Just in case you felt like raising your fist in the air old school. I shot this at about 2AM on Wednesday, Nov 30 2011, while the cops were arresting the last of the holdouts in front of city hall. The footage was shot on a Canon 7D with an 11mm Lens. Shortly after this the cops rushed us back, though we had been informed that they were flanking us to box us in the block (which would have been easy), fortunately it seemed that everyone (or at least most people) got away safe. We were on the side of the protest where they really didn't want us: on the route they were taking the busses full of protestors to jail. They were careful to take the busses out 1 or two at a time, so I couldn't get any iconic footage of lines and lines of bussed like boxcars taking people to jail for having the temerity to take the Bill of Rights seriously.
Getting this close to City Hall required walking around the permitter for at least a mile and then along with a crowd of about 100 slipping bast a police blockade and marching/running down to the main crowd left on the South East corner of City Hall, next to the media trucks.
Compared to other evictions I will credit the police and their leadership for showing restraint. We were not tear-gassed, I saw no one get beat up. I cannot speak for what happened inside the park but in relation to what friends of mine experienced in Oakland recently I feel that we were fortunate that neither side allowed the situation to erupt into violence.
Still, it doesn't matter so much how exactly "how" they use force. The real problem is that they use it at all. The real problem is that they can. The real problem is that if they can push us around on public land and label by fiat our protest as an "illegal gathering" and simply walk over our right to free assembly - even if they do it gently - then we are not free.
Until the powers that control this little fantasy we call a society fear and respect us as much as they do themselves and do not feel at liberty to simply take away what we were told so many times were unalienable rights or stack the odds lethally against us, then we are not free.
I don't know if it ever was, and if it was I don't know exactly when it stopped, but this isn't America anymore.
Can you live with that?
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