Moore defends young American human rights defenders protesting ‘worst sin,’ ‘immorality,’ ‘crime’ on Wall Street
After police used excessive force and arrested 87 human rights defenders in the Wall Street protests in New York Saturday, Day 8 of the “occupation,” and a barrage of Tweets to Michael Moore for support, Moore joined the protesters at what has become Zuccotti Park encampment Monday evening in what appears to be start of an intended peaceful American Revolution II that, according to political analyst Don DeBar, is using people’s congress strategy to take the nation back from corporatization.
“Moore visited Zuccotti Park on Monday evening to cheer the protesters on after they marched through lower Manhattan,” reported The Washington Post Tuesday after the Occupy Wall Street human rights defenders sent numerous Tweets calling on celebrities to answer the call to action.
The human rights defenders had marched to Union Square Saturday during which one police used the term “cattling” the protesters into the square while others applied tear gas and mace on the mainly young protesters and arrested scores of them who say they are working against corporate greed according to the ABC News report Sunday
Filmmaker and author Moore argued Monday night on CNN’s Piers Morgan that people being “fed up” with rights abuses against them is manifesting in the “Occupy Wall Street” people’s movement.
“And this is only the beginning. It will spread throughout the country,” Moore asserted.
“We’re against greed.”
“We’re against the fact that one percent get 9 slices of the pie and the other 99 percent are suppose to fight over the last slice,” he told Piers Morgan.
“That’s not American. That is not democracy. It’ s not Christian or Jewish or Buddhist or Muslim.”
“They all say this it’s probably one of the worse sins you can commit, to take such a large piece of the pie while others suffer.”
Moore furthered there are, “forty-six million people living in poverty right now in the United States.”
“That’s an absolute crime. It’s immoral.”
“And these guys are just posting the largest profits ever this year.”
The Washington Post reported, “Police made 87 arrests on Saturday during a march north to Union Square. Protesters criticized the police response as heavy-handed and said officers used pepper spray on people who did nothing wrong. Police dispute those claims.”
The Examiner reported on women screaming, with video documentation of young women standing peacefully in a corralled area police had penned them on the street and the police macing them in their faces.
“When did it become appropriate for law enforcement to pen in law-abiding protesters like cattle, then spray them with mace while they simply stand there, helpless?” asked Examiner commenter, Martin Taggart on Saturday.
“Pathetic to see how police are forced to fight the street fights with young girls and college students on behalf of this corrupted debauched government and its economic arms,” Sally Blakemore commented Sunday after seeing the video of the police macing the young women.
And Monte Phillips commented that if the police “were American patriots, they’d march with the people!”
Press TV reported Tuesday that the rights defenders’ “protests across the US over harsh economic conditions fanned by U.S. government policies favoring the rich are being organized into people’s Congresses across the country.”
Despite media blackout, People’s Congresses across nation to overtake corrupt congresses, greedy elite
In an interview of New York’s political analyst Don De Bar about the occupation by the protesters, strategies they are implementing and the initial media blackout of the escalating revolution movement, DeBar said that the people’s occupation has spread to Los Angeles, occupy Atlanta, Seattle, Dallas, Chicago, Boston, Tampa; “all over the US.”
Moore said Monday Night on CNN, “This is going to grow.”
“People are afraid their going to be foreclosed on this year, don’t know if they’re going to have a job next year, can’t afford the medical medicine for their kids, 50 million people without insurance.
“They’re saying, ‘God I wish I could do something! What can I do?'”
“Somebody’s got to start it somewhere. That’s what these kids have done down there on Wall Street.”
“It’s going to spread across the country,” Moore said. “People are sick and tired of it and I think you’re going to see that happen more and more in this country.”
After minimal mainstream media coverage of Occupy Wall Street, after close to 100 people were arrested, there were finally more reports of the event. Among those was ABC News’ report including “A New York Police Department spokeswoman today confirmed the group’s claim that approximately 80 people were arrested Saturday, mainly for disorderly conduct and obstructing vehicular and pedestrian traffic.”
Keith Olbermann, now given daily updates of the Wall Street events, interviewed Michael Moore last Thursday. Both agree that maistream media has ignored OWS and furthermore, the press and television would be covering the protests if the protesters were Tea Partyers. (Watch embedded Youtube video on the page left: Keith Olbermann coverage of Occupy Wall Street event and interviewing Michael Moore.)
Speaking about media downplaying, or basically blacking out the American people’s occupations to the point that the average person on the street still has little or no idea American cities are being “seized,” DeBar highlighted in the Press TV interview Tuesday the power Facebook in fanning the American people’s movement, expanding the revolution to the point media will need to respond, even if to “reposition it.”
“In Facebook pages alone, some have already started yesterday or the day before with 1,000 to 2,000 people following [the occupations]. Many of those, if you look closely, are activists whose own lists include up to 5,000 people. So this is going to grow very fast.”
“Crowds over the weekend were a few thousand people for Saturday and Sunday at the actual site.”
According to DeBar, people online watching livestream of the protests numbered 8,000.
“It’s going to grow.”
According to DeBar, at this point, the protesters in New York will “occupy” the Wall Street area until December.
On the other hand, the well-planned people’s occupation of Washington D.C. that begins October 6 at Liberty Plaza has committed to continuing to “seize” D.C. indefinitely, “until the corrupt machine stops.”
Reporting on the Wall Street protests, Press TV reported that overall, government officials’ responses about how this needs to be reacted to must be the key. “The people out there, they want to grab back the American dream, which obviously has been taken away.”
DeBar replied: “One of the things that’s been happening is that they’ve (the population) been organizing this as a people’s assembly or people’s congress so that if you show up you get to go to the microphone, or to the extent that they’ve been allowed to have microphones.
On at least two occasions, police have confiscated the media equipment so the livestreaming discontinues until replaced by sympathisers.
The people’s congress is in action, according to DeBar, “so you get to go center stage and say something. They’ve allowed anyone to go there and the organizers are basically accumulating a list of demands.”
The people’s congress has been seen in action on the livestream of the occupation in New York.
The central theme of the Wall Street protest is what DeBar called “the huge economic inequity in the US and the control of capital over the political system,” mentioning the commonly heard slogan of the rights defenders that is loudly chanted, “They got bailed out. We got left out.”
“And so the political structure is not only going to have to respond to the demands that come out of this at it grows, but if the underlying modus-operandi actually catches on, the political structure might end up being supplanted by these people’s congresses around the country,” said DeBar.
“If we start to see power actually devolving to groups of organized people they’re going to have to find a way to thread them all together, [that’s] number one,” he said.
“And number two, make sure that whatever policy comes out of those groups, to the extent any can actually be implemented, that is reflective of the people who are involved and not of somebody who’s grabbing the leash.
Press TV asked, “Where is this all going?” and “How bad can it get?”
DeBar explained, ” The underlying conditions in the US are worse for more people than they have been at least since the depression before WWII; And if you look at the fundamentals perhaps even the worst in the country’s history.”
According to DeBar, the power elite “have no more tools in their tool box.”
“There was a class war and they won and now it’s like, well, what next? So I think now people are trying to put their own demands on the radar so that when the ‘what next’ question gets answered, the needs of the people get addressed.”
“And this seems to be the way to do it, with people’s congresses cloning themselves around the country.”
Watch the embedded Youtube on this page left of Michael Moore interviewed by Keith Olbermann by clicking the arrow.
See Corporatism/Fascism Watch and other related articles by Deborah Dupré:
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- Police raid Occupy Wall St.: Rights defender in critical condition, 8 arrests
- Waging non-violence on Wall Street for human rights of 64 million (video)
- Breaking News: People’s Occupation of Wa. DC until Machine stops
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