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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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Formation17 September 2011
Interest ofCaleb Maupin, Tim Pool, US/Police
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]


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.


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

Kurt Nimmo wrote in 2018 that “The DHS acted as a clearing house for surveillance of the Occupy Wall Street movement. FOIA documents released to Truthout show how the agency worked with local law enforcement and local government officials “in any wholesale manner” on a coordinated subversion and neutralization program aimed at the nationwide protest group.” [3]

A coordinated response violently eradicated occupy camps across USA. The US government in its planning documents designated OWS repeatedly as a "terrorist threat".[4]

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

Dallas Occupy Plot

Full article: Rated 5/5 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.


The Occupy movement introduced the phrase "The 1%", as opposed to "The 99%". This is a polarising perspective, since it diametrically opposed this group top the 99% that clearly highlights the illusory nature of the modern "democracies", which consistently promote the agenda not of the vast majority of the electorate but of the ruling class.


Related Quotations

Andrew Breitbart“The true purpose of the Occupy movement appears to be further economic and governmental destabilization, at a time when the world is already facing major financial and political challenges. By embracing the Occupy movement, President Barack Obama, the Democrat Party, and their union allies may be supporting an effort to harm both the domestic and global economies; to create social unrest throughout the democratic world; and to embrace other radical causes, including the anti-Israel movement.”Andrew Breitbart14 October 2011
Frank Luntz“I'm so scared of this anti-Wall Street effort. I'm frightened to death. They're having an impact on what the American people think of capitalism.”Frank LuntzNovember 2011


Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
File:Dissent or Terror FINAL 0.pdfreport20 May 2013Beau HodaDissent or Terror a report that details how the counter-terrorism apparatus was used to monitor the Occupy Movement nationwide
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