Occupy Wall Street protests go global

Times Square, New York, October 15th. Photo credit: Eliot Tokar.

A comprehensive global round-up from journalist Bill Weinberg’s invaluable World War 4 Report:

Under the slogan “From Tahrir Square to Times Square,” the Occupy Wall Street movement reports demonstrations in over 1,500 cities across the globe Oct. 15, including over 100 US cities from coast to coast. In New York, 74 were arrested as police attempted to block thousands of marchers behind barricades in the Times Square area, where the protesters had marched from the Financial District.

Full story at http://ww4report.com/node/10430.

A detailed list of demands for political and economic direct democracy, from the October 15th organizing group in Barcelona, is available online at http://climate-connections.org/2011/10/15/october-15-global-protests-for-the-earth-reform-or-transformation/

Photo credit: Eliot Tokar (www.tibetanmedicine.com).

 

One Reply to “Occupy Wall Street protests go global”

  1. I spent the afternoon at the Berlin rally on Saturday, it was very interesting. There were quite a lot of people, marching from Alexanderplatz along Unter Den Linden, passed the Brandenburger Gate and finally ending up in the park that sits between the Reichstag, Bundestag and Chancellory. It was mostly a lot of slogans and speeches, but there was a group of 100-200+ folks sitting in front of the Reichstag, using the ‘human mic’ and discussing what has been done in NY, what to do here in Berlin/Germany, etc.
    My German is getting better but still rusty, so the following is just my observation, and hopefully I didn’t misunderstand anything that was said:
    The original plan was for Occupy Berlin to camp out in front of the famous TV Tower on Alexanderplatz, but everyone decided to stay in front of the Reichstag. This was very interesting to me for two reasons: 1. It was decided on the ground by the people who were actually participating in the occupation, despite several weeks planning by the few people organizing the event and 2. it was done knowing that Berlin (and other German cities) have what’s called a “Bannmeile”: essentially an area around most government buildings (in particular the parliamentary buildings) where demonstrating is illegal. Unfortunately I had to leave and in retrospect, I really wish I hadn’t- by about 6-7p the police were no longer allowing anyone to join the occupation. This included folks trying to bring food, supplies and tents as well as any journalists/press. Luckily, some people from castortv.de were live video streaming from the occupation and I was able to ‘participate’ that way.
    The police presence grew as the evening went on, and they would come in and take away any tents or other supplies that could be used for the occupation.
    By about 11p, the police gave everyone the ultimatum to leave (and not reassemble elsewhere!) or they would remove them by force, and by 11:30 that’s exactly what happened. There was an incredible show of solidarity among the occupiers, shouting “we’re staying here!” as the police announced that the occupation was illegal, discussing what to do after the police gave their ultimatum and staying incredibly calm as the police moved in. It was great to see, especially given that earlier in the day the demonstration at large was mostly made up of techno dancing (it’s Germany), cute signs and speeches that all said the usual stuff. By the time the police started moving in, the number of viewers on the live stream surpassed 6000 (from 300 earlier in the evening). This despite absolutely no reporting in almost any press outlet, mainstream or otherwise. I still can’t find much (This is the only descriptive English-language reference I can find).
    Unfortunately, the live stream was lost in the middle of the arrests, and afterwards there were reports that the police used pepper spray and had shut off all cell service in the area.

    It’s been, rightfully, pointed out that there isn’t as clear a message or direction here in Germany as there is at Occupy Wall Street in the US (probably because things haven’t gotten or been as bad here as in the States), however I still think it’s important to see a movement grow here in Berlin and Europe. I’m very interested to see what develops, and I’ll post back here as things progress.

    There’s a frequently updated blog posted by some of the occupiers, some of which is translated into English here: http://occupyreichstag.blogsport.de/
    The ‘official’ site of Occupy Berlin is here: http://occupyberlin.wordpress.com/
    There’s a very interesting report on Sunday’s ‘re-occupation’ here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/107201706333894568798/posts/6bXq5e37kja
    It’s in German, but there should be some translation tools out there that make some sense of it.
    The live stream of the continuing occupation (folks have been coming back each day at 3p CET) is here: http://www.castortv.de/

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