Facts so far are: a ruthlessly efficient miltary operation comprised of 1400 riot cops armed with tear gas canisters and batons was roundly praised by the mainstream media as "peaceful'. This ignored the police brutality witnessed including beatings, unlawful arrests and rubber bullets used on protestors and media, while the legitimacy of the second 'unlawful assembly' called at First and Main, and resulting in numerous more arrests, is still called into question. A media pool was established covertly, citing non-existent penal codes to silence the press, while media in the pool were working for the LAPD.
Update No. 4: So KCAL9 was running an awesome aerial live stream of the massive deployment of 1,000-plus LAPD officers from Dodger Stadium to City Hall. But then -- get this -- they reportedly stopped the stream because they had "made an agreement with LAPD not to reveal their tactics," and wanted to protect the integrity of the operation.
The Mayor and LAPD appeared on CNN Live to deny all this, naming my blog and saying that it was untrue. Meanwhile, the 292 arrestees' bail was set extortionately high at 5k. Our TRO was thrown out of court as the judge claimed Carol Sobel of the National Lawyers' Guild had not filed in time.
The next day, Occupiers returning to the West Steps of Solidarity Park from Pershing Square were surrounded by riot cops who seemed on the verge of making arrests. Once they dispersed and our General Assembly of approximately 300 people commenced, Occupiers were told by the fifty or so remaining police oficers surrounding City Hall that if we did not disperse by 10.30pm, they would call unlawful assembly and arrest us again. All arrestees released on OR today were warned that if they returned to City Hall, they would face arrest. A source from the mainstream media sent me this email:
Civil Rights Attorney Cynthia Anderson Barker says: "One condition of OR release is a stay away order from City Hall. We can fight that as the case proceeds."
Forty Occupiers outside the City Metro Jail on Los Angeles and Temple, waiting to greet the arrestees this evening, were again surrounded by around fifty policemen despite being peaceful.
As the numbers of Occupiers across America who have now been jailed, tear gassed, beaten and subject to intimidation and violence in reaction to their peaceful protests reaches into the thousands., the Senate just passed a bill that allowed indefinite detention of American citizens living within the US.
They are afraid of us. They are fighting us. That means we are winning.