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Occupy Movement victims of violence: Melbourne to Maine

Occupy Melbourne
By Brenda Norrell
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Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011: Watch for updates

Melbourne police have violently attacked peaceful Occupy protesters, resulting in many injuries. In Portland, Maine, a roadside bomb was thrown at Occupy Maine, fortunately there were no injuries. In Chicago, nurses were among those arrested at Occupy Chicago. Occupy Chicago protesters said they were denied medicine, food and bail, as they faced a second night in jail. Nurses plan a protest in Chicago on Monday.
In Denver, police raided the homes of Occupy Denver members, arresting four people.

Lincoln Park campers were attacked early Sunday morning, around 4am, when the members of the Occupy Maine camp at Lincoln Park woke up to a loud explosion.

[7:01:55 PM] : We posted funds for bail. Cpd refusing to allow us to post bond, forcing protesters to stay overnight for a noncriminal citation and exercising their 1st amendment rights. Arrestees are being denied phone call, legal counsel, food, sleep basic human rights. ~From an occupier
[7:02:11 PM] : I just got a report from an occupier who was in jail - he said that they took away their mattresses, denied a woman her epilepsy medication, denied them their phone call, denied them food, called them homophobic epithets, roughed them up verbally, and are not letting them out for a prolonged period of time. ~Another occupier
National Nurses organization condemns arrest of Occupy Chicago nurses:
Occupy Chicago spends second night in jail, including nurses:,0,6580042.story
Update: Friends, last night 130 fellow occupiers were taken from us as they defended our rights to assemble and free speech. As of 9:30pm Sunday most of our friends have been released, except for 5 people who have pending bond violations because they had been arrested last Saturday as well. They are being held until they go to bond court tomorrow. Locations & details are here, please try to come down at these times and show some support. Occupy Chicago website:

Police inflict shocking injuries:
Occupy Melbourne’s lawyers have 43 statements detailing shocking injuries inflicted by police on peaceful protestors. These include eye-gouging, punches to the face and back of the head and the deployment of pepper spray, including on children. The Occupy Melbourne legal team is still receiving statements.

New York
Canadian special forces agent provocateur leaves wallet behind, exposing identity, after scaling sculpture at Occupy Wall Street:

Twitter Occupy Wall Street Sunday night: "Media Team Members at , now know that they are being followed everywhere they go. Why is that? Wall Street is very scary right now."

Now for some good news ...

92 year old Pete Seeger marched down Broadway to Occupy Columbus Circle in solidarity for the 99% Occupy Wall Street. David Amram, Arlo Guthrie, Tom Chapin, Stephan Said, Matt Emmer, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger sing "This Little Light of Mine" Odetta was there in spirit. "We are the 99%"

Occupy Maine hit with homemade bomb

Occupy Maine hit with homemade chemical bomb
Photo by Occupy Maine
Press statement by Occupy Maine
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PORTLAND, Maine -- Lincoln Park campers were attacked  early Sunday morning, around 4am, when the members of the Occupy Maine camp at Lincoln Park woke up to a loud explosion.
Witnesses who were awake said a car driving by slowed down, and lobbed an IED over the fence. Within a few seconds, it exploded. The blast reportedly lifted a table about a foot off the ground. The table generally requires 2 people to lift and move. The target was the center of camp where the overnight security team was. One witness said this type of bomb could have caused a lot more damage if certain things were added and a lot of campers are fearful of another attack.
Thankfully no one was injured last night but police investigators were on scene for 2 hours to identify the chemicals used and to try to find out who is responsible. The suspect car is said to be a Silver 4-Door Sedan from the late 80s-mid 90s and possibly a Toyota or Nissan and if you have any more information, you are encouraged to contact the Portland Police Department at 207-874-8575. #OccupyMaine Media Team
Press Herald: Homemade bomb, which consisted of chemicals poured into a plastic Gatorade container could have caused serious injury:

National Nurses condemn arrest of Occupy Chicago nurses

 Photo by Abel Mebratu Oct. 22, 2011
Nurses Condemn Chicago Mayor Emmanuel for Arrest of Nurses, Medical Aid

Volunteers at Occupy Chicago, RNs to Picket Mayor’s Office Monday Morning, 10 a.m., nurses among those spending second night in jail Sunday night

Update: Union memberes occupy City Hall on Monday, in protest of arrest of nurses:,0,2421242.story
Press statement
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This press release is from National Nurses United, a number of whose members were among those arrested. This really explodes the idea that the Democrats support the Occupy movement. And Emmanuel is not some lone wolf within the Democratic Party, he used to be Obama's chief of staff and he is one of the most powerful and well connected people in the party.

Registered nurses from across the U.S. today condemned Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel for his decision to arrest nurse volunteers, as well as peaceful protesters, in a late night crackdown Saturday night at the Occupy Chicago protest.

NNU is asking supporters to call Mayor Emmanuel’s office at 312-744-5000 and demand they immediately drop all charges against the nurses and other protesters, and stop the harassment and arrests of the nurses and others peacefully exercising their free speech rights. Nurses will also picket the mayor’s office at 10 a.m. Monday morning, at City Hall at the LaSalle entrance.

Nurse leaders of National Nurses United who set up a nurses’ station to provide basic first aid to Chicago protesters – as NNU has done peacefully in five other cities across the U.S. – were among the some 130 people arrested by Chicago police. The police also tore down the first aid station, and arrested scores of others who had peacefully assembled to support the station.

“Even in wartime, combatants respect the work of nurses and other first responders. Yet Mayor Emmanuel and Chicago seem to care as little about that tradition as they do in protecting the constitutional rights of free speech and assembly,” said NNU Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro. “These arrests are disgraceful and unconscionable, and will not deter our nurses from continuing this mission, setting up the station again, and continuing to support the protests.”

Emmanuel has been perhaps the most aggressive mayor in the nation in repression of the occupy Wall Street movement with mass arrests on at least two occasions now. The Chicago Tribune Saturday reported that city officials are trying to send a message to world leaders of being “tough” on demonstrators in advance of upcoming meetings of G-8 and NATO leaders in May.

“Instead of showing off for world leaders, and paying allegiance to protecting the economic interests of the top 1 percent, Mayor Emmanuel should stop, and start representing the 99 percent, the people for whom the occupy movement has become a clear voice,” DeMoro said.

NNU also has first aid stations now established at occupy protests in New York’s Zuccotti Park, site of the first Occupy Wall Street protests, Los Angeles, Washington, San Francisco, and Detroit, and will be opening up others in coming days.

Occupy Wall Street: Canadian Special Forces provocateur leaves wallet behind

NY Post: G.N. Miller
NEST IN PEACE: Protester Dylan Spoelstra (above and right)
smirks yesterday from his high perch amid the workings
of the sculpture “Joie de Vivre” in Zuccotti Park.

By Brenda Norrell
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By Brenda Norrell
NEW YORK -- Canadian Special Forces Agent Dylan Spoelstra, 24, of Toronto, left his wallet behind exposing his identity, after he was arrested at Occupy Wall Street scaling a sculpture on Saturday morning. The police said that after his arrest, he was brought to Bellevue Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation after surrendering just after 9 a.m.

Occupy Wall Street media coordinator Thorin Caristo said when Spoelstra began climbing the reddish-colored Joie de Vivre sculpture in Zuccotti Park, on Saturday at 5:30 am, Caristo said he knew it was staged.
Caristo recalled the event, first saying to himself, “I can’t believe he’s climbing the sculpture."
Police arrived and began inflating airbags. Earlier, families had gathered on Friday at Occupy Wall Street with their children to camp, so it was a special time. However, police cleared them all out during Spoelstra's stunt.

“Police cleared out the families and began negotiations with the gentleman on the sculpture," Caristo said. "My own personal feelings that this was a staged event."

Three hours later, police took Spoelstra to Bellevue mental hospital.

Then, on Saturday night, Occupy Wall Street security found Spoelstra's wallet, revealing that Spoelstra is a member of Canadian Special Forces.

“Our concern is that this was a staged even. Now we are just concerned about who he was working for," Caristo said.
In a previous interview with Bloomberg news, Spoelstra described himself as "ex-military" and a "bartender."

Spoelstra told Bloomberg, published on Oct. 10: "I read about the pepper spray and clubbing. I have first aid training so I figured I'd just come down here and help out. I respect the cops. I worked for the government for half a decade so I will tell them I respect your service. But I'm on the side of the people." 

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