Yes, I know this is a huge wall of text, but it is well worth taking the time to click on the links, watch the videos, and get past the whitewash that is the corporate media regarding the Occupy Movement.
It has become abundantly clear, at least to me, that WE have to BE the Media. We have to do more than just occupy public spaces, we have to OCCUPY THE CONVERSATION, and cover the events that are unfolding within our own country. Read the following, watch the videos… EDUCATE YOURSELF.
This comes from reddit user PingTiao
If you don’t want to post up a wall of text on your tumblr, at least re-blog this as a link, there needs to be accurate information out there about this.
The media spin is pretty ridiculous on ALL the networks this morning. Even CNN is whitewashing their coverage from yesterday, and they were doing the best half assed coverage of the major networks yesterday!
In the morning, protestors showed up at Liberty Plaza/Zuccotti Park at 7AM. When at least 1,000 protestors were there they marched to various blockaded intersections near the NYSE. They tried to disrupt people getting to work and engaged in various peacefully “disruptive” tactics which were sometimes dealt with less than peacefully by the police.
Here are some clips you won’t see on the news:
Woman gets hair pulled by police (the real video, not the one the networks barely tried to peddle.)
Here is a beautiful angled shot of the incident:
This is the video CNN, Fox, MSNBC, and others were showing in response to the reported hair pulling incident when they mentioned it throughout the day.
Human Chain VS NYPD Bus: This happened at one of the disrupted intersections around the NYSE.
Sit In Near NYSE Busted Up by Police:
CNN keeps having errors on their own coverage: (tell me if you notice this too?)
Reuters is also having “technical difficulties” regarding OWS videos. CNN and Reuters are far from alone in this:
Too Crowded for Motorcycle Cops:
Snatch and Grabs Near NYSE:
One of many journalists arrested who decided to ignore the police warning to stay away. They sure hate the scrutiny.
Some helicopter shots:
I am certain there are many more videos of this part of the day, but no major network was anywhere near this action, except Russia Today if you consider them a major news source. CNN, seemed to be the only ones putting in a morning effort and they just hung out near the empty Zuccotti Park.
The protestors decided to reassemble at Liberty Plaza/Zuccotti Park.
After the park had slowly filled up, because police bottlenecked the park through one entrance, protestors took down the barricades and reclaimed the park:
Here’s a CNN video that still plays:
The police flipped their shit, called in riot police and pretty much any reinforcements they could:
(videos of this are already censored.)
Here’s a bunch of raw footage of the police retaliation:
Police beating a protestor bloody:
A bloody photo of the protestor being led away and a hokey official story:
Police attack protestors with barricades:
The police surrounded the already barricaded and penned in park and tensions mounted. Then the police engaged in “snatch and grab” tactics, going for protestors who are more visible members whom they keep thinking are “leaders”.
This is how the tactic is being used against Occupy Wall Street:
Large numbers of police surround the protestors at any time, sometimes a hundred, sometimes several hundred. TARU, HMS, and various other law enforcers video tape the protests and pick out people they think are leaders. Taking out leaders should slow things down, plus they get to start up files of these people and interrogate them. During briefings, the police are told, “when you have the order and the opportunity, take these people.” These are some of the people you see arrested when police seem to pick and choose from all the protestors they want to arrest.
Here’s an example:
(Video censored, I’m really trying to find mirrors, but I have seen the videos before, they’re being removed and blocked quickly though)
Protestor thrown over Zuccotti Park barricade:
After the police retook the park by force, everyone decided to go off on other actions. The most publicized were when protestors went into subway stops to ask people to join up for the rally at Foley and the march across the Brooklyn Bridge. News outlets were erroneously reporting we were going to shut down the subways and cause chaos. The truth is that protestors effectively used the subways to bring tens of thousands of people to Foley Square, they did not want to shut them down!
As Fox News reported more than most, but all networks reported plans for subway chaos:
This is what protestors did, this was the Occupy Subways plan all along:
Protestors have done similar things many times before as an outreach action. We truly aren’t the violent anarchists we have been smeared as being. There are more videos than this of different people occupying on different days, just look around:
Well, after all the occupations of subways, which were not violent BTW, tens of thousands of protestors rallied at Foley Square:
There was Hip Hop:
Some more footage of larger than reported crowds from the ground:
Protestors listening to police scanners heard the police estimate was 30,000 protestors. CNN reported it and showed helicopter shots. You can not find the helicopter shots, or many of the other videos from their coverage yesterday. I saw it myself and now the videos are being blocked. Maybe they’ll come out later today, but the morning media… even CNN, is completely whitewashed.
Here’s one screen cap of the helicopter footage. The helicopter did pan around and show a crowd of tens of thousands, who all rallied there from various parts of the city, gathered together through Occupy Subways, which was to use the subways effectively to protest.. NOT shut them down.
This also was projected on the Verizon building for people crossing the Brooklyn Bridge to see. Many cars honked in solidarity.
Keith Olberman has some good footage near the end of this video. I get the feeling he saw what I did, but didn’t record it before the chopper was told to buzz off.
Hey, look! I found the helicopter footage without Candy Crowley’s commentary! It took a few hours… ridiculous!:
The expected bad commentary, with decent bridge footage and credit for large numbers and peacefully getting over the bridge, from Fox News last night:
I will try to find more video evidence of the day’s events.
Hopefully I did a better job than the morning news shows compiling this information for you. It is unfortunate the major networks are blocking and burying many of the videos I saw them run live yesterday. There is much more compelling evidence, but it’s being censored.
For your entertainment, here is a good article about the Fox News smear campaign, just for shits and giggles.
Anyway, morning news, no mention of all the people who rallied at Foley Square. It was so many people, it took hours to cross the Brooklyn Bridge because the queue was so long. Most people stayed on the pedestrian walkway, and apparently CNN became so disgusted by the mostly peaceful protest they covered ALL DAY, that they removed or blocked most of their footage. I can’t even find mirrors! All that is being reported is 400 and some odd arrests, 7-10 cops with such severe injuries as finger stitches and vinegar splashes, and more smears.