On 13 Jul 2011, the group Adbusters released this call: Occupy Wall Street! In Solidarity, and as a response to this call, a planning group was formed <occupywallst.org >, and an info sharing site established. The protests started on Sept. 17.
OccupyWallSt.org is the unofficial de facto online resource for the ongoing protests happening on Wall Street. They are an affinity group committed to doing technical support work for resistance movement and as they say, are not affiliated with Adbusters, anonymous or any other organization.
At first media was quiet about it but last few days it seems that nobody can stop it from being published and the word is out, spreading and reaching global scale. The movement is becoming world wide as the idea is spreading and protests announced in EU and surrounding countries too. Although it is still hard to say the number of protesters involved so far it is becoming more than clear that police is doing its job suppresing the protesters and showing who really has the power to stop the mass.
The image of police, or anyone else, pepper spraying veterans or even confronting them, is “priceless”
On October 1st 2011. army serviceman Ward Reilly posted the following on Facebook:
“I’m heading up there tonight in my dress blues. So far, 15 of my fellow marine buddies are meeting me there, also in Uniform.
I want to send the following message to Wall St and Congress:
I didn’t fight for Wall St. I fought for America. Now it’s Congress’ turn.
My true hope, though, is that we Veterans can act as first line of defense between the police and the protester. If they want to get to some protesters so they can mace them, they will have to get through the Fucking Marine Corps first. Let’s see a cop mace a bunch of decorated war vets.
I apologize now for typos and errors. Typing this on iPhone whilst heading to NYC. We can organize once we’re there. That’s what we do best.If you see someone in uniform, gather together.
A formation will be held tonight at 10PM.
We all took an oath to uphold, protect and defend the constitution of this country. That’s what we will be doing.
Hope to see you there!!”
Reilly added, “Please note…this is from another veteran, NOT ME. (I was Army, he’s a Marine)…and I am on my way to DC, not NYC. :> ….but this is fantastic, and he’s not a VFP guy….just a soldier that is outraged by what we have become in this country, as it should be.
“A LOT of veterans get it,” Reilly stated. “Only one third of one percent of our citizens serve in the military, and we are the ones who sacrifice MUCH, and all we ask in return is that civilians control the people they elect. (miserable failure so far) But …the image of police, or anyone else, pepper spraying veterans or even confronting them, is “priceless” as they say, and will help slap this country into seeing what we have become. (totally insane, politically and police-state-wise). And EXACTLY what I have requested from my brother and sister veterans in DC Oct.6.”
This could be the defining moment that sends the Occupy Wall Street movement into perpetual motion.
This news was first published at www.in5d.com, confirmed at Ward Reilly fb profile.
Occupy wall street protest spread across the country.
“We are unions, students, teachers, veterans, first responders, families, the unemployed and underemployed. We are all races, sexes and creeds. We are the majority. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.” read more at Occupy Wall Street website and occupytogether.org.
UPDATE, 6:07 pm Kristen reports via text: “Now it’s raining. There are still hundreds of us, people are putting backpacks on their fronts, so cops don’t take them when we’re arrested.”
She says that rumors in the crowd include the suggestion that the Lawyers Guild is working on bail money for the arrested protesters and negotiations with the cops. She says, “a friend told me there’s a rumor this is over. It’s not over.”
As for morale? The remaining protesters are huddled together under umbrellas singing “this little light of mine.”
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