Wed Morning update: Oakland – the occupiers who were violently evicted in a 4 AM raid Tuesday morning tried to reclaim their camp last night and were met with tear gas.
Police gave repeated warnings to protesters to disperse from the entrance to Frank Ogawa Plaza at 14th Street and Broadway before firing several tear gas canisters into the crowd at about 7:45 p.m. Police had announced over a loudspeaker that those who refused to leave could be targeted by “chemical agents.”
Protesters scattered in both directions on Broadway as the tear gas canisters and several flash-bang grenades went off. Regrouping, protesters tried to help one another and offered each other eye drops.
One wounded woman, who others said had been hit by one of the canisters, was carried away by two protesters.
Also overnight, Occupy Atlanta was evicted, resulting in numerous arrests:
The freedom campers at Occupy Denver are expecting some really challenging weather tonight. Here’s the forecast:
Tonight: Rain likely before 8pm, then rain and snow likely between 8pm and 11pm, then snow after 11pm. Low around 29. North northeast wind between 8 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total nighttime snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.
Wednesday: Snow. High near 32. North northeast wind between 7 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.
Wednesday morning update : Video from Occupy Denver overnight, as the bad weather moved in and the police made them take their tents down.
Great new video from Occupy Toronto:
Days of Rage, Wall Street Occupation — The odd collection of left wing activists, street people, Hollywood celebrities and progressive publicity seekers camping out on Wall Street continues to grow, reportedly expanding to 250 cities across America and still more around the world. “
May God quell the anger of this sad collage of people, stirred up by radical ideologues, encouraged by the press and even misguided officials, and cause it to fizzle.
Main Street Report: Occupy The Hood/Detroit
Attorneys from the National Lawyers Guild representing Occupy Wall Street protesters may turn down an offer from the Manhattan District Attorney to dismiss charges from their demonstration on the Brooklyn Bridge, according to Bloomberg.
In other words, Ladies and Gentleman, this could be a huge show. 780 people were arrested during that protest, and five have already sued the city, Mayor Bloomberg, and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly for violating their constitutional right to civil disobedience
Occupy Cincinnati Takes Fountain Square
After 2 nights of arrests at Piatt Park Cincy’s Peace Warriors take back Fountain Square!
If you were to assess the state of the union in 2011, you might sum it up this way: rather than being subjected to the rule of law, the nation’s most powerful oligarchs control the law and are so exempt from it; and increasing numbers of Americans understand that and are outraged. At exactly the same time that the nation’s elites enjoy legal immunity even for egregious crimes, ordinary Americans are being subjected to the world’s largest and one of its harshest penal states, under which they are unable to secure competent legal counsel and are harshly punished with lengthy prison terms for even trivial infractions.
Occupy Greensboro has a nice new tumblr.
On Tuesday evening, according to an invitation sent to over 3,000 sympathizers, Occupy Atlanta will march on Koch Industries subsidiary Georgia-Pacific’s Peachtree Street headquarters. Koch bought the pulp and paper giant for $21 billion in 2005; at the time, its annual sales on products like Quilted Northern toilet paper and Brawny paper towel were $20 billion. They no longer release financials as Koch Industries is a private company.
Occupy Atlanta has a very specific demand for the Kochs, one that they’re highly unlikely to achieve: the prolific Republican donors must “withdraw all of their money from politics by 5:00pm on Tuesday October 27th [sic].”
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