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Will This Photo Be the Face of the Occupy Movement?

Will This Photo Be the Face of the Occupy Movement?

Seattle activist Dorli Rainey, 84, reacts after being hit with pepper spray during an Occupy Seattle protest on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 at Westlake Park in Seattle. Protesters gathered in the intersection of 5th Avenue and Pine Street after marching from their camp at Seattle Central Community College in support of Occupy Wall Street. Many refused to move from the intersection after being ordered by police. Police then began spraying pepper spray into the gathered crowd hitting dozens of people. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, by Joshua Trujillo) ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

UK reporter Jonathan Jones of The Guardian says of this photo:

This week the Seattle police provided the Occupy movement a powerful image of martyrdom. Dorli Rainey was not killed – let’s not overdo any analogies between economic protests in western democracies and the desperate struggle for freedom in Egypt or Syria. She was “only” pepper-sprayed. But she happens to be 84, and photographer Joshua Trujillo happened to be on hand to take a haunting photograph of her reddened eyes and shellshocked expression that subtly and strongly portrays Rainey as a modern martyr.

Do you agree?  Has there been an “Occupy” image that especially struck you?

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An AP Photo via seattlepi.com, by Joshua Trujillo

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6:59PM PST on Nov 24, 2011

FOX is their source, that is how trolls KNOW things.

1:27PM PST on Nov 24, 2011

Pinke A (cont'd)
The NYC used the same tactics on anyone who "looked like they may start trouble" during the 2004 Republican National convention, arresting thousands and keeping them locked up incommunicado in chain link cages in warehouses far from the convention. Letting them go only when the convention was over. When you have peaceful protesters doing a civil disobedience by sitting down and refusing to move the police may have the right to arrest them (First Amendment) but they have no right to pepper spray or use their batons on anyone who is not threatening them with harm. It is a terror tactic used by the police to quell dissidents usually by orders from the very people that the protestors are protesting against.

1:12PM PST on Nov 24, 2011

Pinke A
Where did you see or read or hear about any of the students throwing anything at the campus police. Whereever you got it you got it wrong... nothing was thrown at the police. Same with Dorli Rainey in Seattle no one was throwing anything Dorli had just gotten there when the bicycle police rammed their bikes into the crowd keeping them penned there as they pepper sprayed her, a pregnant lady and everyone else they had trapped. The four young girls in NYC were corraled by the orange fence and were not throwing anything. Scott Olsen, an Iraq war vet of two tours, was standing with a friend holding a banner when he got hit on the head with a tear gas grenade and when he was down on the ground unconscious the people who wen to his aid were not throwing anything but had a flash-bang grenade thrown into their midst. Kayvan Sabeghi, a vet of 2 tours in Iraq and 1 tour in Afghanistan was walking away from the main protest when confronted by a line of police who then started thrusting their batons into his mid-section because he did not move fast enough the film shows one policeman beating him on the leg as he chased him and a group of police joining in on the beating when they got him stopped , he got no medical treatment and spent 16 hours in agony with a split spleen. There are probably thousands of like stories in the thousands of protests that have been on going across America for two months. The NYC used the same tactics on anyone who "looked like they may start trou

12:24PM PST on Nov 24, 2011

The real powers that be are scared shyteless by the amount of people getting fed up with bonus grabbing bosses, unemployment, evictions, bank owners without responsibility and stock brokers mistakes that got the whole world on the brink of bankruptcy. Madoff wasn't and isn't alone and people's willingness to put pressure on govenrments and financial institutions are too much for the powerfull to let go. They use their handymen in the policeforce and military to push people back but we won't budge. When there's nothing more to lose, people will get desperate. The mighty women and men that fear the OWS should be careful they won't get overtaken by more violent forces. I have the Baader-Meinhof and Brigate Rossi in fresh memory on what can happen when people aren't taken seriously.

10:48PM PST on Nov 23, 2011

Here's a bit of news: "If Fox News viewers want to be informed about current events, they might as well turn off the TV.

A poll released by Fairleigh Dickinson University on Monday found that people who get their news from Fox News know significantly less about news both in the U.S. and the world than people who watch no news at all."

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/fox-news-viewers-informed-current-events-don-t-watch-news-study-finds-article-1.981257#ixzz1ebR9A3U9

1:15AM PST on Nov 23, 2011

Ann S, I would agree with you, I have seen a number of videos, I have wrote to Rt.Hon. Willian Hague PM. as I do feel that the matter should be brought up in the House of Commons and hopefully he will refer to Clinton and Obama on the matter of Human Rights, I am further of the believe that the Internation Community should step in.

I of the opinion the American Government no matter who is in Office they think they have right to approach other countries about their Human Rights Records, when in fact the American Government is one the biggest breachers of the Human Rights, like a number of Brits have said to me, the Problem the US Police they are trigger happy if it's not a Gun it's a Canster of Pepper they don't know the meaning of Policing.

12:18AM PST on Nov 23, 2011

I have recently seen two videos, showing speeches by Obama and Hilary Clinton, against the human rights abuses and insisting on the peoples' right to protest in Arab nations. And then showing the abomination of the police brutality in the USA.

This is appalling. The protesters are peaceful. All violence and brutality is from the police themselves, including Sgt Pike, calmly pepper spraying a whole load of peaceful, kneeling protesters, as though he was just spraying ants...

7:30PM PST on Nov 22, 2011

It is really sad that we live in a nazi gestapo police state, and police can get away with spraying an unarmed 84 year old in the face, or unarmed kids at UC Davis, and not face any real punishment. A suspension is not enough. The thugs should be fired period. If anyone pepper sprayed a police officer, they would face serious prison time. The same punishment that we give an ordinary citizens who assaults a police officer, should be given to the pig police officers themselves. After all, no one is above the law.

6:17PM PST on Nov 22, 2011

2011 was the year of the Arab Spring. Winter is coming, and the "occupy" movements are shutting down for now. 21012 is very likely to be the year of the American Spring, as millions of disenfranchised Americans are finally fed up with millionaires with no care or connection to them eliminating their jobs, their dreams and their hope. Just watch, friends.. the American Spring is coming....will YOU participate?

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/who-are-the-99-percent-story-25.html#ixzz1eUUuIXeH

2:03AM PST on Nov 22, 2011

Troll troll go away you just bore me every day. Non-acknowledgment in any way shape or form is the only way to cause a troll to leave. It's like everything else, don't feed it it dies.

Yes I think this is iconic and it will remain so. "Age does not wither her nor custom stale" - Shakespeare. I hate what's become of the police. Yes they have always been owned in one way or another but they thought and sometimes didn't act. The police unions should be screaming at their members to ignore, go very slowly, and not to wear riot gear when forced to respond to the Occupy sites.

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