By Chris Francescani | Reuters – Sun, Mar 18, 2012
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dozens ofwere arrested during the weekend as police cleared 's , where demonstrators had gathered for the struggling movement's six-month anniversary.
The park remained closed on Sunday with a sprinkling of police surrounding it, keeping the area clear while crews cleaned up following Saturday night's protests. A sweep just before midnight, when roughly 300 demonstrators had gathered in the park, capped a day of protests and marching in lower Manhattan.
The protestersbetween Saturday afternoon and early Sunday morning.said it arrested 73
Ed Needham, one of several members of the leaderless movement's press team, said the weekend's flare-up could draw renewed attention to Occupy.
"Every time they use violence to put us down, it only increases the number of people that are empathetic to the cause. It adds fuel to the fire and draws attention to the movement," he said.
"Mayor Bloomberg did us a big help last night in terms of fundraising. But it's not just about the financial aspects - it's not about people writing checks, although they will, it's about people standing up to be counted."
Inspired by the pro-democracy Arab Spring, thetargeted U.S. financial policies they blamed for the yawning income gap between rich and poor in the country, between what they called the 1 percent and the 99 percent. The demonstrators set up camp in Zuccotti Park on September 17 and sparked a wave of protests across the United States.
On Saturday evening, several dozen police ringed the park and watched the crowd. Detective Brian Sessa said no action would be taken as long as the activists made no move to establish a camp.
Shortly after 11:30 p.m., some protesters began to erect tents near the center of the park and police began to move in, according to protester Cari Machet.
When about 100 officers entered the park, dozens of protesters sat on the ground and refused orders to leave. They were then carried out in plastic handcuffs and put in police vehicles.
The park was cleared within 20 minutes and by midnight no protesters remained in its boundaries.
ANNIVERSARY GAMES OF CAT AND MOUSE
Events got under way near midday on Saturday, with street theater troupes performing and guitar players leading sing-alongs. Some boisterous protesters marched through the streets of the financial district, chanting "bankers are gangsters" and cursing at police.
As they have in past marches, protesters led police on a series of cat-and-mouse chases. Marchers at the front of the crowd would suddenly turn down narrow side streets, startling tourists and forcing police to send officers on motor scooters to contain the crowd.
The movement has made headlines for its clashes with police after campsites were set up for months in cities from New York to California. The camps were eventually shut down by authorities citing zoning regulations and public health concerns.
Protester Paul Sylvester, 24, of Massachusetts said he was "thrilled" to be back at the park but said he hoped the movement would begin to crystallize around specific goals.
"We need to be more concrete and specific," he said. Critics say thelacks direction and clear demands.
It continues to draw celebrities, however. On Saturday night, independent filmmaker Michael Moore strode through the park before the police incursion.
"I think it's great that this movement continues to grow," Moore said. "I think the goals are clear. People are concerned that they have no control over their own democracy. They have no control over their own lives.
"This is the beginning. This park is sacred ground for millions across the country."
In New York, the Occupy movement lost significant momentum in November when a pre-dawn sweep broke up the encampment at Zuccotti. Occupy protests in Oakland, California, in January led to police firing tear gas into crowds of protesters and more than 200 were arrested.
(Additional reporting by Christine Kearney; Writing by Dan Burns; Editing by Paul Thomasch and Doina Chiacu)
ZOG is cutting it's own throat. I'm following OWS carefully. There have been other recent demonstrations, and I've been to a local one - with NO arrests. The one I attended received a two inch column in the local paper. No pictures. No TV news. Now here we have one in Jew York City with dozens of arrests and it makes for a big story in both the print media, and TV.
The public doesn't care much about a peaceful demonstration. Now when the cops move in and start busting heads and making arrests, they get VERY interested. All Mayor Jewberg accomplished is to fan the flames and get them lots of free publicity - the type I wish we could get with a public event. The kind of publicity that generates more support for an organization.
The worse things get, the more OWS will grow.
Now I admit that there are a lot of freaks out there with OWS. But there are also plenty of normal folks as well who have had enough of Judeo-Capitalism. Unfortunately, the media focuses on the freaks, rather than the normals. This of course is an attempt to discredit OWS by showing it's all a bunch of weirdos who are probably unemployable to begin with. Besides, the normal people aren't good for ratings. The viewing public likes to see the freakazoids so they can laugh at them when some cop cracks them on their empty skulls and throws them in the paddy wagon.
Yes, the American Communist Party and other Marxist groups are out there. That's why we need to be as well. The regular White folks who are out there need to know there is an alternative to Judeo-Capitalism other than Marxism.
BTW, I hope you all know that Judeo-Capitalism and Marxism were both started by Jews. I believe both systems were created to encourage class warfare, which benefits our enemies. If you can keep the working and middle classes fighting with the lower levels of the upper classes such as regular millionaires (as opposed to multi-million and billionaires), they will never unit against the REAL enemy: The Judeo-Capitalist elites and ZOG itself.
Consider this: Some guy who got lucky and is worth a couple of million dollars is not our real enemy. It's the fat cats, the Bill Gates, the Donald Trumps, the Rupert Murdochs, the Rothschilds. THEY are the enemy and their ZOG puppets, and not some lucky SOB with 3 million bucks and a house at the beach and in the country. But the Judeo-Capitalists would love us to think so. Think about it.