68 Occupiers Arrested On New Year’s Eve At Zuccotti Park

Hey, they just wanted to make some mayhem and assault the symbol of the new year

(USA Today) Dozens of Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested on New Year’s Eve as they tore down barricades surrounding New York City’s Zuccotti Park, the former home of their encampment that was dismantled several weeks ago.

About 500 protesters gathered in the park Saturday evening, where they rang in the new year with songs and their now-familiar chant of “We are the 99 percent.”

About 11 p.m., after a relatively quiet evening, some protesters began to tear down the barricades that have surrounded the park since New York police officers evicted Occupy Wall Street members on Nov. 15, protesters said Sunday. Police then moved in.

“They (police) got very aggressive and started pushing people and pepper-spraying people,” protester Jason Amadi, 27, of San Jose, California, said Sunday. “I got pepper-sprayed in the face.”

Well, yeah, you’re tearing down barricades around a privately owned park. The NYPD told you not to do that. You were rushing in in small teams to grab the barricades and put them in the middle of the park. You got what you deserved. You should feel lucky the NYPD didn’t release the dogs to munch on your testicles.

The New York Police Department said 68 people were arrested, and at least one person was accused of assaulting a police officer, who suffered cuts on one hand. Other charges included trespassing, disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment.

Yeah, that cop was assaulted with a pair of scissors. Nice of the AP to include that part in their story, eh?

“Many of us there felt that it was a symbol of the new year, of what was to come,” he said. “People protesting peacefully, but without fear.”

If tearing down barricades and assaulting police officers is “peaceful”, can you imagine what happens when they get violent?

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