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Test Run Of Occupy Chicago

Why was it attacked?

Occupiers from across the middle of America are gathering in St. Louis, Missouri this weekend for an Occupy the Midwest regional summit that will build connections and lay the foundation for May’s #OCCUPYCHICAGO swarms and #LAUGHRIOT jams. Yesterday, on the first day of the summit occupiers attempted to set up an encampment in a local park. It was a bold move, and one that sets the stage for attempts that will be made in Chicago. The police reacted swiftly and brutally. Eyewitnesses report that tazers were used, a dozen arrests were made, and several occupiers were led away with their faces covered in blood. The video below shows a mob of billy-club wielding, disorganized cops descending on the encampment, ripping up tents and arresting people.

Watch this video summary of the day’s events and discuss below your strategies for how the movement can overcome police repression in May.

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Anonymous

agreed the tea party is nothing like the 99% i would be ashamed to call myself if we were affiliated with corporations like the koch brothers

Anonymous

Since the Cops are severely beating anybody that so much as tries to sit cross-legged in a park while covering their head with a newspaper from the rain:

This may have to turn into a permantly mobile way of doing things. In other words non-stop.
marching only in the streets with mobile tarpaulines to protects large groups from the rain
and possibly mobile (on wheels) rest platforms for the tired, elderly and handicapped.
So permantly on the street walking round and round without stopping for more than a little
In any one particular location.

Anonymous

Ok..

If you protest at night chanting while people are trying to sleep you probably will be arrested for "disturbing the peace". I know that's kind of ironic if what's happening gives you nightmares and the ones causing it can't be arrested but think about it some people's children are trying to sleep. The cops in the above said video at least acted with a lot more professionalism than I've seen in other videos. I have read articles too where officers acting out of line are reprimanded for inappropriate actions. However, some protests do bring to light that there does seem to be a problem going on with police depts. in some areas.

Another thing to consider is, a lot of cities right now have budget deficits and the people who pay the police force are us citizens for the most part not the 1%. So basically, a whole lot of the people you call the 99% are the ones who are paying for the police to come out in the riot gear whether they agree with it or not. And trust me, I am sure that the police would rather be out catching real criminals than having to suit up to try and do crowd control while upset people rant and rave. As justified as being "upset" about the state of things at this point may be, I don't know if protests are the answer as much as doing things which support the 99% and help our state and national governments get back on track with what's important rather than getting side-tracked with Party differences, Personal Attacks, or maybe them trying to enforce their own personal beliefs upon the Public that just don't match up.

And I don't know if it's just me but the government itself just seems some in federal government are overly paranoid and fearful now and public dissent is probably not helping them to make rational decisions in the best interests of the public. You know when your worried about "terror" everything seems "terrifying". So in the interests of allowing our own government to calm down and the police force to get back to work chasing real criminals... please consider that protests may not be the most effective means. And may be hurting rather than helping. Just saying... consider it. Not that you have to do it.
And what I said is not meant to offend anyone. I just think if you don't want to alienate the rest of the public, shouting and disturbing their kids sleep and assisting in state deficits (additional police force needed for crowd control) is not going to help.

We're in a Republic. When a Republic gets concerned about it's system it goes on "lock down" it doesn't "Free Up". You want more "freedom" then have those that get paranoid as hell when "sh*t hits the fan" learn to calm down and focus, rather than make some decision based on fear.

Understand that half the reason our government is the way it is right now is due to the "Terrorism" that happened on our own soil and that happens everywhere else... the more you look "anti-government" or like your instigating people to act defiantly in a way that might cause people to get hurt, the more paranoid the government is going to get that you may be a Terrorist or assisting them.

The majority of us really know that overall "things suck right now" in certain areas...
But is what we really need protest? Or is it for people to start working together and coming up with actionable things people can do to make things change in a positive direction, that comes across to our local and national governments as a good idea and something to adopt. Right now it seems like fed. government overall feels Occupy is more of a distraction and an annoyance, with all it has on it's plate to handle. So is it really effective? Are you really getting through? I just feel Occupy needs to consider it's strategy at this point and what it's goals are if it really wants to keep public support.

Especially since I really don't support public deficit brought about by protests and keeping little kids up at night and making them sleepy for school the next day.

That being said, I don't think it's money that's evil, it's the person who uses it and what they use it for that gives it that feeling. Objects don't have the ability to decide what they are used for, people do.

Anonymous

"Professionalism"? You think these Pigs acted with "professionalism"? "Professional" THUGS, maybe...

I was there. I stood 3-maybe 4 people away from the first brother to be tackled by a pig - someone who wasn't even chanting or participating in our protest, he was leaving but he got tackled and given a concussion and had his jaw messed up by a Pigs hitting him with a nightstick, kicking him in the face, punching and elbowing him when he was already down on his stomach and limp. All the while they screamed "stop resisting arrest!"

The people in the community trying to sleep? They came out onto the sidewalks and chanted against the police, supported us; one - a middle aged woman who does charity work and lives in the community - became one of the arrestees when she walked down from her porch and calmly told the police commander that she was uncomfortable with what she was seeing the police do to us. They arrested her for her speech - nothing else. We were all arrested and several of us beaten for our speech.

There was NO provocation to attack us as we complied with the police order - we were LEAVING the park, and taking our tents with us. There is NO professionalism and NO justification for bloodying two of our people - who wound up needing staples in the back of their heads and stitches all over their faces. We were beaten and arrested on bogus charges for the "crime" of FREE-SPEECH. NONE of us were charged with curfew violation, instead we faced bogus charges of "refusing a police order" - BUT WE WERE COMPLYING when we left the park!

How is it "professional" for the pigs to play basketball with my skull on the back wall of a paddywagon, or for them to try and shove a thumb up my rectum during a frisk on the side of the street? I was arrested while backing away from the police line, "dispersing", I was arrested because I asked the officer who later violated me during frisk and slammed my head into a wall "ARE YOU PROUD OF WHAT YOU'RE DOING? WHO DO YOU SERVE? WHO DO YOU PROTECT?"

How is it "professional" of the pigs to pepper-spray and beat journalists who were recording their brutality, deploying tazers and slamming several young independent journalists face-down into concrete, leaving them with facial scars?

I'm really serious, I wanna know - being as you seem so informed as to what "really" happened that you can make a judgement call that the pigs acted with "professionalism"? What ONE thing did they do that night that was "professional" other than professional thuggery? Name just ONE thing for me, please...

My name is Paul Joseph Poposky. You can find me online I am an organizer and participant in Occupy StL and Occupy the Midwest, if you want confirmation of my identity.

Anonymous

Paul, thank you so much for your post. Reading your response reminded me of why we are standing up to the system. The person you responded to had me lulled into a false sense of righteousness and compliance. I realized how easy it is to be swayed into protecting the oppressors by feeling aligned with another individual. It scared me to know how gullible I can be. Whew! Thank goodness for you and your account of a really horrific experience, it seems I have to wake up on a regular basis. I appreciate all of your efforts and the efforts of all Occupiers for standing up for us all. We have lost our democracy to the corporate elite and profit interests. They will no longer control us, we will be victorious!.

Anonymous

Feeling aligned with another individual is exactly the point of Occupy. Cancer stage capitalism is alienating all of us from each other and making us feel as if we, the average Joes, have to compete against each other to survive when it is really the corporate/political/media/military masters we should be competing against. If my detection of a note of sarcasm in your reply was mistaken, please inform me, but i do not believe it was.

Anonymous

Authoritarian, much? Let me get you straight- the government is trying to quell anarchic protest with authoritarian repression. Therefore, in order to placate the government and end said repression, we should internalize that repression and sit down and be quiet? No, sir, protest is exactly what is required in this situation. Retreat will only embolden the authoritarians and their allies like you.

April Streich

Occupy the Midwest was not a test run for Occupy Chicago. It was a regional summit for Midwestern occupations. Don't co-opt us, bro.

Anonymous

This is absolutely true. I helped organize this and that was never our intention. HOWEVER, we learned a ton of tactical things about this encampment and will apply it moving forward. We experimented we a few things and it seemed the police were doing the same. Solidarity! See you in Chicago.

Anonymous

I could tell that the intention was not to really disturb people.
Organizing people it's really hard to get everyone on the same page.
Then once you do you might feel too institutionalized.
So many different personalities! Some more crazy than others.
Part of the fun and also part of the frustration at times!
lol, I guess that's why I don't assemble.
People will do as they will. It's the beauty and the b*tch of it.
Just be careful and alert all around.
Whether it's people inside or outside of your movement.

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