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