Remember when Don Lemon of CNN decried police action against NATO protesters with the comment “Does anyone deserve this” to video of police hitting people with batons?
Don Lemon admits that he doesn’t know what prompted the reaction, yet makes the comment anyway.
Hey Don, perhaps you missed this video, shot from a different angle and not edited like the one that you had. This contains the precipitating attack by Occupiers. Notice in the middle of the screen as a black shield is passed to the front at :07, then a red shield. Then long poles/sticks. Notice how they begin to clump up to form a tight mass, one adjusts his scarf mask, and another man in a green shirt steps out, knowing what is coming and not wanting to be involved. They know what is coming. All the while, black bloc member is up front distracting (seemingly) the cops from the preparation movements. They then charge the cops.
Even as they are pushed back by cops, you can see Occupiers with sticks continuing to hit and kick out at the police. Others continue to throw sticks and bottles at the police. You can also see some seek to “de-arrest” one member, trying to grab him from police custody.
This has been a typical tactic-to precipitate action and then show the reaction, clipping the provocation. Anything to get that “police brutality” shot.
Does that answer your question, Don?
Cyber War News is reporting this morning DDOS(distributed denial of service) attacks against both the Chicago Police Department and NATO.
The attacks have been aimed at http://chicagopolice.org which is a community information site for the Chicago police. CWN reported the site down, but Citizen Journalist observed it was in operation, so if it was down, it was for a period under an hour.
Transcript provided by Anonymous in description on video:
Greetings fellow citizens of the world, we are AntiS3curityOPS.
While this has come to no surprise, the NATO protests are already reaching a boiling point. As tonight we have already witnessed the Chicago Police Dept sending out a request for two water cannons deployed on Michigan Avenue, which the protesters briefly were able to close of the street completely. Just a few moments ago we witnessed cops on horses seemingly all too content with the destiny that has turned their hearts cold, trampling over protesters trying to intimidate. And you know what we saw during this? Protesters locking arms and holding their ground. A few had Anonymous masks’ on, a few were girls who looked like they belonged safely off on the sidelines bravely charging cops with shields and on horse. All the while the protesters are chanting “Take those animals off those horses”, drowning out any attempts by the Chicago police to get a word in. Everyone of you are hero’s to us.
What we saw tonight watching a bit of the protest was everyday, average people fighting back and finally refusing to stand down. The NATO Summit is being utilized in such a way, and we couldn’t have predicted it more accurately. On the video we saw Mother’s, teenagers, elderly, the anarchists, white, black, hispanic, this movement see’s no skin color. every sort of person is well represented in these actions.
This is not a time to have our differences divide us, this is a time we all need to come together and rally around our brother’s and sister’s bravely in the street’s of Chicago risking their lives to make the one voice they have, heard. If every single one of us has a voice, one opinion, let us unite and show the violent Chicago police, and the government big brother tactic’s that we are not gonna take this.
We are actively engaged in actions against the Chicago Police Deptartment, and encourage anyone to take up the cause and use the AntiS3curityOPS Anonymous banner. For those able, chicagopolice.org should be fired upon as much as possible. We are in your harbor Chicago, and you will not forget us.
So for those unable to engage in attacks online by ddos, share with everyone you know what’s presently going on in Chicago, Tweet celebrities on twitter with the #SolidarityWithChicago #FuckNATO #FTP hashtags and get it trending. Also keep watching the live feed’s, and spreading the live feed links all relevant places. Together, we the people, are gonna take the power back.
We are AntiS3curityOPS.
We are Anonymous.
We are legion.
We do not forget.
We do not forgive.
Chicago Police Deptartment, expect us.
Despite the Anonymous narrative, there were no water canons used, and police were generally very restrained in dealing with the crowd on the street. The transcript refers to people linking and arms and charging the cops. That did occur and was not precipitated by any action on the part of the police other than standing in a line. Police were charged and knocked over. There appeared to be blocs delegated to trying to impede the police from following along with the march, at one point blocking the horses, bikes and at one point slashing tires on a police van, surrounding the van and hitting it.
The attacks have been announced from @AnonAteam twitter account:
The City of Chicago website also seems to be under attack and offline at the moment at cityofchicago.org.
The May 2012 Insurrection:
Tactical briefing #30
Hey you dreamers, strikers and new left redeemers out there,
For thirty-one magical days beginning this Tuesday, May 1, we take the plunge and Strike! We block the Golden Gate Bridge; occupy a Manhattan-bound tunnel; seize the ports. In 115 cities, we march into banks, erect tents and refuse to leave. We disrupt financial institutions forcing thousands to preemptively close. Five thousand of us pray, dance, sleep on Wall Street and in front of the Fed and if the Bloombergs of the world bring out paramilitary police to intimidate us, we use our social media fire to call out 50,000 more occupiers.
In the week before the G8 and NATO summits, we light the spark globally. We occupy hundreds of squares in cities on every continent – from Paris to Berlin, Toronto, to Athens, Sao Paulo, Bucharest and beyond – we up the ante with direct actions that paralyze capitalism. For a few days, maybe for a full month, we act as if we already live in a world run by people, not corporations.
Our movement goes geopolitical later in May. We swarm Chicago and confront NATO. We tell the military elites there to stop their saber rattling against Iran, halt the global arms race and get behind what the majority of the people on Earth want: a nuclear-free world starting with a nuclear-free Middle East that includes both Iran and Israel.
And then when the G8 leaders meet in Camp David, we create a global spectacle the likes of which the world has never seen before … millions of us … individually, in flash groups and en masse, we burst out laughing at the lunacy of the eight most powerful political leaders on the planet thinking they can dictate the people’s business from behind closed doors and barbed wire fences. For one day, we take over the global mindspace with a whirlwind of #LAUGHRIOT jokes. (Like: Why did the G8 chickens cross to Camp David? / Cuz they’re on the other side. haha!) We laugh our heads off on every news broadcast in the world.
May 1968 was the first wildcat general strike in history … it lasted two weeks and was a grand gesture of refusal still remembered, but then it fizzled … maybe this May we won’t?
for the wild,
Culture Jammers HQ
Where was Kalle Lasn and Adbusters with that 50, 000 on Nov 15 when Occupy was evicted from Zuccotti? Or when Occupy broke into the Trinity Church lot and tried to “occupy” it? For that matter, why since his announcement of the “Laughriot” hashtag in March has it been a dead hashtag?
This was posted on OccupyWallSt.org and with only a couple of responses including ”take your ads elsewhere”, another sign of the unhappiness of being dictated to, even by those claim to have started this.
OWS may have some thousands out in the streets on May 1, mostly due to unions and advocacy groups. But it wouldn’t be because of Adbusters.
But while we can chide Adbusters for its hyperbole and posturing, again see clearly what is desired here-an attempt, as they state very clearly, to “paralyze capitalism”.