Recently reported by CLUTCH, the leaderless crusade to end corporate corruption in the US is taking a violent turn. Sources describe a scenario where law enforcement is becoming increasingly brutal as the Occupy Wall Street protest continues on its 9th day.
Footage from the OWS blog shows police using tasers and mace to control the crowd. The coalition has stated that use of such force has only reaffirmed their commitment to ‘keep on keepin’ on’. The activist site even contains a video of young women being penned in by orange net barricades, and being maced. There are also clips of police throwing a seemingly non-threatening protester to the ground for no apparent reason, and general excessive use of force on various peaceful demonstrators.
ABC News reports that the NYPD confirmed the arrests of about 80 people on Saturday, primarily for disorderly conduct, obstructing vehicular and pedestrian traffic, and one for allegedly assaulting a cop.
Among the detained was Cristina Gonzalez, 25, who managed to get the following message to WABC-TV via mobile phone, from the back of a police van.
“We haven’t been charged, we don’t know what happened… We are at One Police Plaza, there’s 16 of us in the back of a van and we’re sweating. And there’s a man back here in who needs medical attention. He’s bleeding from his head and his handcuffs are too tight.”
As protesters on the front lines in Lower Manhattan are emboldened by the escalating violence, so are groups around the country, and the world. Digital Journal states that in cities all over the globe, citizens are staging acts of protest in solidarity with the OWS resistance movement. Public displays of support have gone down in Madrid, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto, London, Athens, and Sydney – to name a few. And apparently it’s only just the beginning. Cities in the process of getting on board the Occupy Wall Street bandwagon are Phoenix, Montreal, Cleveland, Atlanta, Kansas City, Seattle, and Orlando.
No arrests were reported on Sunday, as the protesters forge ahead to remind Wall Street, and beyond, that the United States is a Democracy, not a “Corptocracy.”