And how did they do it? “Part of what helped was massive public support from a crowd that stayed until the end, an audible narrative that was repeated by the crowd of what was taking place, cameras everywhere, the presence of newsmen, and the fact that the police actions were in violation of the United States and California Constitutions.”
Thanks to opednews.com.
In chants that were led over microphones and bull horns, protesters echoed the events that as they occurred and demanded the police allow Jones to be treated by Lisa. Finally the officers gave in. Lisa checked him over and placed a blanket over the visibly convulsing man.
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A fire truck arrived with paramedics for Jones but officers again tried to turn the professionals away. Eventually, the Fire Department paramedics were allowed through the crowd and removed Jones by stretcher from the area and drove him to a hospital.
The police offered those inside the circle a way out. They could escape arrest if they would sign an agreement not to come back to the park. The arrestees chose to stand on their First Amendment rights. The crowd applauded their courage.
A man tried to enter the circle of officers and was beaten to the ground. Officers violently knocked down a couple of women. One of the woman asked not to be photographed. Kim Beavers had a bleeding nose as a result of the violence.
A line of officers showed up on motorcycles, looking menacing. Barricades were placed around the larger crowd of more than a thousand, many of whom were holding cameras. The onlookers included people from various walks of life. Various unions were represented. The Lawyers Guild was present. The Patrick Henry Democratic Club of America was well represented. The thousand plus people present included at least two California Democratic Party Central Committee members. Some wondered if the whole town would be arrested.
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After about ten to fifteen minutes of looking menacing, the line of motorcycle officers drove off. Suddenly, the circle of officers that surrounded the arrestees also left. The inner circle of protesters simply signed acknowledgments that they had been in custody and had been released.
The occupiers retook the park. The crowd considered it a victory for OWS/OSF.
Part of what helped was massive public support from a crowd that stayed until the end, an audible narrative that was repeated by the crowd of what was taking place, cameras everywhere, the presence of newsmen, and the fact that the police actions were in violation of the United States and California Constitutions.
The people of San Francisco have proven that the public can stand up against unlawful government actions and against brute force and win.
From San Francisco to all of America, the message is clear: the 99% must stand together and not give in until victory over Wall Street is achieved.