Archive for November 2011
From my thread on reddit:
(edited for grammar, etc.)
I was riding north on Spring St. It is on the west side of LA City Hall. Most protestors were on the South lawn.
A long line of cops ran out of the west side of City Hall running. Another rectangle of cops were marching east on Temple. I turned right and saw more cops running out of the North side of City Hall. I decided it was now or never so I turned right on Main St. heading south back in to the big mess of people. Cops were again running out of city hall and in to the center of the people. Cops were also running out of North City Hall building (I think that’s the name, it is the building just East of City Hall). After City Hall was surrounded these cops in all white jump suits ran in with lots of paper work and zip tie cuffs in USPS boxes. I shot photos for as long as i could, mostly near 1st and Main St.
When i tried to leave I couldn’t. I went north on Main St. I ended up disobeying the command of an officer and running through the North City Hall patio whatever to a stairwell (with my bike and cameras) and escaped. I proceded to take lots of perimeter photos, and now i’m back home (in Downtown LA) to edit.
See photos on flickr.com/mikeywally as I upload, I’ll post again when the upload starts. I apologize in advance for my slow upload time.
So it was a massive simultaneous armed eviction on peaceful protestors. I saw no violence, but i never went in very deep.
(Added info 1:28 AM) It was interesting being on a bike while the police were running out of City Hall. I was probably the only person that saw it all go down from every side.
Alright you 90,000 redeemers, rebels and radicals out there,
A worldwide shift in revolutionary tactics is underway right now that bodes well for the future. The spirit of this fresh tactic, a fusion of Tahrir with the acampadas of Spain, is captured in this quote:
“The antiglobalization movement was the first step on the road. Back then our model was to attack the system like a pack of wolves. There was an alpha male, a wolf who led the pack, and those who followed behind. Now the model has evolved. Today we are one big swarm of people.”
— Raimundo Viejo, Pompeu Fabra University
I took over a hundred photos today. They will be uploading throughout the evening.