Occupy Chicago: Now go home
“We condemn (Emanuel’s) gross violation of the human rights of those arrested.” (Occupy Chicago Protester/Chicago Tribune)
CHICAGO, October 24, 2011—Last night, Chicago Police moved in to make arrests at Occupy Chicago. Usually in the evening, the protesters move to a plaza in Grant Park for their General Assembly meeting. They attempt to stay put for the night. At around 1A.M. the police move in, ask them to leave, and arrest those who refuse.
They are not being dragged, beaten, tortured, or thrown into crowded dungeons to sit in filth and squalor. None are dragged from their cells and executed as an example to others. Those are real human rights violations. Continue reading this article at washingtontimes.com. Then return here and check out the next one.
The following article by Tula Connell appeared on the AFL-CIA Now Blog. Ms. Connell used to write for the SEIU (and OPEIU member), and now blogs under the title of AFL-CIO managing editor. Here is the link to the actual article: http://blog.aflcio.org/2011/10/24/police-arrest-130-tear-down-first-aid-station-at-occupy-chicago/.
The text of this article also appears below. One can easily see the perspective of the author. My comments, or should I say counterpoints are in bold.
Police Arrest 130, Tear Down First Aid Station at Occupy Chicago
Over the weekend, Chicago police tore down a first aid station at Occupy Chicago, and nurses were among the 130 protesters arrested in a massive sweep against those taking a stance against Wall Street greed [Is that what they were doing? I thought they were violating Chicago city ordinances].
About 1,500 people gathered Saturday in Grant Park hoping to make it the movement’s permanent home [It is illegal for a hoard of prostesters to make a city park their permanent home] , according to the Washington Post.
Along the way, marchers chanted “Banks got bailed out, we got sold out!” and held signs that read “Greed Sucks” and “No War But The Class War” while police on horses blocked them from walking on the street on Michigan Avenue, leaving them with just the sidewalks to occupy [Just the sidewalks? Excuse me, but the sidewalks are for walking, not the street where traffic would be tied up and the protesters’ safety would be jeopardized].
The protest was peaceful, but demonstrators were taken away one by one and handcuffed with white plastic ties. As the Post noted, some on the scene shouted: “This is what democracy looks like!” [Yes it is. The protesters were breaking the law and were arrested when they refused to heed the warnings of the police]
Paulina Jasczuk, a 24-year-old dental receptionist, watched as her boyfriend, Philip Devon, was led away in the night hours. She threw him a white sweater against the chill of a fall night in Chicago. [How poetic].
“I’m proud of everyone who got arrested tonight,” she told AP, adding she hoped they would inspire more demonstrators to join in the movement in the weeks ahead.
Protesting the arrests and destruction of the first aid station, nurses and their allies [I wonder if those “allies” also belong to National Nurses United?] picketed outside the mayor’s office at City Hall this morning. From the Washington Post:
“This movement will not be a serious movement until we take a stand, and getting arrested is just one way of taking a stand,” said Max Farrar, 20, a junior political science major [Has he studied the Constitution or are they desecrating them along with the American flags?] at DePaul University, speaking Saturday to a reporter.
National Nurses United (NNU) also has first aid stations at Occupy protests in New York’s Zuccotti Park, as well as in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Detroit and plan more in coming days.