(note about the video: I could not film the most important parts of at
least two of the confrontations because it takes two hands to defend
yourself! As a participant in the defense I had a dual role and could
not film and fight at the same time) Bullshit there were two other people streaming to Ustream with 1 hand.
On the 4th of February, US Park Police did the bidding of GOP
Congressman Darrel Issa (R-CA) acting through a cowed Secretary of the
Interior Ken Salazar. Park Police assaulted Occupy DC's McPherson Square
camp with horses, billy clubs,another Taser incident, and seemingly
miles of waist-high black fencing.
The fighting began at around 6 AM, but there are reports that the mainstream media arrived an hour or two ahead of the police.
I arrived at Occupy a little after noon, to find streets blocked off by
police at a 1 block radius around Occupy DC, and the southern part of
McPherson Square fenced off and crawling with cops.
Shortly after I arrived, the police began their attack on the NE
quadrant of the park, the third one to be assaulted. Their first target
was a walkway separating the NE quadrant from the SE quadrant.
The general tactic used by the police was to use riot cops and shield to
push town the paved walkway of the park, while other cops and the
bio-hazard-suited park workers laid pens on both sides of the walkway to
seal it off. This was a classic "cordon and search" operation that
reminded me of similar "search and cordon" attacks on villages during
the Vietnam War by US troops. Come to think of it, since the first
settlers landed on American shores, destroying other people's villages
has been what the United States is all about.
Each isolated section, with the "insurgents" pushed back, was then
searched tent-to-tent, and the Park Service rules about anything in
tents enforced with utmost ruthlessness. Any tent deemed "not in
compliance" was selected for total destruction down the the pallets set
underneath for mud protection. In addition, some but not all of the
empty tents (as of 4:30PM) were destroyed by police, in explicit
violation of their own "rules" concerning what was "in compliance" and
what "was not."
This again reminded me of US troops destroying homes in Iraq,
Afghanistan, Vietnam, you name it. The searches and destruction were
carried out by National Park Service workers in full body bio-hazard
At the Defense of the NE Quadrant I found myself helping push back and
hold the line against shield-bearing riot cops with one arm while
shooting video with the other. It was not enough to film this, not
enough to see people resisting aggression with my own eyes and camera,
the right thing to do was to see it with my own hands when I found
myself in position to do do.
While protesters resisted police aggression only by pushing back with
the hands and occasional sit-in lines, police were not above using billy
clubs to get their way when they found that they were outweighed in a
simple "pressure line" advance. At one point horse cops rode through the
crowd late in the fight for the NE Quadrant.
The NW Quadrant was the last portion standing, and a decision was made
to defend the library. When the police assaulted the NW quadrant, an
agreement was struck to declare the library tent to be "in compliance"
as it was clearly a library and not a sleeping or food service area.
When police pushed through the NW quadrant, riot police again pushed
into the crowd with shields and horses were again ridden through the
crowd, at serious risk that one or more horses would stumble and get a
broken leg. Such a stumble would bring about the death of the horse and
could seriously injure anyone fallen on, plus the rider. In the NW
Quadrant attack, police did not hesitate to push people stumbling over
the people behind them.
In the final analysis, this attack cannot remove Occupy DC from the city
without fencing off and leaving a permanent police garrison in every
park in the city. Even a single place where people are permitted to
exist is enough, given DC's legal restrictions on mass arrests, to
re-establish Occupy DC's continuous "vigil." It is probable that if the
Park Police are serious about trying to fight Occupy DC they will have
to re-stage this violent raid again and again, possibly on multiple
locations. Again this is like Vietnam, Iraq, or Afghanistan, where just
because US troops had just burned people out of their homes in a village
yesterday didn't mean it wasn't crawling with insurgents today.
One final note: Ever since the Supreme Court action there have been
issues with police instigators, who try to start fights when they won't
work and (in my experience) scream for nonviolence when the police are
at a disadvantage. I am wondering if police instigators aren't being
used both the generate excuses AND to try and discredit anarchists and
other who resist the police for real. I saw a lot of very pissed-off
people going after the cops, and I wonder if the role of instigators
wasn't simply to generate a situation where anyone going after the cops
or taking the lead in resistance risks being also labelled an
The last part of the video he ripped it off of one of two guys that were streaming to Ustream.
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