Occupy Wall Street protesters marched around midtown Manhattan on Wednesday chanting anti-corporate slogans outside banks and the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer. Scores of police officers followed the protesters on foot and on motorcycles and used metal barricades to keep them from their targets, including Citibank and Bank of America branches.
Outside of Pfizer’s headquarters on East 42nd Street, protesters unfurled a banner that said “Health care for the 99 percent.”
"I have to go to Canada to buy Pfizer drugs for half the price that I pay for them here," said Michael Miller, 68. Miller said he takes prescription drugs including Lipitor, the cholesterol-lowering medication, which is sold by Pfizer.
A Pfizer spokeswoman had no immediate comment on the protest.
Protesters then headed to Bryant Park, where Rolling Stone columnist Matt Taibbi led a teach-in about Bank of America. He described mortgage-backed securities as “banks selling oregano as weed.”
The protesters then tried to rally outside the Bank of America Tower, across from the park, but police officers kept them away from the tower, arresting a woman dressed in red tights and clown makeup. Another protester was arrested for riding his bicycle on the sidewalk.
A police spokesman had no information on the midtown arrests but he said nine protesters were arrested early Wednesday in lower Manhattan and another four in the East Village.
Bank Of America Sends Internal Email Exposing Where Occupy Movement Is Hurting It Most
An internal email was sent out to all Bank of America Corp Field Services regarding the Dec. 6th National Day of Action to Occupy Our Homes. See the email below.
The email reads that this event “could impact our industry." Well, yes, BAC, that is our hope. Thanks for noticing!
The email further includes specific warnings to BAC “field services” agents:
1. Your safety is our primary concern, so do not engage with the protesters;
2. While in neighborhoods, please take notice of vacant BAC Field Services managed homes and ensure they are secured;
3. Remind all parties of the bank’s media policy and report any media incidents to 1-800-796-8448 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aside from the superficial implications, what is more important is that the big banks are showing precisely what the weakest links in the system are, and what makes them the most nervous. It is not protesters living in tents in a major metropolitan city; it is protesters disrupting the lifeblood of the broken banking system - the home selling/repossession pathway.
Off-duty cop in front of Bank of America attacks protester
GET THIS. 8 Occupy protesters were arrested in Dallas this past November 5th during a riot. Okay, we’ve heard that before. The headlines say that this is what happened: Cop asks protester to get off of a planter box he’s standing up on. Protester gets violent and attacks cop. Riot ensues.
ACTUALLY, what happened is this: protester is standing on planter box. OFF-DUTY police officer wearing his cop uniform pushes him off. Protester breaks a bunch of ribs.
Stephen Benavides, the protester who was not doing anything violent or out of his rights in the first place, spent four nights in jail on a felony charge of assaulting a public servant and resisting arrest. One article even says he tried to hit an officer in the face with a flagpole! Thank goodness for this poor guy that someone took a video of what actually happened. 7 other people were charged with “improperly using a sidewalk”.
Initially Police Chief David Brown defended the officer who insisted that he was violently attacked, but when the video came out on youtube he issued this statement:
Last night, the Dallas Police Department discovered a new video of the Occupy Dallas demonstration that occurred on November 5, 2011. The video shows a Dallas Police Officer, who was working off-duty for Bank of America, push a demonstrator off a planter in front of the building.
Chief David Brown has ordered the officer placed on restricted duty and initiated a formal investigation into the officer’s actions. The restricted duty assignment will also prohibit the officer from working off-duty employment until the departmental investigation is complete.
In light of this development, the Police Department has requested that the Dallas County District Attorney and the Dallas City Attorney proceed no further with the criminal cases alleged to have occurred until further consultation takes place. These meetings are anticipated to occur next week.
Seriously, if I show up to one of these things should I expect cops to break a few of my ribs, shoot my face at close range with a grenade, or spray pepper stray straight into my eyes even though I’m doing everything I’m told?
Is this a free society?
Let us never forget that it was the Bank of America and the other huge financial institutions on Wall Street who caused the recession that we are in resulting in millions of people losing their jobs, their homes, their life savings. Let us never forget that when Wall Street was on the verge of collapse it was the American people and the Fed who bailed them out. And now that Wall Street and the large banks are making very handsome profits, paying their CEOs some of the largest compensation packages they’ve ever received their thank you to the American people was to charge them five dollars a month debit fee. Well, you know what happened? The American people said thanks, but no thanks. It wasn’t the Senate that turned this around. It wasn’t the House that turned this around. It was the American people and I want to applaud the people for the Occupying Wall Street campaign who focused attention on the greed of Wall Street and the millions of other Americans who have said enough is enough. So, today I want to congratulate the American people. You did it. You took on the largest financial institution in the United States of America and you beat them.
IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE CLOSING BANK OF AMERICA ACCOUNTS
BFF2 is reading up on this, and tells me that you MUST disconnect all payment accounts, too, or they will keep paying your bills and charge you overdraft fees.
We are having a hard time determining what this mean, like if this means your autopay accounts (which is what we believe) or if it’s even more insidious than that.
"Bankers are getting pissed at us. They’re asking the cops to step it up because [occupiers] are disrupting their business. Oh boo hoo.”