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Retribution Against the Financial Elite

Occupy San Francisco Raided, Re-Occupied

Posted 2 years ago on Dec. 7, 2011, 2:43 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

OccupySF

UPDATE:

12:13AM (EST) - Occupy SF GA is currently underway.
12:04AM (EST) - SFPD leaves the plaza! Occupy SF has re-occupied!
9:40PM (EST) - Riot police surrounding occupiers in Justin Herman Plaza, reading dispersal order.

from #occupySF:

Early this morning, Tuesday December 7th, police moved in on Justin Herman Plaza and dismantled the main #OccupySF camp. Bicycles, books from the library, tents, and people’s belongings were thrown directly into trash crusher trucks. Many occupiers were trying to leave the area and were arrested anyway. Many more elected to get arrested as a form of peaceful protest.

In recent weeks, mobile occupation forces have formed to occupy various stretches of unused pavement throughout the financial district, as well as in foreclosed homes and other locations throughout the city. Colleges and Universities throughout the city have been mobilizing as well. This movement cannot be contained, and it cannot be stopped.

Emergency assemblies have been called for 12 noon and 6pm TODAY, December 7th.

NOON RALLY at 101 Market.

6PM RALLY next to Justin Herman Plaza.

Please attend to support and make your voice heard as we debate and decide how to move forward in light of this latest assault on our rights.

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[-] 14 points by OccupyCentre (263) 2 years ago

This is really brutal. I cannot understand why the police would have a bar of this. I am in Edinburgh, and our movement keeps getting stronger. Then again, many of the authorities and also the police are on our side. They can see the good we are doing, for example the compassion we are showing homeless people. It resonates well with the churches, mosques etc. I think that outreach is very important.

The most important thing is persistence. The biggest enemy is complacency. Most people still have an easy life - but we must show them that the good times can quickly go for them also. As long as the Occupy movement has a big force of front line "troops", active participants and supporters then the Movement can adapt quickly and achieve results. We are learning quickly. The great revelation is that the people on the streets, homeless etc. have become a real asset. Some of them are really intelligent and skilled, but have fallen on hard times. They can teach us all survival skills.

[-] 3 points by charnipar123 (122) 2 years ago

Thank -you so much for your support. God bless you and and stay safe. You are making the world a better place.

[-] 3 points by GarnetMoon (424) 2 years ago

Nice to hear from others around the world! Great to hear that the cops are on your side. There are actually some members of the NYPD who support us but don't/can't openly show their support. Anyway, this must be very disturbing the PTB...I can't wait for full-blown panic to set in!!! Keep the faith brother/sister!!

[-] 4 points by ZenDog (20546) from South Burlington, VT 2 years ago

It varies by city and by district. Repelican enclaves will react with more hostility than progressive or liberal communities.

The establishment in Vermont is generally supportive.

Be strong.

Do not show fear.

Do not react with violence.

Be formless.

Be traceless.

Be like water.

We are with you .

[-] 1 points by charnipar123 (122) 2 years ago

Thanks ZenDog. I wrote that down to carry with me. This is a wonderful mantra for life as well as OWS. Peace.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20546) from South Burlington, VT 2 years ago

I don't know if it is useful to you -

here's my website, there are more things you can carry with you if you want or need to.

I feel terrible in a way, that I am not on the front line with you now - but I am with you. You are not alone.

[-] 1 points by alouis (1511) from New York, NY 2 years ago

some members of the NYPD who support us but don't/can't openly show their support"

I guess you can take that support along with $2.25 and get on the subway with it.

[-] 1 points by OccupyCentre (263) 2 years ago

It is best to be helpful to the police. Get them onside, if you can. I know that my daughter's group were in NY, and one of the Scots lads got very drunk and bashed on some woman's apartment. The NYPD came and took him to a hospital so as to avoid him being arrested. My daughter said he would have been in mega trouble in Edinburgh. In my experience, the NYPD have a good sense of humour. We are a protest movement, not criminals. They know that.

[-] 1 points by GarnetMoon (424) 2 years ago

True, but MOST of their behavior has been reprehensible. When did this particular incident occur?

[-] 2 points by OccupyCentre (263) 2 years ago

This happened in 2005. The women in the apartment said it was the first bit of exceitment she had there. I love the New York sense of humour. It seems if you are a Scottish student, you can get away with anything in NYC. :)

[-] 0 points by vets74 (344) from New York, NY 2 years ago

If you are a drunk tourist from anywhere... yeah. O.K., fine.

[-] 1 points by MVSN (768) from Stockton, CA 2 years ago

It's nice to know that Scottish Muslims like OWS.

[-] 1 points by SwissMiss (2435) from Ann Arbor Charter Township, MI 2 years ago

Nice comment, troll.

[-] 0 points by MVSN (768) from Stockton, CA 2 years ago

Glad you liked it, commie.

[-] 1 points by SwissMiss (2435) from Ann Arbor Charter Township, MI 2 years ago

Yeah.... I'm a commie... idiot.

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[-] 0 points by fucorporatemedia (451) 2 years ago

nice to hear!

How did you get police and authorities on your side?

[-] 1 points by OccupyCentre (263) 2 years ago

I don't know. I think they know we are part of the 99%. Also, some of the guys protesting drink too much (well, it is Scotland), have been homeless, or been in prison. They know the police well, and the police look after them. In Occupy Edinburgh, the same old police come around every day to see if we had any trouble. They are just really nice and helpful. I think the boss (like a police chief) told one of the guys here that he supports the movement also.

[-] 1 points by ForwardWeGo (99) 2 years ago

Just want to add my two cents to this and quickly recount my two experiences thus far with OWS NYC. The first at Lincoln Center on Dec 1 where we were faced with a lockout by police and held our GA on the sidewalk. The NYPD bosses that night showed evil intent and maliciously arrested 2 peaceful resistors at the direction of Lincoln Center's chief of security. video's here (http://www.youtube.com/user/ForwardWeGo1?feature=mhee) However, I also witnessed a number of the posted non-participating police drop their heads in shame and sadness when those actions occurred. It was interesting as well, that when one of our crowd yelled out a taunt at police, the GA speaker quickly reminded us all in mic check that "We do not taunt." I thought to myself at that moment, what a beautiful response, not only to show the police that we care and believe them to be one of us, but to show them that we can self police and do not condone anarchy. In closing I believe that if we as a movement persist with this kind of response, the power of our peaceful protest will capture support from ALL of the 99%. My 2nd experience was in Brooklyn on Dec 6, I witnessed an NYPD that cleared the way for our march in the streets and quietly shared our joy when we reclaimed several homes in foreclosure. We are winning! Peace - Love - Light

[-] 1 points by OccupyCentre (263) 2 years ago

@ForwardWeGo. What you say is interesting. I think the police sometimes like to present a macho image when they are in a large group. Individual police officers are probably not in agreement with this, but think they have to show a "common response". As you mention, the looks on some faces cannot hide their internal frustrations. I think what we (you and I) are experiencing will happen in most Occupy sites. After all, people are much the same everywhere. In the end, it is about being friends. There is no reason why Occupy people can't make friendships with the police. Enforcement is only a small part of policing. In my experience they do a hell of a good job, and I respect them. Truly.

[-] 1 points by SwissMiss (2435) from Ann Arbor Charter Township, MI 2 years ago

Our police are being paid off by the elite. That's the problem here.

[-] -1 points by vets74 (344) from New York, NY 2 years ago

Occupy UK has been competent at recruiting allies. The churches and the public service unions especially.

Here in the U.S. there has been minimal outreach to established organizations apart from unions.

We can get better. Adopting the "Pledge for Nonviolence" is a start.

[-] 0 points by vets74 (344) from New York, NY 2 years ago

Note the shill accounts popping on "dislike" clicks.

[-] 6 points by 99time (90) 2 years ago

Thank you for this update. I watched the stream this morning. See this: http://occupywallst.org/forum/the-one-percents-emerging-totalitarian-strategy And be warned in Portland too -- surprise attack coming!

These crackdowns before the December 12 West Coast Port Action will only provide more reason for folks to join it!

[-] 3 points by DemocraticCredit (37) 2 years ago

Isn't it ironic that the people (whose sovereign right it is to create credit, and have delegated corporations this right - in trust, to manage diligently) must find a budget (to be approved by politicians- financed by bankers) to pay a legal army to go after the bankers - it has not happen and will not happen.(the bankers control the levers of power)

Bankers use the power to create credit WE gave them, to hire the best and brightest and most experienced legal minds in the nation to oppose the people, who wish to prosecute malfeasance, against the peoples TRUST. Bankers do this at no cost to themselves, simply by the expedient of honoring their own check.

Giving the power to create credit to private corporations was justified by the fear that politicians would, abuse our trust I have no doubt, politicians would abuse our trust, but am now faced with the criminal behaviour of those we had hoped, could be trusted. We must apply at new paradigm. I believe and suggest "the power to create credit" must be taken back by us, the people. To be called Democratic Credit, it shall be a right alongside "right to life, justice, health, religion, education, .."

Let us put together a Charter that will allow people, and not corporations or shareholders to own banks, but individual "depositors"

Let the power to create be in service to the people to meet all our basic needs such as health, education, shelter, work. Let us build our communities and finally let the nation come to me, in the most democratic form off all, to ask me for the finance to deliver services that I think are necessary.

Do the 'Chartered Banks of the People" wish to finance an undeclared war in a foreign country that is not a security threat, but has valuable oil reserves. NO

Does the "Chartered Banks of the People" wish to finance alternative energy programmes, projects that will create millions of jobs for its people that will provide security, stabilize its currency against foreign reserve depletion, and avoid the deaths of its young men. YES

It does not require the destruction of one system for another; it does not require the risky change back to the "gold reserve standard" advocated by the next likely President of the United States, RP (How will the Banksters deal with him?)

All it requires is enough honest individuals to get together to for the first Chartered Bank of America, apply honest regulation, and LOBBY the people of America to give you a " Commercial Bank Trading Licence", currently only issued by the FED, a private consortium of bankers who control the "power to create credit" for the United States of America, the most powerful empire the world has seen in all history. The power to create credit, the most powerful force on the planet, a power if diligently applied and directed, can mitigate the damage we as a species is causing it and ourselves.

We do not need to battle the incredibly entrenched forces, but simply offer a humane alternative to ourselves. The time is now; the voice is the Occupy Movement - Worldwide. Peace. Ian

[-] 1 points by vets74 (344) from New York, NY 2 years ago

You are really gonna like Martha Coakley, Attorney General of Massachusetts.

www.mass.gov/ago/news-and-updates/press-releases/2011/five-national-banks-sued-by-ag-coakley.html

They are thieves.

And btw: this is filed as a civil suit where there are much freer discovery rules than during a criminal case. But the form and statements are a 1:1 match with the elements of the crime for a Federal R.I.C.O. indictment.

That the bankster managers at these firms are in violation of Sarbanes-Oxley and have been for 6 years goes without saying.

[-] 2 points by Edwin (47) from Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-do 2 years ago

Never give up. We are right.

[-] 2 points by rockyracoon2 (276) 2 years ago

personal property and book burning/crushing/smashing/destroying - disgusting beyond words

[-] 0 points by CapitalistPiggy (2) from Cincinnati, OH 2 years ago

Did you expect the police to open a safety deposit box for your crap at one of the banks you are protesting?

[-] 1 points by din365 (31) 2 years ago

they could've done what the city of edmonton did, which was to fence it off and allow them to come back to gather their belongings.

[-] 2 points by vets74 (344) from New York, NY 2 years ago

If Occupy SF had committed to the Nine Principles, that outcome would have been far more likely.

Pledge For Nonviolence

  • As you prepare for Occupy Wall Street, open yourself to life, love and the blessings of faith, hope, and charity.
  • Refrain from violence of fist, tongue and heart.
  • Walk and talk in the manner of love; for truth and love are the core of life, neither ambition nor the temptations of control.
  • Sacrifice personal wishes that all might be free.
  • Observe with friends, with false friends and with your foes the ordinary rules of courtesy.
  • Perform regular service for others and the world.
  • Pray or simply ask within to be moved so that all men and women might be free.
  • Remember that nonviolence seeks Justice and Reconciliation – not victory.
  • Strive to be in good spirits and in good health. We are the 99% and we must go in peace.

Turning the other cheek by design is also a defense. One supports and then relies on civilization.

[-] 0 points by caspur (0) 2 years ago

Then you wouldn't have to protest at all; your stuff could "occupy ' for you.

[-] 0 points by rockyracoon2 (276) 2 years ago

someday, although i don't wish this on you or anyone, when they come for your personal property and books, then perhaps you'll understand

[-] 1 points by Norway (6) 2 years ago

Get a militant faction to your organization, but don't officially recognize it. Allow members of this faction to encounter Police, and/or members of their families, with no witnesses, and have them met out the same Brutality to them as they do to innocent citizens-and do it consistently.

[-] 1 points by binky4freedom (6) from San Francisco, CA 2 years ago

The city has closed JHP for renovations as of this morning. Park Service staff removed the grass and placed 'closed' signs around the park. My family has been in San Francisco since 1907. They came here to help rebuild this city. It makes me sick and sad to see what this city has done. Hmmm, on the good side, we will have new grass to sit on. Thank you Mr Major... and Mr Major, the rest of the streets in this city need a good steam clean too... I guess you never walk the streets do you?

[-] 1 points by billbux (35) 2 years ago

From Nuuzit - Occupy San Francisco camp closed and patrolled by police - http://www.nuuzit.com/newsitem/dw3bl4pXZrN

[-] 1 points by bigbangbilly (594) 2 years ago

Get some to disperse and surround the police on both sides. The front and back, In side the park and out side the made-of-police barrier.

[-] 1 points by LloydJHart (190) from Vineyard Haven, MA 2 years ago

The Occupy Wall St. Movement has no leverage to force change and until OWS gets some leverage nothing will change.

If OWS blocks traffic and shuts down business as usual, OWS will have leverage to force change.

The forgotten must block traffic to remind the forgetful of the needs of the forgotten.

Don't follow the leaders. Block traffic with your friends.

Guidelines For Non-Violent Civil Disobedient Traffic Blocking. http://occupywallst.org/forum/guidelines-for-non-violent-civil-disobedient-traff/

[-] 1 points by rickMoss (435) 2 years ago

We need a better way to fight back. We need a smart revolution. We're making this harder then it should be. 99 to 1 shouldn't be a this hard.

"WAKE UP PEOPLE!” - JOIN THE REVOLUTION Read “Common Sense 3.1” at ( www.revolution2.osixs.org )

FIGHT THE CAUSE - NOT THE SYMPTOM We don’t have to live like this anymore. "Spread the News"

[-] 1 points by 1SiriusMagus (311) from Minneapolis, MN 2 years ago

What makes it so very difficult is that 152 million people in America prefer to go shopping (Black Friday shopper #s) and support the very corporations that have decimated their cities and their economic prospects for them selves and their children by outsourcing American jobs. This is whom Americans are rewarding. It has come to this with Americans idiotic equation of protecting our Freedoms with invading another country to facilitate corporate plunder. Well corporation, as now exposed have been plundering our own country for decades. It has finally reached critical mass and some have awoken from their propaganda induced stupor.

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[-] 1 points by Marlow (1141) 2 years ago

Keep all the video, pictures, and names of those who were arrested for non violence.. Paper trail people! Going to need this for a Civil Suit against the Mayor!

...Get them in the pocket Book... no reason not to file a Brief TODAY!

If MY team can beat a Communist Hedgefund.. 99% can beat some small minded MAYOR!

Marlow

[-] -1 points by pinker (586) 2 years ago

Yeah, civil lawsuit - take those taxpayer's money! Good idea. Sue, sue, sue.

[-] 1 points by 1SiriusMagus (311) from Minneapolis, MN 2 years ago

Why is the police destroying peoples personal belongings?

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[-] 1 points by ahbregman (18) 2 years ago

Horrible, why would you bring the victims of a natural disaster into this? The protestors are peaceful, they assemble in public so the ideas they generate have a direct outlet, you sit at your computer and badmouth people. Piggy.

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[-] 0 points by vets74 (344) from New York, NY 2 years ago

A reminder- - - - - - -

Commitment to Nonviolence is the broad gateway. Nonviolence is the fulcrum. Discipline is the lever. Here is the core message from Dr. King as he translated the ideas of Mahatma Gandhi:


Pledge For Nonviolence

  1. As you prepare for Occupy Wall Street, open yourself to life, love and the blessings of faith, hope, and charity.
  2. Refrain from violence of fist, tongue and heart.
  3. Walk and talk in the manner of love; for truth and love are the core of life, neither ambition nor the temptations of control.
  4. Sacrifice personal wishes that all might be free.
  5. Observe with friends, with false friends and with your foes the ordinary rules of courtesy.
  6. Perform regular service for others and the world.
  7. Pray or simply ask within to be moved so that all men and women might be free.
  8. Remember that nonviolence seeks Justice and Reconciliation – not victory.
  9. Strive to be in good spirits and in good health. We are the 99% and we must go in peace.

Agent provocateur "provo” incited riots at Air and Space Museum, August 8th, and at Oakland have been the worst of it. These were attempts using on-the-payroll thugs to separate Occupy from nonviolence. Nonviolence, first, combined with love. That is the way Occupy can achieve Justice. That is also how Occupy can achieve Reconciliation with citizens such as the Tea Party people who have been misled into accepting the trillion dollar fraud schemes of Wall Street's gangsters.

[-] 0 points by din365 (31) 2 years ago

Why is it that they seem to be getting the MOST brutal treatment in California? isn't it supposed to be a democrat and liberal stronghold that's against this shit? like fuck..even the Occupy movements in Edmonton weren't treated like this and were allowed to come back and get their shit.

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[-] 1 points by GarnetMoon (424) 2 years ago

Get used to it friend, we ain't goin' nowhere. Matter of fact, the more they brutalize and try to destroy us, the stronger we get! Haven't you ever heard of the law of "least resistance"???

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[-] 0 points by NewWorldNow (83) 2 years ago

The economy will go into overdrive the day Obama is defeated in the election.

[-] 0 points by GarnetMoon (424) 2 years ago

How sad are you, trolling, rather than doing something meaningful... And when do you expect the economy to "improve"? What constitutes improvement???

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[-] -1 points by vets74 (344) from New York, NY 2 years ago

Read Joseph Stiglitz's article in the January "Vanity Fair" if you think this economy is going to rebound at a gallop.

We have been misinvesting by the trillions of dollars for the last 20 years.

Waste on the military is the worst of it.

[-] -1 points by darkhound (66) 2 years ago

So the economy is going to stumble along. OWS is going to stumble along, getting a lift whenever some bad news spooks the market. Whatever.

[-] -1 points by vets74 (344) from New York, NY 2 years ago

When Occupy sites take to adopting the Nine Principles, from Dr. King and SCLC, you will see a change of quality that does matter.

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[-] 0 points by billbux (35) 2 years ago

From Nuuzit - Occupy San Francisco dismantled - http://www.nuuzit.com/newsitem/eqsXHSEkC4g

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[-] 0 points by Toynbee (656) from Savannah, GA 2 years ago
  • You can take our books but you can't take our movement.

  • You can't evict an idea.

  • America reached a tipping point in 2011 and the grass roots citizens in every state, red and blue, said ENOUGH.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nt9d2iwSBMc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVljZ35Jahg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePoKwgL6NUM

[-] -3 points by pinker (586) 2 years ago

THIS is really brutal: www.npr.org/2011/12/07/143269442/a-brutal-detention-and-a-defiant-syrian-activist

OWS is spending more energy fighting for the right to camp than actually making changes.

[-] -1 points by vets74 (344) from New York, NY 2 years ago

Don't underestimate a broad attack.

We can't all be Martha Coakley.

[-] -2 points by pinker (586) 2 years ago

She is being proactive, not passivley sitting around chit chatting: she's been working at it for a long time. However, the point of my post was mainly to show what real police brutality looks like.