The “Occupy Wall Street” protests have been happening for over ten days and mass media are still pretty much ignoring the massive event. Despite the fact that the gatherings are overwhelmingly peaceful, several cases of police brutality and mass arrests have been reported. Do you expect anything else from the NYPD, which recently got an “unprecedented” donation of 4.6 million dollars from JP Morgan & Chase to “pay for 1,000 new patrol car laptops, as well as security monitoring software in the NYPD’s main data center”.
To those who say “I don’t see why they’re protesting” and “if you ask them, they don’t even know why they’re protesting”: I agree that some of the protesters might not be great at putting into words the reason of their protest. Maybe the problem is so massively obvious that putting it into a few words to fit news report clip is rather difficult. If you’d ask me, I’d say that they’re protesting against the incredible power of major banks on a democracy that is supposed to be “by the people, for the people”. Some might disagree with the protesters and others might even call them “goddamn hippies” BUT freedom of speech and freedom of gathering are guaranteed by the Constitution and are staples of a healthy democracy. If these rights are “encouraged” in places like Libya and Egypt but violently repressed a few miles from the Statue of Liberty…well there’s some major hypocrisy going on here.
Here’s a video summing up the protests and the unnecessary brutality surrounding them.