This morning, Occupy Wall Street protesters celebrated when New York authorities beat a last-minute retreat from clearing Liberty Plaza – as hundreds of labor and other activists rushed to defend the square.
But at the same time this morning, dozens of state troopers in riot gear cleared out Occupy Denver protests. In cities across the country, Occupy protesters have faced police violence, arrests and forcible removal.
The authorities say we don’t have the proper permits to occupy public spaces. Our permit to occupy is the First Amendment.
Sign the following statement and spread the message and video:
U.S. Hypocrisy about Occupations
To Mayors and Police Chiefs,
OUR PERMIT TO OCCUPY PUBLIC SQUARES AND PARKS IS THE FIRST AMENDMENT, which affirms “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
When people across the Middle East occupied public squares, leaders in Washington mostly cheered those protesters and warned Middle Eastern governments not to use force to clear them. Those other societies don’t have a First Amendment. Yet Washington affirmed the universal right to assembly and protest.
We DO have a First Amendment. The force being used to clear nonviolent protesters from public squares in our country is unacceptable. It must stop.
We are publishing this petition from RootsAction.org to demonstrate our support and stand in solidarity with those who are demonstrating against Wall Street Corruption, a”Do Nothing” Congress, and the not so gradual loss of our federally guaranteed Constitutional Rights since 9/11. President Brack Obama, along with other global leaders praised and stated that the “Arab Spring” was their right as human beings to protest against a system that did not represent the people. We believe that the protests taking place across the United States deserve the same standing – and we don’t need any damn permits – the right to peacefully assemble and protest is guaranteed to all of us by the 1st Amendment – and we DEMAND that these rights be respected. Please click on the link for RootsAction.org and sign their petition as it is displayed above. If you have any doubts that you should sign this petition, please read what is happening in several cities across our nation while I am writing this short article:
Police stage mass eviction of ‘Occupy Denver’ activists; 23 arrested
By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, October 14, 2011
Colorado state police arrested 23 people early this morning, hours after officers began forcibly evicting protesters from the “Occupy Denver” camp in front of the state’s capitol.
Individuals arrested were facing likely charges of “unlawful conduct on public land,” according to The Denver Post. Several others were being charged with assault and impeding traffic.
The video below shows the scene from the early hours of Friday morning.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) claimed on Thursday morning that the police action was needed to ensure the protesters’ health and safety. Following the eviction, police said they plan to maintain a constant presence in the park to prevent protesters from returning.
Protesters have since taken their demonstration to the sidewalks surrounding the park, which are administered by the city.
The video below is from The Denver Post, published Friday, Oct. 14, 2011.
The above example is only one of many that have occurred during these nationwide protests and we believe that as Americans, we have the inherent right to assemble peacefully and protest when our government is representing Corporate America and Special Interest Groups rather than the American people. To receive the latest information on these protests, we recommend that you visit RAW Story, BuzzFlash, Op-Ed News, and other alternative news sites to get the “real picture” of what is going on in the land of the “Free and the Brave.” (Sic).
Zero tolerance in Boston: Police arrest 100 protesters and ‘throw their tents and belongings into bins’