Anti-Capitalism and Occupy Protests, 2011.


Occupy Wall Street protester, New York 4/11/11

See USA timeline and links to updates at end of this article. 

When New York’s Occupy Wall Street camp  was cleared by police at 1 a.m. on 15 November 2011, protesters said they would simply set up camp elsewhere. 147 people were arrested.

The protest was based in the financial district’s  Zuccotti Park – renamed Liberty Square – and was formed two months previously on 17 September. By mid-October 2011 similar protests were happening  in 82 countries in over 1000 cities.  The movement shows no sign of diminishing.

The parallel London protest camp outside St Paul’s Cathedral is currently facing a similar clamp down as are protests that sprang up across the world, including Denver, Boston, London, Frankfurt, Madrid, Rome, Frankfurt, Sarajevo, Stockholm, the Phillipines, Sydney, Hong Kong and countless other places.

The aim of the movement is to draw attention to economic inequalities which otherwise are ignored in dominant capitalist countries.In the USA, evictions similar to the New York one have been conducted in Atlanta, Portland and Salt Lake City. In New York, aside from the arrests, most of the protesters are said to have left without ado. This was in contrast to the protest camps in Oakland, California where police resorted to tear gas and stun grenades to dissolve the crowds.

The Occupy movement’s worldwide protest includes accusations that the richest people do not pay their fair share in taxes , that billions of dollars of bank bailouts have been made allowing banks to resume earning huge profits, that executives continue to get million-dollar bonuses, and that most ordinary people have been stranded with no relief while unemployment rates are rising.

 

 

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The Occupy London Movement  and the Occupy Finsbury Square extension of the protest have their own websites with comprehensive analysis and updates at:   http://occupyLSX.org/     and     http://www.occupylfs.org/

For a timeline of the first three weeks of Occupy London (at St Paul’s) go to  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupy_London

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The following USA update of OWS (the Occupy Wall Street campaign) is copied directly from Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_Occupy_Wall_Street    :

November 16 (day 61) – Arrests took place in Portland, Berkeley, San Francisco (95 protestors arrested that night), St Louis and Los Angeles.

November 17 (Day 62) –

Occupy Wall Street saw crowds of more than 30,000 marching in the streets of New York City. Crowds assembled in and around Zuccotti Park, Union Square, Foley Square, the Brooklyn Bridge, and other locations through the city. [115]

Occupy Boston – Judge issues a restraining order preventing police from evicting protestors. [116]

Occupy Cal – Students at UC Berkeley maintained their re-established encampment.

Occupy Dallas – Camp evicted, 18 arrests. [117]

Occupy Davis and Occupy UC Davis – Students continued their occupation of the administration building and protestors erected tents on the campus quad.

Occupy Los Angeles – at least 30 were arrested. Protestors occupied Bank of America plaza. [118]

Occupy Milwaukee – Occupy protestors shut down the North Avenue bridge.[119]

Occupy Portland – Police in Portland used pepper spray on protestors there. At least 25 arrested on the Steel Bridge.

Occupy Seattle Occupy protestors marched on University Bridge, blocked traffic. [120]

Occupy Spokane – permit issued permitting protestors to camp. [121]

Occupy St. Louis – Approximately 1,000 marched from the Kiener Plaza occupy site to Martin Luther King Bridge, where 14 were arrested for blocking an onramp, and later in the afternoon a group temporarily occupies the old Municipal Courts Building adjacent to city hall and unveils large banners proclaiming “Occupy Everything”.[122]

November 18 (Day 63) – Police stage 2:00 am raid [123] at Occupy Cal. Campus police raid the OccupyDavis encampment in the morning, pepper-spraying multiple students with no provocation [8] In an article “An Uprising With Plenty of Potential” in the New York Times, James B. Stewart suggests that “The issues that spawned the movement — income inequality, money in politics and Wall Street’s influence — were being drowned out by debates over personal hygiene, noise and crime.”[9]

November 19 (Day 64) – Former Philadelphian Police Captain Ray Lewis was arrested at Zuccotti park.[124] Protesters at the University of California, Davis, were pepper sprayed, prompting outrage.[125] Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, suggests OWS protesters “Go Get a Job Right after You Take a Bath.”[126].

November 23 (Day 68) – While giving a speech in New Hampshire, President Obama was interrupted by “The Peoples Mic” by Occupy Wall Street protesters. They said, “Mr. President, Over four thousand peaceful protesters have been arrested.” before the crowd started chanting “Obama!” over them. Afterwards, a protester handed the president a small piece of paper which read “Mr. President: Over 4000 peaceful protesters have been arrested. While bankers continue to destroy the American economy. You must stop the assault on our 1st amendment rights. Your silence sends a message that police brutality is acceptable. Banks got bailed out. We got sold out.” [7]

November 30 (Day 75) – Police enter the Occupy Los Angeles encampment at City Hall and arrest protesters defying an eviction notice.[121]

December 2011

December 1 (Day 76) – Violence erupted at the Occupy San Francisco protests when police officers set up barricades around their encampment. One police officer received a hand injury.[122] Following the altercation, the Occupy San Francisco protesters were offered to move from their waterfront camp to another site.

 

 

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Occupy Wall Street, New York 4/11/11.

The bronze sculpture, Seated Businessman, is by John Seward Johnson II.

Zucotti Park was in fact once known as Liberty Plaza Park.

All photos by P. Morris, in the public domain.

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