Posts tagged “protest 2009”

“The situation ended without incident as students gradually left the scene.”

This policeman is captured on film as he is about to smash his baton down upon his victim on Friday, November 20, 2009, outside Wheeler Hall on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley.

Image: @thedailyclog

This policeman is captured on film as he is about to smash his baton down upon his victim on Friday, November 20, 2009, outside Wheeler Hall on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley.

The headline here is taken from CNN’s shameful coverage of the events of the past week at the University of California system. It refers specifically to a UCLA protest, while the image above comes from UC Berkeley, but it is apropos nonetheless. Remember, the UCLA protest included students being maced, beaten with batons, tasered, and arrested. There is no bastardized version of the English language in which it is possible to make such incidents equate linguistically to “ended without incident.”

CNN is lying to you. MSNBC makes no mention(1, 2) of the police brutality in California or New York City. Fox News? They have been hosting a 24/7 webcam feed for over a year so they can keep an eye on the protesters outside the Marine recruiting station in Berkeley, but they have not made a single mention of the UC protests, at least nowhere I can find online. And of course no one is talking about the students in Vienna marching on the US embassy in support of the UC uprising or the occupations of the various Universities across Europe or how this is a global movement in favor of free or cheap education.

Corporate media are not interested in giving you the truth. They have a singular interest: maximizing profit for their shareholders. That’s why you should consider donating to independent media outlets, places like Democracy Now!, IndyMedia and little ol’ me! If you find yourself at a site that is giving you information that you are not getting from CNN, MSNBC, Fox, and their ilk, throw a dollar or two at the proprietor of the site. You would be amazed at how far that would go if everyone did that. So, check out my brand new, ass-kicking, Ruth Gator Binsburg donation button if you are so inclined. But even if you can’t spare a square, keep fighting the good fight!

Thanks, @erinacb!

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Footage: Occupation, arrests at UC Davis’ Mrak Hall

YouTube: “Nicki Sun Reporting. AggieTV was fortunate enough to film footage from the inside of Mrak Hall before the doors closed (on November 19) during the 32% fee increase protest.”


Nikki, I’m sure this was rushed, but we need identifying supers on all the speakers. Otherwise, good job getting this story!

Via @studentactivism

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Footage: NYPD brutalize UC solidarity marchers with batons

From Occupy California: On November 19th, people in support of the University of California occupations marched in solidarity (in NYC). During the night, the police beat some of the marchers.


The following response to this brutal police action is posted at Occupy California along with this video:

Dear NYC Marchers,

we here are speechless at the despicable actions of the NYC police. We send our solidarity to all that have been brutalized by the police in this struggle. As we continue fighting we will face the state’s escalating violence. We must band together in solidarity to support all those comrades who will inevitably fall victim to capitalism’s last defensive stand. We cannot express how much we appreciate you standing in solidarity. As occupations and other radical actions are spreading around the world, we know that our struggle will contribute to revealing capitalism, the state, and all others forms of oppression as the shit that it is. From Greece to the UK, from Vienna to Heidelburg, from Santa Cruz to New York, we want fucking everything! Most of all, we want justice!

fuck the pigs.
an autonomous committee
Inside UC Santa Cruz Occupied Kerr Hall

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