This is our live coverage of the days events. Updates will appear below this intro section. Refresh often.
Our own Tim Pool is streaming live from Duarte Square.
Today is an interesting day. It is Bradley Manning’s 24th Birthday. It is the one year anniversary of Bouazizi’s self immolation. It is the third anniversary of the start of OccupyWallSt.
We’re live as Occupy 2.0 begins at Duarte square in NYC. They’re at Canal St and Grand St. Our office is on grand, so while we’ve got two people in the field, I’ll be able to run down myself in an emergency.
We can confirm that the NYPD is continuing to target and intimidate independent journalists. Along with 8 others, John Knefel was arrested by the NYPD for being an inconvenient voice.
Things are tense.
The action begins officially in ten minutes (12:00 PM EST) but there are already about 300 people at Duarte.
Stay with us for constant updates, and follow me @WillMcLeod99 on twitter for a constant photo stream.
(If you don’t have or use twitter, this is a great way to get photos from the action. A lot of them are protected, and I won’t be able to re-upload them quickly enough to get all of them posted in this diary.)
I’ll be able to get some images up, but not all of them, so if you can’t see video, twitter is a great way to get images.
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We have confirmed reports of 50 plus arrests. Tim’s enjoying a few moments of downtime. Hank is in the field, tweeting.
OccupySF has succesfully reoccupied.
We’re trying to confirm whether the NYPD even has Tasers. Initial reports that an organizer named Austin was tazed turned out to be false according to witnesses closer than Tim.
We WILL be back online soon.
Lot of updates:
1. Austin was NOT tazed by the NYPD.
2. Protesters have closed 60 Wall.
3. There is a GA going on now in zuccotti park.
4. People explaining why they were occupying included an Indignado from Spain, and a grandmother of five, who said she was occupying because she wanted her grandchildren to be proud of her country, like she was as a child.
5. Hank is heading into the field as we speak.
6. Tim is taking a break.
Expect streaming to be back soon.
Henry Ferry is returning to HQ temporarily to swap batteries. He’ll be back in the field soon.
Tourists are walking by, yelling “POLICE STATE!”
Police: “Keep shopping, you’ll be fine. Don’t worry.”
Protesters in times square are dancing.
“Wall Street Times Square, occupy everywhere!”
The people being kicked off the red stairs are tourists. The protesters haven’t reached the red stairs yet.
There’s been a call to march on 60 Wall.
One protester, Austin, has been tazed. I don’t think it’s Austin Hill.
I can confirm mounted police on location.
For the second time today, a credentialed cameraman for Democracy Now has been beaten by the police. This time with batons. Henry Ferry and Tim Pool were both just shoved by the police.
The police are marching now, attempting to keep protesters out of the streets. Tim pool witnessed police punch a man, unprovoked.
Protesters broke through the kettling Net. The NYPD let them go. They’re back in the streets now.
Mass arrests in progress. Police have kettled a large number of protesters and are not allowing them to leave.
Skirmishes in the streets continue. Multiple arrests have been made. We’ve watched several acts of violence. Police have been ramming protesters with scooters. The police have blocked of certain areas.
Confirmed: Kettling net has been pulled out. The police have blocked off the entire area.
We’ve seen multiple arrests.
We’ve also identified the man who kidney punched a journalist three times:
Sgt. Iaquinto, badge number 2253.
Protesters have walked around an NYPD scooter wall.
Statement by Reverend Dr. James H. Cooper, Rector of Trinity Church
December 17, 2011
We are saddened that OWS protestors chose to ignore yesterday’s messages from Archbishop Tutu, from the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Katharine Jefferts Schori, and from Bishop of New York Mark S. Sisk. Bishop Tutu said: “In a country where all people can vote and Trinity’s door to dialogue is open, it is not necessary to forcibly break into property.” The Presiding Bishop said: “Other facilities of Trinity continue to be open to support the Occupy movement, for which I give great thanks. It is regrettable that Occupy members feel it is necessary to provoke potential legal and police action by attempting to trespass on other parish property…I would urge all concerned to stand down and seek justice in ways that do not further alienate potential allies.” Bishop Sisk said: “The movement should not be used to justify breaking the law nor is it necessary to break into property for the movement to continue.”
OWS protestors call out for social and economic justice; Trinity has been supporting these goals for more than 300 years. The protestors say they want to improve housing and economic development; Trinity is actively engaged in such efforts in the poorest neighborhoods in New York City and indeed around the world. We do not, however, believe that erecting a tent city at Duarte Square enhances their mission or ours. The vacant lot has no facilities to sustain a winter encampment. In good conscience and faith, we strongly believe to do so would be wrong, unsafe, unhealthy, and potentially injurious. We will continue to provide places of refuge and the responsible use of our facilities in the Wall Street area. We are gratified by the support we have received from so many in the community.
-The Rev. Dr. James H. Cooper, Rector of Trinity Church
Police and Protesters have been playing cat and mouse in the streets of NYC. The police are following the protesters on scooters. The protesters have been changing direction and sprinting away. Most streets in NYC are one-way. This forces the police to change directions, our attempt to loop around. They have decided to drive the wrong way down one way streets several times. Protesters are in and out of the streets.0
The first person to scale the fence today was retired episcopal bishop George Packard. Here, he explains why: http://t.co/…
“Trinity might mobilize platoons of police in riot gear and ring this sad little space with multiple barricades. No room in this Inn!
It’s one thing to write about this but to come face-to-face with hundreds of expressionless cops with batons protecting a church-owned haven is to be in some mythological drama out of C.S. Lewis.
I plan to be with the marchers on Saturday not because I don’t like and respect the Rector, the staff, and all the work of this historic parish. I believe they are making a profoundly wrong decision in this matter. Certainly they could record what they think is a trespass on the property with a note to the Occupiers but then have the grace to look the other way.”
Occupiers will march on a second location.
They’re calling it Perseus on twitter. Even I don’t know where they’re going.
The sidewalk is now closed:
Henry James Ferry: I just asked why the sidewalk is being closed. NYPD Officer: “There’s no reason to stand out here in the freezing cold..” #OWS #D17
Attacks and intimidation of journalists are continuing. Journalists tweet:
Andrew Katz @katz One NYPD officer acknowledged my @columbiajourn press credentials and let me through barricade. Five minutes later others didn’t #D17
Ryan Devereaux @RDevro 15m I’m a small guy. The cop that assaulted me is probably about 6’5″, 250. One man is bleeding from the head right now, hit by a cop. #ows #D17
Ryan Devereaux @RDevro 20m My colleague, a credentialed cameraman, was punched in the kidney three times. #D17 #ows
Anjali Kamat @anjucomet 19m Two former colleagues from @democracynow with press passes got punched by nypd #ows #d17
Protesters scaling fence:
Protesters are singing the imperial march, dark vader’s theme song, at the police.
Vet “I had a lot more bullets shot at me in Nam than you ever will! Don’t you be clubbin’ us!”
The fence is broken. It looks like they didn’t cement it into the ground. Police have arrested everyone inside the lot. We’re still on the ground.
Protesters have scaled the fence and are IN the lot owned by Trinity Church. The occupiers, at the end of the march, scaled the fence next to Duarte square, entering a vacant lot owned by trinity church.
A march will begin shortly.
Global Rev claims that the NYPD is threatening someone who is allowing streamers to take a top down view of duarte:
“@GlobalRevLive Police Threaten Tenant of host of Aierial View for #occupynyc for #d17 if you have view and can host dm @globalrevlive asap. #ows”
That was weird. Someone just pretend scaled fence, climbed up, and police, some standing near, didn’t even move in. One turned his back.
Now multiple ppl pretending to climb fence. One TARU came over to be present. He walked into crowd, crowd followed him, he walked away #d17
Jesse LaGreca: “These people lie for a living. When they say that we can cut taxes and increase revenue, it’s a lie. If I’m a chef, and you tell me to make you a soup, but say ‘I want you to use half the ingredients and come up with twice the ingredients’ I’d say “I’m a chef, not a magician!” Their math just doesn’t work.”
Doctors at Duarte demand Medicare for All.
This image of a police van at a carwash was taken about a block from Duarte.
Josh Harkinson: “Gotta look good for the big day!”
Disorder Control Unit from the NYPD is on the scene.
People are reporting a large and growing police presence.
@Siobhan99 tweets this image of the occupy kids:
1:52: OWS Kitchen hands out sandwiches:
“Where’s the kitchen?” asked one occupier. “We’re EVERYWHERE!” she answered.
1:47 AM PT: The scene at Duarte:
1:44: The group at Duarte continues to grow, and has now reached 500.
1:41: A child wearing an occupy sign plays at Duarte square:
Hunger strikers are looking forward to their first meal in days as the encampment reconvenes at Duarte Square.
Rep. Keith Ellison told us he has joined in a hunger strike with Occupy DC’s strikers, who are demanding DC Statehood.
Occupy Memphis rally begins for #D17.
This national day of action is seeing solidarity events around the country.
Occupy Clergy speak at Duarte Square.
To quote Jesse LaGreca “We’re talking about feeding the poor, treating the sick, you know: Jesus Stuff.” Charlie Rangel mentioned to Jesse LaGreca and other occupiers in DC yesterday that he was frustrated with certain religious leaders for not throwing their voices fully behind Occupy Wall St.
There are plenty of non-famous religious leaders who have.
We can confirm that a Methodist Minister was arrested at #d12 in Oakland. I can’t get the name or church yet, but I’ll update you when I have more info.
Clergy have been part of the Occupy movement since the beginning.
Another interesting group call themselves the Tranarchists. Transgender Anarchists. They’re pretty cool. I’m hoping they make an appearance today.
1:03 AM PT: Occupy Miami is demonstrating against sweatshops outside of Banana Republic for #D17.
12:36 AM PT: Allison Kilkenny: “I think this might break the “No Rally” rule.”
12:31: A few mic checks have been made already, as the crowd continues to grow down at Duarte Square, named for the founder of the Dominican Republic.
12:20: “Hipster Cop” has confirmed that there is now a “No Rallying Rule” in NYC. This is confirmed by Huffpo Blogger Allison Kilkenny, who I consider a trustworthy source.
No Rallying, No Peaceful Assembly, No First Amendment.