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Daily Archives: October 23, 2011

130 Occupy protesters arrested in Chicago

Oct. 23, 2011

(CNN) — Chicago police arrested 130 “Occupy Chicago” protesters overnight for allegedly being in the city’s Grant Park after hours, authorities said Sunday.

The crowd of protesters was estimated at more than 1,000 before police announced they had to vacate the area, said Officer Robert Perez, spokesman for Chicago police. Most of the protesters left and went across the street into a public area, he said, and the rest were arrested.

Those arrested were taken to police’s First District headquarters, he said. The majority were booked for staying at the park after hours and released on their own recognizance, Perez said.

Protesters in a number of cities, especially New York, have rallied against what they describe as corporate greed, arrogance and power, and have asserted that the nation’s wealthiest 1% hold inordinate sway over the rest of the population. Other issues have also surfaced, such as disappointment with the political dynamic in Washington and U.S.-led military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Full Article Here – http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/23/us/occupy-protesters/ 

Police break up “Occupy Sydney” protest in morning raid

Oct. 23, 2011
By Chris McCall

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Police broke up a Sydney protest camp inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement in an early morning raid on Sunday, making dozens of arrests, police and protesters said.
The ‘Occupy Sydney‘ protest against corporate greed and economic inequality in the Martin Place business district had been going on for a week, with a small group sleeping out in the square despite seizure of camping equipment, setting up solar panels to charge mobile phones.
The raid by about 100 officers came two days after police in Melbourne broke up a parallel protest there in violent scenes. New South Wales state police said they had made 40 arrests in Sydney on Sunday. Some protesters were expected to be charged with crimes, including assaulting police.

Video shot by protesters and posted on their website (www.occupysydney.org.au) showed a rubbish-strewn patch of ground, with police moving through in the dark.

Protest spokesman who gave his name as Tim Davis Frank said about 70 people were in the area when the raid started around 5 a.m. (2:00 p.m. EDT Saturday), including some homeless people who had joined the demonstrators.
“I was fast asleep. People started yelling – get your camera out. One of the police was yelling something into a microphone,” Davis Frank told Reuters. “They basically informed us we had 10 minutes to gather our possessions.”
Police said protesters had originally had permission to protest for two hours, which they had exceeded more than a week ago, and had repeatedly ignored requests to leave.
“Protesters were given a final warning to leave Martin Place this morning before police moved in and cleared the area,” police said in a statement.

Occupy protestors take marching tour of Vancouver banks

Oct. 22, 2011 

About 150 protesters taking part in the Occupy Vancouver movement took to the streets Saturday, stopping in front of four downtown banks that police say were not damaged in any way.

The march lasted about two hours, beginning with a stop at the RBC Bank at Burrard and Georgia streets, where some participants said they wanted to close their accounts in protest.

The branch was closed, and much of the crowd moved on – though some remained in the street, briefly blocking traffic at the busy intersection.

Saturday marked the seventh day of the sit-in protest, which suffered through difficult weather in recent days that soaked many of those camping out in tents behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Weather has caused the number of protesters to fluctuate, but crowds returned in full force Saturday to hear Canadian icon David Suzuki address the international phenomenon fueled by outrage over financial inequality and corporate greed.

“Let’s take back the agenda. We want democracy for people, not corporations,” Suzuki said.

Critics say they’re skeptical the Canadian protests will last because the country isn’t experiencing the same financial hardships and unemployment rates of the U.S. and Europe.

But dozens in Vancouver have at least demonstrated a willingness to battle the elements, hoisting their tents onto wood pallets and setting up tarps at the protest site. On Friday, some of the soggy protesters also dug trenches at the art gallery to help drain water onto the street.

Full Article Here – http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20111022/bc_occupy_protest_march_111022/20111022/?hub=BritishColumbiaHome

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Police brutality charges sweep across the US

Oct. 22, 2011

Officer Michael Daragjati had no idea that the FBI was listening to his phone calls. Otherwise he would probably not have described his arrest and detention of an innocent black New Yorker in the manner he did.

Daragjati boasted to a woman friend that, while on patrol in Staten Island, he had “fried another nigger”. It was “no big deal”, he added. The FBI, which had been investigating another matter, then tried to work out what had happened.

According to court documents released in New York, Daragjati and his partner had randomly stopped and frisked a black man who had become angry and asked for Daragjati’s name and badge number. Daragjati, 32, and with eight years on the force, had no reason to stop the man, and had found nothing illegal. But he arrested him and fabricated an account of him resisting arrest. The man, now referred to in papers only as John Doe because of fears for his safety, spent two nights in jail. He had merely been walking alone through the neighbourhood.

The shocking story has added to a growing sense that there are serious problems of indiscipline and law-breaking in US police forces. Last week the feminist author Naomi Wolf was arrested outside an awards ceremony in Manhattan. She had been advising Occupy Wall Street protesters of their rights to continue demonstrating outside the event. Instead, as she joined the protest, she was carted off to jail in her evening gown. That incident is only the most high-profile of many apparently illegal police actions around the protests. One senior officer, deputy inspector Anthony Bologna, created headlines worldwide when he pepper-sprayed young women behind a police barricade.

A report from the New York Civil Liberties Union recently looked at police use of Taser stun guns in the state, and revealed that in 60% of incidents where they were used, the incident did not meet the recommended criteria for such a weapon. Some cases involved people already handcuffed and 40% involved “at risk” subjects such as children, the elderly or mentally ill. “This disturbing pattern of misuse and abuse endangers lives,” said the NYCLU’s executive director, Donna Lieberman.

In Los Angeles, officers in the sheriff’s department are accused of physically abusing some prison inmates and having sex with others. An internal report, obtained by the Los Angeles Times, revealed allegations that included beating people visiting relatives in jail. In Pittsburgh, there is the case of Jordan Miles, a high-flying high-school student stopped by three plainclothes policemen. Miles, 18 at the time, was walking to his grandmother’s house and had no idea who the men were, as they did not identify themselves. He ran, but the officers caught him and beat him so badly that he ended up in hospital. He is undergoing neurological treatment for memory problems and has had to drop out of college.

Yet it was Miles who was charged with aggravated assault – a case that a judge later threw out. His mother, Terez Miles, said: “We are no strangers to police brutality in the city of Pittsburgh, but what they did was terrible and then they lied about it.”

Full Article Here -  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/22/police-brutality-charges-us?cat=world&type=article 

Occupy Oakland defies vacate orders

Associated Press
Oct. 22, 2011
OAKLAND, Calif. — Hundreds of anti-Wall Street protesters defiantly remained at their campsite outside Oakland’s City Hall early Saturday, despite a city order to vacate.

As the 10 p.m. time of the city’s ultimatum passed Friday night, Occupy Oakland demonstrators showed no signs of departing as music blasted from the plaza. More protesters arrived with tents as midnight approached.

Earlier, city spokeswoman Karen Boyd said that Oakland gave official notice that the protesters do not have permission to remain overnight and that their encampment is breaking the law. She would not comment on what steps the city would take toward enforcing of the law.

There was no indication of significant police presence early Saturday. A lone Oakland police cruiser seen passing the site around 11:30 p.m. was greeted with waves from protesters.

Many protesters said they have no intentions of leaving even though the city announced Thursday that it can no longer ensure public health and safety at the site.

“I’m not going anywhere. They’re going to have to come and take me away,” said Christopher Dunlap, 23, who said he has been on the City Hall lawn since the first day of the encampment.

Full Article Here – http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-500188_162-20124129/occupy-oakland-defies-vacate-orders/?tag=strip


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Defense Dept. Gave $431 Billion to Contractors After They were Convicted of Fraud

Oct. 22, 2011

In the nation’s capital, crime does pay for defense contractors.
The Department of Defense has admitted that it has rewarded hundreds of companies convicted of fraud with new deals that totaled more than $1.1 trillion.
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), who requested the information from the Pentagon, said,
“The ugly truth is that virtually all of the major defense contractors in this country for years have been engaged in systemic fraudulent behavior, while receiving hundreds of billions of dollars of taxpayer money.”
Examples include Lockheed Martin, which in 2008 paid $10.5 million to settle charges that it defrauded the government by submitting false invoices related to the Titan IV space launch vehicle program. The following year Lockheed pulled in $30.2 billion from the Defense Department.