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Bloomberg and NYPD shut down Free Press to shut down Assembly and Dissent in New York City

Photo of park now after being bulldozed by New York City Police Department early in the morning on November 15Journalist Ryan Devereaux of the radio news show Democracy Now! has been reporting on the forcible clearing and trashing of the occupation of Zuccotti Park early this morning in New York City. According to Devereaux, the NYPD not only has been denying Americans their right to assembly and protest, they’ve been quashing the freedoms of the press as well. Via Twitter (link|link|link|link):

2:29 AM Police are now pushing the press off the block. They just took the press pass off a NBC news anchor.

2:32 AM The NYPD just threatened to take our press passes if we don’t move off the block. They are forcing us to move where we can’t see shit.

2:36 AM The NYPD are now setting up a “pen” for the press as far from the remaining protesters as they can place us.

3:19 AM Police parked two NYPD busses in front of press cage, engines running, blocking shots of square. Yelling at media trying to work.

The NYPD didn’t act on its own. It followed orders from Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who took action to erase dissent in New York City after fretting about “editorials lampooning him as gutless.” Say what you will, but it surely takes guts to violate three clauses of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution in one night.

6 comments to Bloomberg and NYPD shut down Free Press to shut down Assembly and Dissent in New York City

  • speedyjerry

    Thank You Mayor, set a trend for America. No Amendments are violated, they protested, spoke their mind, disrupted traffic and business, destroyed property and now it’s time to go home and get a job.

    • Did you not read the article, SpeedJerry? Did you not see the violation of the freedom of the press, at the very least?

      Go home and get a job?!? When the corporations are hoarding two trillion dollars in liquid assets and refusing to create jobs?

      Are you completely out of touch with reality, SpeedJerry?

    • Hooligan

      now it’s time to move to India or China and get a job.

  • Anonymous

    This group has been given every opportunity to legally gather and voice their objections. (Whatever those unfocused issues might be; and who can figure that out, except for people like Devereuax?) Problems of a serious criminal nature have now arisen; and others who live in the area have Consitutional rights, also, believe it or not. Time to move on….am sure another venue and approach can be utilized by people, who are determined to stand up & speak up for….whatever.

  • Bill

    Occupy the Vacant Area Between Michael Bloomberg’s Ears

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