#OWS Daily Roundup: September 24
A major march happened this afternoon with thousands of occupiers headed towards Union Square in Manhattan. After winding through the city streets, police began to divide and kettle the occupiers with orange netting. Here’s what we know:
- At least 80 occupiers were arrested over the course of the event, including event organizers and members of the media team. At one point, the person in charge of Livestreaming the march was arrested as well. Occupiers were reportedly kept in buses for up to two hours, with some refused water, medication and bathroom trips.
- Several videos quickly made their way online, showing unprovoked police brutality including macing occupiers who were already contained, aggressively shoving random occupiers, kneeling on arrestees already on the ground, and arresting unrelated pedestrians. However, earlier reports of teargas were later found to be inaccurate.
- A few hours after the incident, occupiers slowly made their way back to Liberty Plaza, encountering heightened numbers of police fencing in the square as well. Reports indicated that several people were already released by the end of the evening, and police suggested that the rest may be released by tomorrow morning.
- As night fell, police levels eased somewhat. Both morale and numbers in the camp are still high.
As usual, with reports of violence comes mainstream media coverage. For more in-depth information, check out The New York Times blog which has a good list of events.