Occupy Boston raid - again with the media suppression
Occupy Boston was raided this morning around 5 AM. Police did not wear riot gear, but brought in an LRAD (which wasn't used). Occupiers who planned to get arrested reportedly had been doing civil disobediance training for the last few days.
I also wonder about the impact on turnout of the Friday MSM stories claiming that Occupy Boston had already voluntarily closed (with only a few diehard left).
Two things really stuck out for me while watching the raid on livestream and Twitter feeds.
1. Media was again suppressed. 2. Police can be reached.
I'm posting a selection of Tweets focusing mainly on these two points. I'll start with events an hour before the raid.
The raid begins:
5:24 a.m.: The media have been forced to the sidewalk, and the police are restricting the number of video cameras that can approach the group of protesters who remain in the square.
5:50 a.m.: Robin Jacks [caukthewagon], 31, who had been in the encampment since its earliest days, wanted to be arrested even as she Tweeted about the unfolding police raid. Officers declined.
They made me leave,” Jacks told the Globe’s Akilah Johnson, disappointed. “I don’t want to leave. They said just Tweet it.”
A moment of solidarity had passed, and Jacks felt dejected as her friends were led away. “I feel kind of guilty not being arrested with them.”
As a very active and core member of Occupy Boston and its media team, Caulkthewagon probably had considerable prior interaction with members of the BPD. When you've gotten to know someone and they're a decent human being, it's difficult (a least for non-psychopaths) to do harm to them. I also find myself thinking of OakFoSho - police who were treating other protesters abusively backed off when he addressed them - and though this was substantially due to the livefeed, I think his comportment also made a difference - exhibiting fundamental decency, neither fearful nor angry, firm voice, eye contact. That's been my own experience also in protests.
Final note. I saw the headline today on MSNBC "From an Arab Spring to a Russian Winter? Day of protests begins". Notice how they managed to avoid mentioning American Autumn?