This Is What Revolution Looks Like by Chris Hedges + OWS: Police Brutality and Eviction Destruction

by Chris Hedges
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Nov. 15, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Day 14

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Welcome to the revolution. Our elites have exposed their hand. They have nothing to offer. They can destroy but they cannot build. They can repress but they cannot lead. They can steal but they cannot share. They can talk but they cannot speak. They are as dead and useless to us as the water-soaked books, tents, sleeping bags, suitcases, food boxes and clothes that were tossed by sanitation workers Tuesday morning into garbage trucks in New York City. They have no ideas, no plans and no vision for the future.

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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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on Nov 15, 2011

The Democracy Now! team rushed down to Zuccotti Park in the middle of the night to report on the police crackdown on Occupy Wall Street. We were there until the early hours of the morning, witnessing the arrests in the streets in Lower Manhattan and the dismantling of the encampment — and the hauling away protesters’ belongings. “They can’t pull one over our eyes. They can’t put nothing in our eyes that’s going to blind [us to] what’s going on here. And the same goes for all the people who are out there,” a protester told Democracy Now! after the police twice pepper-sprayed him in the face.

Inside Occupy Wall Street Raid: Eyewitnesses Describe Arrests, Beatings As NYPD Clear Camp

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Nearly two months into Occupy Wall Street, New York City police have carried out a major crackdown on the protesters’ Lower Manhattan encampment — dismantling tents, confiscating belongings, and arresting more than 70 people. At around 1 a.m. local time, police officers in riot gear circled Zuccotti Park — renamed Liberty Plaza by the protesters — ordering them to leave. Although most people complied, a group of around two to three hundred people refused, locking their arms together in the middle of the park. They were eventually detained after a tense standoff that saw police use pepper spray and hit protesters with batons. Police also dismantled the protesters’ encampment, tearing down tents and tossing the sea of belongings, clothing, tarps and equipment into large dump trucks. During our live broadcast, a judge issued a restraining order prohibiting the city and police from evicting the protesters the Occupy Wall Street encampment. We get an update from longtime civil rights attorney, Danny Alterman, who helped file the injunction as part of the Liberty Park Plaza Legal Working Group. “We put together a set of papers on the fly, working nonstop throughout the night, and around 3 o’clock in the morning, contacted Judge Lucy Billings of the New York State Supreme Court who agreed to meet us between 5 and 6 a.m. to review our request for a temporary restraining order, restraining the police from evicting the protesters at Liberty Park, exclusive of lawful arrest for criminal offenses, and — most importantly — enforcing the rules published after the occupation began almost two months ago — — or otherwise preventing protesters from re-entering Liberty Park with tents and other property utilized therein,” Alterman says. Judge Billings signed the order before 6:30 a.m. and a court hearing is set for today.

Occupy Wall Street Evicted in Late Night Raid; Lawyers Get Injunction to Keep Zuccotti Open

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on Nov 15, 2011

Dane from OWS is bounced by the NYPD and @ 1:45 of this video a woman brandishing a court order that affirmed the rights of protesters to occupy Liberty ark is punched in the face by NYPD.

NYPD Assaults Man & Punches Woman in Face at OWS / Liberty Plaza

see

Michael Parenti: Combating Imperialism: Occupy

Overcoming Corporatism by Ralph Nader

OWS: Just how do you turn ‘occupation’ into revolution? By William Bowles

Occupy Wall Street – On the strategy and tactics of non-forceful and forceful responses to the violence of the capitalist-imperialist state by Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.

Occupy America by Michael Parenti

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  11. Mr. Hedges,
    Thank you for your clarity, passion, sagacity. Your observations have given me inspiration for my protest signs 11/17/11.
    Solidarity of 99% on Earth!

  12. Thank you, again, Mr. Hedges for your sagacity.

    You’ve given me GEMS for many protest signs: signs of Revolution begin with total discontent of all society’s social strata.

    Peaceful Protests are the ONLY PATH TO CHANGES.

  13. Beyond excellent, Chris Hedges, as both a summation of the present climate and the sure triumph to follow. They can only hold up an imploding house for a small time. That time has run out, the elite know it, so they press it with all they have, but our numbers are too great.

    Occupy Earth – It IS Time.

    “But remember, this power of the people on top depends on the obedience of the people below. When people stop obeying, they have no power.” — Howard Zinn

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