We wanted a Tahrir moment, an American Spring, a new vision of the future, and they attacked us in Zuccotti Park on November 15, 2011 in the dead of the night with military precision. The surprise raid began with a media blackout. Our movement's founding encampment was surrounded by riot police, credentialed mainstream journalists who tried to enter were pushed back or arrested, and the airspace was closed to news helicopters. What happened next was a blur of tear gas; a bulldozer; confiscation or destruction of everything in the park; upward of 150 arrests; and the deployment of a Long Range Acoustic Device... No one really knew for sure what happened that night because nearly all video evidence had been suppressed... until now.
Anonymous, the hacktivist movement long allied with Occupy Wall Street, has released 60 hours of secret police footage compiled from 14 different NYPD cameras. Here is their communique:
Citizens of the internet,
Today we release to you a cache of hours Zuccotti park raid footage. Brought to you by the New York Police Department's TARU! As many of you know, the NYPD denied freedom of press the night of the Zuccotti raid by kicking out the media and keeping them two blocks away. They also detained and arrested several journalists. Much of the video being released is edited by the NYPD, and at times the edits are quite blatant, probably trying to cover up their brutality committed November 15th in Zuccotti park.
Surveillance cuts both ways... It can also be used to make the authorities accountable for their actions. As you watch the videos in this archive... We ask you to take down the badge numbers of those that committed crimes against the peaceful occupation protest. If the badge is unclear, that nifty number on their storm trooper helmets is the badge number. Report and makes complaints how you see fit. We ask you to keep an eye out for glitches in tape, timestamp changes, or other things that just are not quite right with the film. Make note of them.
Dictators in other countries have been known to drive street sweepers up and down roads, often for days at a time when they knew a protest is supposed to be taking place there. Sound familiar?
The tactics are the same, the methods are the same, the power, is the same. We ask the people to stand in solidarity with your brothers and sisters around the world.
For our struggle is the same. The struggle for equality, justice, peace and freedom. Your secrets keep me peaceful. Your lies keep me safe. You are satisfied with my ignorance, and you are in control. But we are aware. We are Anonymous We do not forgive. And we do not... Forget.