After the policy formulation, coordinated with DHS, was handed down by Bloomy to his “private army,” the NYPD followed orders, scooped OWSers off the streets, evicted them from encampments, and brought a host of charges. As noted, the cases typically go to court and are dismissed, thanks in large part to the National Lawyers Guild (NLG). Occasionally, Occupy returns the favor.
Hence this morning's announcement of a lawsuit against NYPD and the city to recover $47,000 in damages for the books and computers destroyed by the cops as they raided the encampment last November, evicting both protesters and “the People's Library.”
Tuesday morning and the dust begins to clear in Chicago. The “NATO 3” represented by the National Lawyers Guild protest their innocence of plotting violence amidst claims of police entrapment and brutality wgntv.com, with the Guild saying cops itched for confrontation and did not allow easy exit from demonstrations. The NATO 3 meanwhile sit in solitary confinement, the result of a bust that was tipped by informants, occurred without a warrant, and confiscated beer-making materials. Defense lawyers for the accused say they haven't seen the full evidence yet. Msnbc.com, Democracynow.org
Occupy Laugh Riot. NATO kicks off. Putin busts up second camp, jails key Occupier organizer Yashin. Galway streets clear, Volvo Ocean Race too close to call.
Forbes.com may be the rag of the one percent, but there's no question they excel at providing regular coverage of Occupy. Today, Forbes' wag Ken Rapoza talks up the upcoming “Occupy Laugh Riot” scheduled to take place today to coincide with the meeting of the G8. Occupiers can leave comments for Rapoza and he will respond.
Bankers called on the carpet world-wide by Occupy. Some engage protesters. Chicago readies for NATO Conference. Coverage of the Volvo Ocean Race!
File Under : Hey Man, We Can Relate: Moscow's group of Occupiers, aka “Occupy Abai,” is dust as Putin's cops have the eviction drill down : First set a pretext, then a deadline. Next, come early (anywhere from 3 to 6AM usually works), rouse sleepy-headed protesters who typically don't turn in early, send them packing, then raze the camp. Occupy Abai, set up May 9 around a monument to Abai Kunanbayev, a Kazakh poet, says they have a new location, about 2 miles from the city.
This space mentioned yesterday that Occupy's working groups get stiffed by establishment media that favor more sensationalistic stories involving vandalism and alleged violence. However, no sooner do we say it, the New York Daily News profiles a democratic, worker-owned co-op formed from Occupy members that has started a t-shirt print shop on Atlantic Ave in Brooklyn.
The group, OccuCopy says it reserves up to 25% of operating revenues for the purpose of supporting and starting other Occupy-owned businesses (there are several, including a tech venture). By and large, the clients are OWS itself, as well as local non-profits.