NYPD officer arresting a dancer and grabbing his gun.

Sunday, March 18th, 2012 – Occupy Wall Street posted a few pictures. Two of them show a New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer arresting a protester (he was dancing on the sidewalk) and grabbing his gun and another photo shows hundreds of people at Liberty Plaza.

OWS protester celebrated their Six Month anniversary on 3/17/2012. You can see pictures of the celebration here.

“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” – Albert Einstein

Hundreds of people at Liberty Plaza celebrating the 6 month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street.

Listen to Keith Olbermann. Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known. READ MORE.

An NYPD officer grabbing his gun. He arrested a peaceful protester. His crime was to dance on a public sidewalk.
“Occupier arrested for dancing in the streets. NYPD makes moves with gun… Who’s really the threat here? Who do they protect?

An NYPD officer grabbing his gun. He arrested a peaceful protester. His crime? Dancing on a sidewalk.
“NYPD who do you protect while grabbing your gun? Who is really the threat? Dancers? or Cops grabbing guns???

Around midnight, police officers closed Liberty Plaza which by law is OPEN 24/7. Barricades are around the park again violating city zoning laws. Journalists were not allow into Zuccotti Park. Do we still have freedom of the press in the United States of America?

73 protesters were arrested. You can see pictures and video of the arrests on the site of RT America. After the NYPD (illegally) closed Liberty Plaza, protesters marched to Union Square.

In this video you can see NYPD smashing the head of a Medic into a window so hard it shattered.

democracynow.org – Michael Moore led hundreds of people from the Left Forum conference to Zuccotti Park on Saturday where hundreds had gathered to re-occupy the park to mark six months since the launch of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which began last September and launched protests around the world that gave voice to “the 99 percent.” That night, New York City police officers cleared the park making at least 73 arrests. Many people reported excessive use of force by officers, several cases were caught on camera. In one widely reported incident, a young woman suffered a seizure after she was pulled from the crowd and arrested. Witnesses say police initially ignored Cecily McMillan as she flopped about on the sidewalk with her hands zip-tied behind her back, but she was eventually taken away in an ambulance. For more we talk to Guardian reporter Ryan Devereaux, who has been following the Occupy movement closely.”

Todd Tif Fernandez said, “These freaks are incredible in the worst of ways. We were on the sidewalk of Liberty Park – on the northern side – which is closed off really anyway – and they decided (after we took them on a little bit of a cat and mouse run around down …town – which was fun) to ASSERT themselves by insisting we clear the sidewalk. The guy was so cute dancing – as lovingly as anyone could be – and they threw him to the ground and brutally arrested him. I kept saying “You are the problem” – because they instigated all of this – for no reason whatsoever. “This is what a police state looks like” – we chant. Because it is true. The ring leader was this big old white shirt – who’s ego was bruised – and so he went all rambo. They’re seriously like children with bad tempers and guns – not a good idea! NO ONE goes toward them -they are always the ones – pushing their way into crowds – mostly to clear sidewalks – as if clearing sidewalks warranted this kind of abuse. Unbelievable!”

Alan Haffa commented, “…Compare the relative significance of law breaking where on the one hand, banks lie and engage in fraud (robo signing) to foreclose on home owners when the banks can’t even prove they own them. And on the other hand, some guy dancing in the street. Which is more important. Have you seen one banker brought to the ground and threatened like this? Have you seen one person responsible for the economic collapse and the banking fraud go to jail? One?”

“What ever happened to the freedom of assembly protected by our constitution? Freedom to organize is our basic right as citizens, wanting to change the broken system!” said, Maura Sawyer.

Max Berger wrote on the Huffington Post, “Last night, the cracks in the surface began to show. Hundreds of mostly young people came together for a few brief, beautiful hours to celebrate the six-month anniversary of the occupation of Wall Street. On St. Patrick’s Day, a night usually associated with mischief and drunken debauchery, we met in a public park to connect with each other and reestablish the bonds that hold our community together. It was a celebration of what’s best in America — civic community, freedom of association, self-expression — and an indication that the American Spring will be as big as last fall.

But, last night I also saw the worst of America. The movement to restore democracy may find a willing public, but it will be violently opposed by Wall Street and their cronies in elected office. Instead of protecting, or celebrating, a generation of young people fighting to restore hope to our nation’s future, I saw police do everything they could to suppress our right to express ourselves and gather freely.

I saw dozens of peaceful protesters violently choked, stomped on, and beaten with night sticks. I saw police wantonly beat retreating protesters trying to escape. I saw a woman get sent to the hospital after police brutally beat her and left her seizing on the ground. I saw the first broken window of Occupy Wall Street; ironically, it came from police smashing it with a peaceful protester’s head. Coming on the heels of recent reports of police infiltration and monitoring of the Occupy movement, it was a chilling vision of what democracy looks like in America.”

Max Berger started a petition. Click here to sign it calling for an investigation into NYPD violence against OWS.

Occupy Wall Street is asking people in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Oakland, Portland, US-Davis, San Diego and other cities to join them in a peaceful march tonight (3/18).
If you are in NYC, converge at 8pm at the red cube across from Liberty Plaza. Show support for the dozens arrested and those beaten by police last night. They say, “We will not let police repression stop us! COME and share widely!!!”
More info on Facebook and Twitter.

The American Spring began.

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