shall free us all, a first step to global direct democracy.


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