According to @occupyarrests, as of yesterday, 2,428 people had been arrested nationwide since the start of Occupy Wall Street.
Around 5:00 am this morning (10/25/11) hundreds of riot gear clad Oakland police stormed the Oakland Occupy Wall Street encampment. Reportedly using flash grenades, rubber bullets and tear gas they cleared the area of tents and arrested 70 people. According to legal observer Marcus Kryshka (see Marcus’ video), the police came in very quickly and denied media and legal observers access to the area.
The Occupy Wall Street movement has been remarkably peaceful. The 200 occupiers in Oakland were no less so. It is pretty clear that neither our government nor Wall Street is getting the very clear message from the 99% of us about who we think should be arrested. “One thing we can still be proud of is that America hasn’t yet managed to achieve the highest incarceration rate in history — that honor still goes to the Soviets in the Stalin/Gulag era. But we do still have about 2.3 million people in jail in America.
Virtually all 2.3 million of those prisoners come from “the 99%.” Here is the number of bankers who have gone to jail for crimes related to the financial crisis: 0.
The game is rigged and we know it.
Express your outrage at what happened this morning to Occupy Oakland by calling Mayor Jean Quan’s communications director Sue Piper, Special Assistant to the Mayor for Communications,
Office phone: (510) 238-7439
Cell phone: (510) 499-8933
Email is preferable: SPiper@oaklandnet.com
Or on the web: http://www.oaklandnet.com/contactmayor.asp