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8 Ways to Stay Safe at Occupy Wall Street's One-Year Anniversary Protests | Alternet


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BMutiny
- 801 days ago - alternet.org
Be aware of infiltrators. Police departments sometimes send infiltrators, informants and agent provocateurs into protests to divide people, create chaos and entrap protesters into doing illegal activities. Don't resist arrest,



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Roger Garin-michaud (105)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 12:52 pm
noted thanks !
 

BMutiny TheCorporationsEvil (467)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 1:12 pm
Ways to Stay Safe at Occupy Wall Street's One-Year Anniversary Protests

The NYPD may try to criminalize activists, but here's how you can outsmart them at their own game.

2011 and 2012 may go down as the years in American history when political dissent became a criminal activity. The police crackdown began with the mass arrest on the Brooklyn Bridge and police brutality, followed by the evictions of Occupy encampments and the passage of the FDAA, which allows for the indefinite detainment of American citizens. This year has brought FBI raids, grand jury subpoenas , government-manufactured terror plots, surveillance of activists, and protest-related criminal convictions resulting in prison time . Dissenting voices are carrying loud and clear to the ears of the rich and powerful, and in turn, the powerful are waging an all-out assault against any who choose to resist.
Heading into the actions on the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, here are eight ways you can stay safe from police repression.
 

BMutiny TheCorporationsEvil (467)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 1:18 pm
Hey, I just love that beautiful old-fashioned "Miss Liberty" postcard "representing", to me, the spirit and Idealism of the Occupy Protesters everywhere! :-D
Can't quite read what the faint lettering says, tho -- can make out the last word, which is "peace".
 

BMutiny TheCorporationsEvil (467)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 1:30 pm
making small talk with the cops can put you and your fellow activists in danger. Police are trained to mine seemingly inconsequential information and use it against people, so stay quiet. No matter what they say, you do not have to speak to the cops beyond giving them your basic information on your ID. If they try to talk to you, say, “I am going to remain silent, and I want to talk to my lawyer.”

7. Be aware of infiltrators. Police departments sometimes send infiltrators, informants and agent provocateurs into protests to divide people, create chaos and entrap protesters into doing illegal activities. From William O’Neal’s betrayal of Fred Hampton in the Black Panther Party in 1969, to Brandon Darby’s entrapment of Bradley Crowder and David McKay, the police will stop at nothing to get convictions—even if it means that the government’s own agents are creating the illegal action and simply convincing people to join in. Entrapment has already happened within the Occupy movement at least three times, in Chicago during NATO, in Cleveland and in Houston, Texas . If you’re just showing up to a mass day of action like September 17, be wary of people who are advocating for violence or trying to pull you away from the group to do something separate. If you are involved more seriously in a protest movement, take the time to build trust with the people you protest with. Get to know them and make sure they are not working for the government, especially before engaging in any actions that could get you arrested.
 

Dandelion G. (387)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 3:23 pm
I will tell you what the words say on the lovely photo you chose.
May thy sweet blossoms never cease. To bloom in love and trust and peace."

Thanks for this piece, is something we all need to be aware of in this Country, as it said you might just be going out to get some milk. I've read of people just having a day in the park, enjoying the sunshine and had no affiliation with a protest down the street, the police showed up and arrested them. They were shocked and had no idea why. This is what happens in Fascist societies, so we all need to be prepared.
 
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