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Occupy the Capitol, Olympia, WA. Nov28 (blog.seattlepi.com)

     At least 4 protesters, out of thousands (est. 2,000) in attendance of Occupy the capitol were arrested yesterday Nov 28. The protesters which included state workers, teachers, students, and Occupy Olympia participants gathered at the capitol building to protest proposed budget cuts to education, social services, and healthcare in the state. These budget cuts were proposed by Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire, according to The Associated Press. The overall peaceful protests starting in the morning lasted until around 7pm when Olympia police gave a warning for protesters to clear the building for closing.

    According to RawStory “At 7pm state troopers began forcibly removing the 100 protesters that remained in the building. Washington State Patrol Sgt. J.J. Gundermann said that 30 people received trespassing citations and three were arrested. A fourth protester had been arrested earlier in the day.The protesters who were given trespassing citations will not be able to return to the Capitol building or the Occupy encampment at Heritage Park for 30 days.”

   During the time that the capitol building had been closed a number of protesters rushed the building to regain entry and were tased. Patrol spokesman Dan Coon told The Olympian. “[T]hey used it almost for their own safety to keep the crowd back. … They said it was absolutely necessary to keep the troopers at the door from being trampled … and keep more people from coming into the building.”

    This video shows protesters attempting to regain entry to the capitol building and a police officer tasing them back. http://youtu.be/WuMwGgvtLh4

    People’s mic was called to rally protesters to form a human chain around the bus where the detainees were taken. The protesters formed a human chain around the bus chanting “Who’s bus? Our bus!” and held it before police officers broke the human chain, by pushing protesters apart, allowing the bus to progress forward. The next tactic called by protesters to stop progression of the bus was to sit and lay in the middle of the road. The police picked protesters up off of the ground and returned them to the sidewalk. Later the protesters attempted to create a “dog pile” of people which was also broken up by the police. (as seen in minute 7:18 http://youtu.be/YZXff85rMuc) Some citizen journalists are reporting that bystanders were tased as they walked with the bus attempting to stop it. (This video claims it at minute 3:49 http://youtu.be/w8uNP6sHmE4)  I was not able to find clear video of bystanders being tased but you are able to hear the sound of a taser in this video at minute 9:00 http://youtu.be/YZXff85rMuc.

The first hand account from a protester obtained by Trevor Griffey of
blog.Seattlepi.com Said this:

“about 75 or so people (I’m bad with numbers, could have been 50 or 100) linked arms around the bus to prevent it from leaving. It didn’t take long for the cops to get really violent. There were probably about 20 cops at least. They pushed from in front of the line (on the bus side) and others grabbed us from behind and threw us down. They tried to hold us in place as the bus started moving but we broke loose and tried to regroup in front of the bus to stop it but there were so many police at this point it was hard to re-form a line. We were making scattered attempts to link arms, lie down in front, and lie down in piles. They cleared the way, trying to scare people by being very brutal. I watched my friend get tackled by a fat bald cop and get punched in the face. I got picked up and thrown down several times. I think everyone did. Several of us tried to move a picnic table to use as a barricade but it got overrun. Then the cops got their tasers out. Tasers, with their red laser sights and bright blue electric sparks, are incredibly intimidating. I watched at least 3 or 4 people get tasered right in front of me. One guy was lying face down in the road. 3 or 4 cops ran over to him, surrounded him, and wouldn’t let him get out for at least 10 or 15 seconds as one of the cops tasered him over and over. Eventually they got the bus out after traveling a couple hundred yards and us fighting the whole way.”

He concluded simply, “We will be back. Re-group for tomorrow.”

To find out what else OccupyOlympia is up to check out their Calendar of events here: http://occupyolympia.org/events/

OccupyOlympia on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OccupyOlympia

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Raw Story: Tasers come out for ‘Occupy Olympia’ protesters


Police body slam leaves grandpa bloody, unconscious at Wal-Mart #OBF #blackfriday

“Hundreds of people marched Saturday near Wall Street in New York, but the city thwarted their bid to descend into the heart of global finance itself to protest greed, corruption and budget cuts.

Protesters had planned to stake out Wall Street until their anger over a financial system they say favors the rich and powerful was heard, but police blocked all the streets near the New York Stock Exchange and Federal Hall in Lower Manhattan long before they arrived.

“The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99 Percent that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the one percent,” said a statement on the website Occupy Wall Street. The movement was launched by the online magazine Adbusters in July.

Organizers hoped to turn all of Lower Manhattan into an “American Tahrir Square,” in reference to the public town square in Cairo that became the focal point of protests that ousted Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak in February.

By noon, about 700 people, many carrying backpacks and sleeping bags, had gathered near Wall Street to search for a place to camp amid a heavy police presence. That was far less than the 20,000 Adbusters had hoped to see “flood” the neighborhood for a months-long occupation.

“This is a protest against corporate greed and we come to Wall Street because Wall Street is the Ground Zero for corporate greed,” said Julia River Hitt, a 22-year-old philosophy student, explaining that most of the organizing took place online.

“We are here just to say we are fed up, we are not gonna take it anymore.”

Banners brandished in Trinity Place, the site finally chosen by the protesters some 1,000 feet (300 meters) from Wall Street, read “No more corruption,” “Stop the cuts” and “Wall St Greed, New Yorkers say enough.”

The protest came as the United States struggles to overcome an economic crisis marked by a huge budget deficit that has triggered cuts in the public service sector while unemployment hovers stubbornly above nine percent.

“There’s a war in Libya, there’s a war in Afghanistan, there’s a war in Iraq and we have cuts in education, social programs,” said a masked protester who declined to be identified.

“We know where the money is going! Revolution in America!”~Source:RawStory