Occupy movement

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Lt. John Pike practices his pepper-spray technique on 30 students of UC Davis. They were later awarded $30,000 each in compensation. An eyewitness reported that he told colleagues "Leave them. I want to spray these kids" and was awarded $38,056 for "psychiatric injuries" stemming from the event.[1]
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Formation 17 September 2011
A non-violent, decentralised movement which provoked a violent reaction from the authorities. A mass awakening for millions of youngsters.

The Occupy movement (often, just Occupy) was a decentralised movement which has never had clearly-articulated objectives, but still managed for months to unify activists with a wide variety of goals.[2]

Origins

Poster depicting a female ballerina pirouetting on the back of the Charging Bull statue on Wall Street; on the street behind her, a line of gas-masked rioters struggle through smoke. Text on the poster reads: "What is our one demand?#OCCUPYWALLSTREET September 17th. Bring Tent."
The poster Adbusters used to promote Occupy Wall Street

The initial impetus for an occupation of Wall Street came from the Canadian activist group Adbusters. The commercially-controlled media ignored the movement for weeks, before finally reporting on it after it was being widely reported on the internet.

Spread

The movement quickly spread across the USA and worldwide. Methods were different according to local circumstances, but the unifying tactic was to peacefully occupy public spaces.

Police support

Retired Philadelphia Police Captain Ray Lewis is arrested for participating in the Occupy Wall Street protests in 2011.

Chris Hedges reports hearing several quiet encouragement from rank and file members of US police. Some participated in the demonstration. Philadelphia Police Captain Ray Lewis was arrested for participating in the Occupy Wall Street protests in 2011.

US Government response

A coordinated response violently eradicated occupy camps across USA. The US government in its planning documents designated OWS repeatedly as a "terrorist threat".[3]

84-year-old Occupy protester Dorli Rainey, pepper-sprayed in the face by police in 2011

Dallas Occupy Plot

Full article: Dallas occupy plot
The murderous Dallas occupy plot was never carried out.

By October 2011 the Dallas occupy plot had been drawn up, in which the FBI was a party to plans to use snipers to assassinate the leaders of the movement. The plans were never carried out, but were partially exposed in 2013, by a FOIA request. A February 2015 ruling of Judge Rosemary M. Collyer allowed the plot to remain secret.


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