El Sabado, 1 de Octubre del 2011, la policía de Nueva York puso una trampa a los Ocupadores (o Indignados como se les llama en España) del Movimiento Ocupa Wall Street en el Puente de Brooklyn. Había niños, mujeres y hombres de diferentes edades.
Este día se realizaba una marcha de la Plaza de la Libertad (parque Zuccotti), sede del Movimiento, al Parque del Puente de Brooklyn, el cual esta al otro lado de Manhattan, en el condado de Brooklyn. La marcha estaba planeada que fuera en el área peatonal destinada a las personas, sin embargo, se piensa que varios instigadores hicieron que poco más de 700 manifestantes caminaran por la parte destinada a los autos. Como podrán ver en las fotos y videos, la policía no hizo nada para impedir que la gente caminara en esa parte. La pregunta es, ¿Los instigadores estaban trabajando en coordinación con la policía?
Si la policía no quería que la gente caminara por esa parte del puente, ¿porqué les permitio que entraran? ¿Porqué no bloqueo la entrada? Antes de llegar al puente, la gente caminaba por la banqueta, cada vez que una persona bajaba a la parte de los autos, los oficiales de policía inmediatamente le decia que se subiera a la banqueta. Esta claro que todo fue planeado. Posiblemente, el Alcalde Bloomberg y Raymond Kally; comisionado del Departamento de Policía de la Ciudad de Nueva York pensaron que arrestando a todos estos manifestantes dejarían de protestar y el movimiento se terminaría, sin embargo se equivocaron. Gracias a los más de 700 arrestos en el puente, más gente supo del movimiento, más gente se organizó en diferentes ciudades del país y del mundo. Sindicatos, politicos, artistas, etc. dieron su apoyo a la gente que estaba ocupando la Plaza de la Libertad en el distrito financiero en el bajo Manhattan.
Este día, al igual que en muchas otras ocasiones estaba tomando fotos del evento. Nueva York es la ciudad más grande y una de las más importantes en USA. Hay muchos desfiles, festivales, protestas, etc. He asistido a muchos de estos eventos a tomar fotos. Uso la fotografía como un medio para reportar sobre lo que pasa en esta ciudad. Todo parecía que esta manifestación sería una más de las que he cubrido, sin embargo, cuando llegamos a aproximadamente la mitad del puente, la policía cerró la parte del frente (lo que debieron haber hecho en la entrada), la parte de atrás y el lado izquierdo y nos cercó con un plástico naranja y una línea de policías para que nadie pudiera salir. Había pánico, miedo, la gente no sabia lo que iba a pasar. La semana anterior, el Sabado, 24 de Septiembre, la policía habia usado gases lacrimogenos contra los manifestantes pacificos que marchaban por las calles de Manhattan. ¿Usarían gases lacrimogenos esta vez? ¿Qué pasaría si alguna persona caia al río? Se tenía temor por lo que podía pasar a los niños entre la multitud.
La NYPD (New York Police Department) arrestó a todos, incluyendo fotografos y periodistas independientes. Fui arrestado aproximadamente a las 4:30pm. No pense que sería arrestado por tomar fotografias de una marcha. Había escuchado que reporteros en paises como Egipto, Libia eran arrestados por el gobierno, no pense que el gobierno de los Estados Unidos de America haría lo mismo. Fuí dejado en libertad aproximadamente 12 horas después. Abogados del National Lawyers Guild estan representando a todas las personas que fueron arrestadas.
La Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, con base en Washington D.C. ha entablado una demanda en contra del Alcalde Bloomberg, Raymond Kelly; comisionado de la policía y la Ciudad de Nueva York. De acuerdo a ellos, los arrestos fueron inconstitucionales. Mas abajo hay un enlace a su sitio donde pueden leer (en Inglés) sobre la demanda.
Nuevamente, como podemos ver en las fotos, videos y testimonios de personas que fueron arrestadas, todo parecía que la gente estaba permitida de caminar por la zona del puente dedicada al tráfico. La policía caminaba al frente y al lado de la manifestación. Vean las fotos y videos y comprueben por ustedes mismos.
What Is Occupy Wall Street About?
On Saturday, October 1st, 2011, the Occupy Wall Street protesters were trapped on the Brooklyn Bridge by the NYPD. There were children, women and men. There was fear and panic as they realized they were trapped. They didn’t want to get maced or tear-gassed like on Saturday, September 24th.
“Occupy Wall Street is leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.”_Occupy Wall Street
Partnership for Civil Justice Fund
Class Action Lawsuit Filed in Brooklyn Bridge Mass Arrest
“Attorneys from the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) on Oct. 4 filed a class action lawsuit against Mayor Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Kelly and the City of New York, charging mass violations of constitutional rights in the trap and detain mass arrest of 700 demonstrators on the Brooklyn Bridge this past Saturday, October 1, 2011.” READ MORE.
IF you were arrested, fill out this form on the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund site.
Videos and articles from different sites:
“Protesters started marching up the pedestrian walk way over the bridge while others tried to take the traffic lane. For a few minutes officers held the line and then they turned around and led the way up the traffic lane on the Brooklyn Bridge. From what I saw no police told any of the protesters to leave until they created a barricade in front of the march about halfway through the bridge.”_arthurkr222
RoarMag – New York police arrest 700+ protesters on Brooklyn Bridge by Jerome Roos.
“New York witnessed an unprecedented clampdown on the constitutional right to peaceful civic protest: in what appears to have been a coordinated move by authorities, the NYPD tricked protesters into walking onto Brooklyn Bridge so it could execute a meticulously planned mass arrest of hundreds of entirely peaceful protesters. Among the 700+ detainees were at least two young children, a photographer and a freelance journalist.”
“On Saturday, Oct 1, 2011, we marched with the Occupy Wall Street hordes from Liberty Park, up Broadway and to the Brooklyn Bridge. At the entrance to the bridge, tons of people headed up the traffic lanes, and the police did nothing to stop them.”_OccupyJersey
Bloomberg knew the whole world was watching so he told the NYPD to block people from taking pictures and videotaping the arrests. Watch the video.
Gothamist – Cops Accused Of Trapping Wall Street Protesters On Brooklyn Bridge For Mass Arrests.
“Police have no arrived on the scene and have started arresting protesters en masse: “Police going to make mass arrest on Brooklyn bridge,” tweeted Jeff Rae. According to @jopauca, “Two white shirts just beat someone. Someone has video.” There are also reports that police have blockaded both sides of the bridge now and taken out the nets.”
Waging Nonviolence – Mass arrests on the Brooklyn Bridge: is this what civil disobedience looks like? by Nathan Schneider.
“Before the marchers on the roadway reached the first stone tower, and having been led by a phalanx of senior police officers, they were intercepted from the other side. (Even The New York Times offers evidence that the police intended to lure marchers into a trap.) Out came dozens of dark-blue shirted officers with plastic cuffs—actually, cardboard boxes full of them. Some officers unrolled the same type of orange nets they had used the previous Saturday to make nearly 100 arrests, while others lined up opposite the protesters, halted them, and began to apprehend and cuff them, one by one.”
Daily Kos – Brave Leaders, Provocateurs, or Agents? Brooklyn Bridge Leaders.
“Were there provocateurs that led people ONTO the Brooklyn Bridge?
Was it the original OccupyWallStreet plan to march ONTO the bridge?”
Guardian – Occupy Wall Street protests.
“Provocateurs” were responsible for leading Saturday’s Brooklyn Bridge march into illegal territory, leading to hundreds of arrests, Occupy Wall Street organisers have told the Guardian.”
The Independent – Arrests, Lies, and Videotape: The Truth About the Brooklyn Bridge Arrests. by Pham Binh
“This was entrapment, plain and simple. In legal terms, entrapment is when a law enforcement officer lures someone to commit a crime they were not previously willing to commit. Given that footage subsequent to the nearly inaudible NYPD warning shows officers practically leading the march onto the bridge’s roadway, it is no wonder so many decided to exercise their First Amendment right on a busy roadway.”
Occupy Wall Street – Brooklyn Bridge Occupied
“Police have kettled the march on the Brooklyn Bridge and have begun arresting protesters.”
Michael Moore – The Brooklyn Bridge Mass Arrest Was Unconstitutional by Mara Verheyden-Hilliard
“When more than seven hundred New Yorkers left their apartments on the morning of Saturday October 1 to join in a march of thousands from the Occupy Wall Street encampment to downtown Brooklyn they had no idea that they were just hours away from being handcuffed and hauled off to jail in one of the largest mass false arrests in recent years.”
The NYPD published this video on YouTube which they say shows protesters were warned they would be arrested.
There were around 2,000 demonstrators. How many people heard it? And if the police didn’t want people to take the roadway, why they didn’t block them with the plastic orange net, barricades, a car or a line of 100 police officers?
Democracy Now – 700 Arrested on Brooklyn Bridge as Occupy Wall Street Enters Third Week, Protests Grows Nationwide by AMY GOODMAN.
“Roundtable discussion with Marisa Holmes, an organizer with the main organizing group of Occupy Wall Street called the General Assembly; Marina Sitrin, a lawyer who is part of Occupy Wall Street’s legal working group; and Laurie Penny, a writer and journalist who reported on protests in London earlier this summer.”
Stories of protesters on the Brooklyn Bridge
New York Times – Covering the March, on Foot and in Handcuffs by Natasha Lennard
“As a reporter covering the march, conducted by the Occupy Wall Street protesters, I was in position to get a close view of some events on the bridge as the arrests began. But as one of those arrested, I was also well-positioned to describe what happened next, at least for a number of those detained.”
carlygsdrafts – Carly Smith
When we got to the Brooklyn Bridge, we saw what appeared to be a line of police that divided the crowd. Some went to the upper level pedestrian path, and others on the other side of the police line were funneled onto the lower roadway, in the left hand lane. We were part of the latter group. There was no clear way of going back once we were on the roadway, and at no time did any police make an announcement that we should not continue – the police walked next to us, and things remained peaceful. I assumed they were going to let us continue, as we would have moved along and crossed the bridge within the next 15 to 20 minutes. Rebecca and I and one male friend found ourselves at the back of the march.
Daily Kos – Eric Hart
“We get about halfway across the bridge and stop. No one knows what’s going on. I can’t see the end of the crowd on either end. People up top on the walkway are trying to shout out updates, but they can’t really see either. Conflicting reports are coming in.
“They are arresting people in the front, turn around.”
“No don’t, they are arresting people in the back.”
“Ok, now they are letting people out in the back.”
“No, they arrested those people too.”
It’s a bit scary because it’s packed shoulder-to-shoulder and you can’t move anywhere and a lot of people just want to leave, and every once in awhile, the crowd swells and moves, and we’re on a bridge, so you don’t want to get pushed off. It’s around 5pm when I text my wife, “I’m trapped on Brooklyn Bridge. They’re not letting us out.””
“An arrested member provides an audio account of what happened on the brooklyn bridge, october 1st, 2011 with the protestors of occupywallst and the NYPD. NOTE NYPD leading the march onto the bridge, without any words of warning or attempts to derail the march. Normally, you are not allowed to step off the sidewalk without a reprimand and warning.
I would like to add, Almost all cops encountered in blue shirts were very nice people, just having to do their jobs. We respect them and their families, as we respect all. We want you to understand, we are doing this for all of you as well.”_OccupyTVNY
Huffington Post – Joshua Stephens
“On this march, from basically Wall Street to the Brooklyn Bridge, if you stepped off the sidewalk to go around the signpost you would either be told nicely or as if you were at bootcamp to get back on the sidewalk. There was zero tolerance. If they successfully policed everybody to stay out of the streets up to the bridge, what prevented them from keeping us on the pedestrian walkway?”
Guardian – Julia Danner
“I was arrested with three other people by a commander. He cuffed us and threw us (he was rough) into the line, and was out of our vicinity before we could register his name or his badge number or anything that would further identify him.
We stood in line for about forty minutes or so and then were loaded onto the MTA bus. We were driven to the 75th Precinct in Brooklyn–On the way, the bus we were in actually picked up a pedestrian and took her to her next stop!”
READ MORE stories on the Guardian.
justinadkins.com – Justin Adkins
“They took me away from the cellblock where they had all of the protesters locked up and brought me to a room with 2 cells and a bathroom. One small cell was empty and the large cell had about 8 men who had been arrested on charges not related to the protest. Unlike me, these men had been arrested for a variety of crimes, some violent. When I entered the room they had me sit down in a chair on the same portion of the wall as the restroom, and then handcuffed my right wrist to a metal handrail. I thought that this was a temporary arrangement as they tried to find me a separate cell as part of some protocol regarding transgender people, which I later discovered does not exist in New York City. After about an hour I realized that they had no intention of moving me. I remained handcuffed to this bar next to the bathroom for the next 8 hours.”
Otro video que muestra lo que paso en el puente de Brooklyn, el Sabado, 1 de Octubre, 2011 cuando manifestantes del Movimiento Ocupa Wall Street cruzaban hacia el condado de Brooklyn.
Public Intelligence has good photos of the day.
The National Lawyers Guild is representing protesters.
“We, as lawyers, are fighting to keep the First Amendment alive in the legal arena; the people are fighting to keep the First Amendment alive in the streets, in their homes, in the factories, in the legislative halls, in the political arena.”_Arthur Kinoy
Estas son algunas de las fotografias que tome – These are some of the pictures I took.