NYPD Raids OWS Livestream Studio, Arrests Volunteers

While about 100 OWSers marched yesterday in protest of the National Defense Authorization Act, several of their comrades were being arrested at their studio in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn. The individuals arrested were volunteers for Globalrevolution.tv, one of the main websites that's been livestreaming Occupy activity.

The Atlantic Wire reports:

The raid Tuesday follows a notice to vacate that police delivered to the Bushwick studio on Monday night. Victoria Sobel, a Global Revolution volunteer, said Vlad Teichberg and a guy named Spike, both of whom maintain the live feed aggregator, had been taken into custody by police, along with four or five others.... 

If you were following along [Tuesday], you may have been startled at about 1:45 p.m. to see the live feed cut away from the street-level action and to the face of Vlad Teichberg, one of the main organizers of Global Revolution. The new shot showed a large, graffittied space where Teichberg and a couple of colleagues were confronting a man they identified as the landlord, who had apparently broken in their door. They put the camera on him, he threatened to call the police, they said he had no right to come into the space by force, and he eventually left. 

But Sobel said that was just the start of the day's conflict. Shortly after the confrontation, the police arrived. "Within the past hour, the police came in and removed people that were inside the studio," she said. "I believe the police just began knocking on the door and saying they would kick the door down and saying they would arrest people on the spot."

The studio where Globalrevolution volunteers were most recently headquartered was part of 13 Thames, a Brooklyn-based art collective.

The livefeed was reportedly down for a time yesterday, but today it appears to be functioning.

Read more about the arrests at the Atlantic Wire

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at January 4, 2012, 8:03am

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