With helicopters hovering overhead, police moved into a downtown Atlanta
park and arrested around 50 Occupy Wall Street protesters who had been
encamped there for about two weeks early Wednesday….
Organizers had instructed participants to be peaceful if arrests came,
and most were. Many gathered in the center of the park, locking arms,
and sang “We Shall Overcome,” until police led them out, one-by-one
to waiting buses. Some were dragged out while others left on foot,
handcuffed with plastic ties.
Police included SWAT teams in riot gear, dozens of officers on motorcycles
and several on horseback. By about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday the park was
mostly cleared of protesters….
Hundreds of others stood on Atlanta’s famous Peachtree Street, booing
police. They shouted “Shame!” and “Who do you protect? Who do you serve?”
I asked if he wanted publicity about this and he said yes. -gretchen
May 5, 20011 marks the 6th anniversary of
the arrest of the Valdosta 15.
It was the day that 15 of Valdosta’s finest citizens were arrested
in City Council, charged with “Disrupting a Public Meeting,” and taken to
the Lowndes County Jail. We were denied bail, and a telephone call. And,
in some instances, medicine.
The city spent thousands of dollars on our arrests and appeals. In the
end, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled