Occupy Updates: Protesters Crash Set of Law & Order "Mockupation," Boston Couple Defies Eviction Order by Getting Married
Here are some of the latest updates from the Occupy movement.
--Last night a group of about 60 Occupy Wall Street protesters gathered at their old occupation site, Zuccotti Park, to protest the crew of Law & Order, which had set up a faux OWS encampment at the park to use in an upcoming episode of the show. The "mockupation" had a library, a kitchen, tents, and protest signs, just like the real OWS... except not. Reportedly, it was a pretty bizarre scene, especially after the real OWS protesters shut down filming by chanting and entering the park. The cops ended up rescinding Law & Order's filming permit, and the crew had to dismantle the set and get out of there. Here's a video of the ordeal, with some great protester interviews, via Gothamist:
--Family Guywriter Patrick Meighan has written a blog post detailing his arrest at Occupy LA this week:
As we sat there, encircled, a separate team of LAPD officers used knives to slice open every personal tent in the park. They forcibly removed anyone sleeping inside, and then yanked out and destroyed any personal property inside those tents, scattering the contents across the park.....
Each seated, nonviolent protester beside me who refused to cooperate by unlinking his arms had the following done to him: an LAPD officer would forcibly extend the protestor’s legs, grab his left foot, twist it all the way around and then stomp his boot on the insole, pinning the protestor’s left foot to the pavement, twisted backwards. Then the LAPD officer would grab the protestor’s right foot and twist it all the way the other direction until the non-violent protestor, in incredible agony, would shriek in pain and unlink from his neighbor.
Read his entire account here.
--Half an hour after the recent eviction deadline at Occupy Boston, two occupiers engaged in a "remarkable act of defiance," writes Allison Kilkenny: they got married. And they had about 1,000 fellow occupiers as wedding guests. The groom reportedly proposed via the People's Mic.
--NYU will offer two classes on Occupy Wall Street next semester.
--New York City Congressman Jerrold Nadler has called for a Justice Department investigation into reports of police misconduct at Occupy Wall Street. Predictably, Mayor Bloomberg poopooed the idea, saying "If [Nadler] would spend more time getting us homeland security money, maybe he’d make the streets safer."