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September 26 2011

Anti-Wall Street protesters arrested in New York

Protesters on wall street, new york (24 sept 2011)Police carry an arrested man in new york (24 sept 2011)At least 80 people have been arrested during an anti-Wall Street march in New York’s financial district.

Several hundred people took part in Saturday’s march, which was intended to draw attention to “corporate greed and corrupt politics” in the US.

Participants carried banners supporting a range of other issues, including healthcare reform, an end to US wars and the scrapping of the death penalty.

The march came after a week of protests by the Occupy Wall Street campaign.

The loosely organised group says it is defending 99% of the US population against the wealthiest 1%, and had called for 20,000 people to “flood into lower Manhattan” on 17 September and remain there for “a few months”.

Protesters, who are mostly young, initially numbered some 1,500 but their numbers had fallen to about 200 by Saturday’s march.

There was a heavy security presence in the district, with police deploying nets to block off major roads including Fifth Avenue and to protect the New York Stock Exchange.

One protester, 21-year-old Ryan Reed, said he joined in “because what I see – and what I feel most people in this country see – is an economy and a system that’s collapsing”.

“The enemy is the big business leaders of Wall Street, the big oil company leaders, the coal company leaders, the big military industrial leaders.”

A number of placards also called for “justice for Troy Davies”, the US man executed in Georgia last week amid widespread criticism.

Police said most of Saturday’s arrests were for disorderly conduct and blocking traffic, but one person was charged with assaulting a police officer. One officer also suffered a shoulder injury, said police.

They have not commented on protest organisers’ comments that there had been an “unprecedented level of police aggression” on display.

A statement on the Occupy Wall Street website said the protesters have “an interest in returning the US back into the hands of its individual citizens”.

“Our nation, our species and our world are in crisis. The US has an important role to play in the solution, but we can no longer afford to let corporate greed and corrupt politics set the policies if our nation.” …


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this entry is part of the Occupy Wall Street compilation 2011-09, here.
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BrowserID Demo - Mozilla All Hands - 2011 Q3


BrowserID demo during the keynote for the Mozilla 2011Q3 All Hands, with about 600 people in attendance. For more information, check out the Mozilla Identity blog, at:


Blog site of Mozilla Identity:

cf. Blog entry from 2011-08-11:

// MozMozilla Labs designed the BrowserID experiment to increase user convenience and safety online. Using Mozilla’s Privacy & Data Operating Principles as guidelines, we built a system that seeks to maximize user privacy and control by shrinking the user-data minefield, disclosing information to sites only on a need-to-know basis, employing a model that is intuitive and users understand, and limiting tracking of browsing behavior while also enabling pseudonymity online. For more information, be sure to check out our blog post about privacy and BrowserID, as well as the BrowserID homepage. //

September 25 2011

United States: “Occupy Wall Street” Takes the Heart of New York's Financial District

In New York City's Financial District, a peaceful protest has been organized by the group  Occupy Wall Street (#occupywallstreet on Twitter), and supported by the Canadian organization AdBusters and the hacker group Anonymous. Inspired by the demonstrations in cities throughout Arab and European countries, these youth are showing their dissatisfaction with the way in which Wall Street has, according to them, controlled the policies of the United States economy, making it into a “corporatocracy” and leaving millions unemployed.  This group has occupied Zuccotti Park since September 17, and they expect that more people will join in the upcoming months.

Poster from the movement.

Musicians, medical staff, an improvised library and a technology team armed with computers and other devices can all be found in the park.  The demonstrators also have created banners with pieces of cardboard in which they express their feelings against capitalism, as well as their opposition to the Troy Davis execution.  The demonstrators have joined under the motto: “We are the 99% who will not tolerate the greed and corruption of the remaining 1%.”

Sofía Gallisá photo. Published with permission.

A poster showing the online media resources for finding information. Sofía Gallisá photo. Published with permission.

Sofía Gallisá photo. Published with permission.

Sofía Gallisá photo. Published with permission.

Although the protests have been carrying on without much disturbances, there have been arrests: according to recent reports, close to 80 arrests took place on Saturday, September 24, mainly for disorderly conduct on behalf of “individuals who blocked pedestrian and vehicular traffic,” in addition to resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration.  Nonetheless, this did not thwart the demonstrators' march from continuing to other parts of the city such as Union Square in the center of Manhattan.  While traditional media has not provided much coverage of the protest, information has exploded all over digital social networks (Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Vimeo, Flickr).

National figures like professor and philosopher Cornel West (@CornelWest) demonstrated his support via Twitter:

Courageous folk. Civil disobedience is part and parcel of the American democratic process. #OccupyWallStreet

Van Jones (@VanJones68), a prominent U.S. activist, also expressed his solidarity with the demonstrators while simultaneously speaking out against police misconduct:

Those Occupy Wall Street folks deserve some serious love. But NYPD? WTF? Check out video! Watching via @livestream

Other Twitter users like Michele Catalano (@inthefade) believe that the protest is a dichotomy in itself:

It's so cute how the kids at Occupy Wall Street are tweeting their fight against capitalism from their iPhones and Droids. FIGHT THE POWER.

Amidst this, Ricardo (@jrickymayo) finds another contradiction to the events on the night of September 24 [es]:

y esto pasa en el pais mas [sic] libre Al menos 80 detenidos en Nueva York durante las protestas para ‘ocupar' Wall Street

and this happens in the most free country.  At least 80 detained in New York during the protests to “occupy” Wall Street

Below we present a video of “Occupy Wall Street,” in which one can clearly see how the demonstrators are blocked off by a strong security force:




this entry is part of the OccupyWallStreet compilation 2011-09, here.

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