greekcabanaboy on Sep 25, 2011
The first part of a wonderful interview with Chris Hedges this morning on the 9th day of the protest on wall street.
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Chris Hedges: Repression of Wall St. demonstrators ratcheting up
Sept. 25, 2011
The United States is ratcheting up police violence and harsh laws against anti-capitalist protesters seeking to occupy Wall Street, says Chris Hedges, a senior fellow at the Nation Institute.
“The police presence (around Wall Street) is massive. I mean they have essentially turned Wall Street into the green zone. You can’t enter it by foot or by car unless you go through police barricades,” said the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and the author of the Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle in a Sunday interview with Press TV’s U.S. Desk.
Hedges noted that “the repression against those who were demonstrating is being slowly ratcheted upwards. The levels of police violence have become harsher and harsher.”
Chris Hedges: Wall Street run by criminal class
OurNeedToAwaken on Sep 25, 2011
New Jersey-based senior fellow at the Nation Institute, Chris Hedges, says Wall Street is run by a “criminal class”, who are engaged flagrantly in “fraudulent polices such as selling mortgages to people who can’t pay them back”, and who “evaporated $17 trillion in domestic wealth and $40 trillion in worldwide wealth.”
Wall Street policies have inflicted damages on working men and women in America in the face of different crises including the high unemployment rate, he told Press TV’s U.S. Desk on Sunday.
“Nobody is being prosecuted (for this situation). The only person who’s going to jail is Bernie Madoff and that’s because he stole from rich people.”
Latest official data shows that the jobless rate in the United States is 9.1 percent. Many economists, however, believe the true rate is around 20 percent.
Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His latest books are Death of the Liberal Class, and The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.
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