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One year ago a small group of predominantly Anarchists sparked a horizontally organized movement to level the playing field in the game of Corporations -vs- The People of the United States. Today we celebrated our success and contemplated our future. We licked old wounds and created new ones. We turned a critical eye to the process that has guided us and acknowledged it's short comings so that our second year of existence will be one of effectiveness even if it means dropping the verb. To Occupy.
I am not a lawyer, nor do i wish to be. However, it is important to address the issue of how not to get yourself, your friends, your family, or loved ones arrested.
It is important to know your rights and know how to defend them, just in case the authorities want to dupe you into framing yourself or others, in order to secure an arrest. Here in the United States we have rights that are built into our constitution, the Fourth Amendment says that, "the right of the people to be secure against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated,” and the Fifth Amendment says that, "no person . . . shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself."
When you are stopped by the authorities, you must identify yourself, and lying to them in this regard will only be trouble in the long run. So identify yourself, but after that, remain silent. If you are in a vehicle, you do not have to roll your windows all the way down and probably shouldn't. If you are asked to step out of your vehicle, make sure your keys are out of the ignition, all windows are up, and lock your vehicle behind you. It is a good idea to always have your vehicle, motor home, r.v. or bus closed and locked when you are not in it. This is because leaving these things open implies consent for entry... and implied consent is sticky territory.
A pair of pre-dawn confrontations between Austin police and Occupy Austin protesters led to 38 arrests Sunday. Most were charged with criminal trespass, Police Chief Art Acevedo said. No injuries were reported. The first confrontation came about 12:30 a.m. Sunday when officers moved to enforce a new rule banning food tables in the City Hall plaza between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Some protesters surrounded the tables with arms linked. Produced for Austin Indymedia by Jeff Zavala. A ZGraphix production. http://zgraphix.org
Behind Police lines I am left in the pouring rain in my power-wheelchair for several more hours, streets and subways blocked watching bus after bus being loaded with arrested Protestors taken to the Detention Center. Hours later I make it to a hotel room. Distributed by Tubemogul.
May 6, 2010 - Al Walaja
Five Arrested as Construction of the Wall Disrupted in alWalaja Four Palestinians and a Canadian solidarity activist were arrested in the in the village of alWalaja south of Jerusalem after protesters blocked bulldozers clearing path for Israel's wall. Six were injured A few dozen people - Palestinians, Israelis and internationals managed to reach the construction site of the Wall in alWalaja, and despite heightened presence of Israeli forces succeeded in blocking the bulldozers. The protesters, who remained completely nonviolent, were assaulted with billy clubs in an attempt to remove them from their lands and allow construction to resume. Five demonstrators, four Palestinians and a Canadian, were violently arrested by Israeli Border Police officers, who used large amounts of pepper-spray in their apprehension. One of the arrestees, whose house is adjacent to the construction site, was arrested after the demonstration had already finished when he was posting Palestinian flags on the path of the wall, near his house. Six demonstrators were injured as a result of Border Police baton charges, including an Israeli photographer who was evacuated to the hospital after receiving a blow to the head. Al-Walaja is an agrarian village of about 2000 people, located south of Jerusalem and West of Bethlehem. Following the 1967 Occupation of the West Bank and the redrawing of the Jerusalem municipal boundaries, roughly half the village was annexed by Israel and included in the ... From: klamathmedia Views: 996 2 ratings Time: 04:51 More in News & Politics
This is the Iraq War Peace Please Protest in Washington, DC. I would say that I could easily exchange footage from any of the other 7 years protest and pretend to have been here except that most of the other 7 were larger. There is an incident in this video that clearly demonstrates why this type of "resistance" will never accomplish anything. See if you can find it.