US trade unions against anti-Occupy police violence

This video from the USA is called Occupy Wall Street: We Are the 99%.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Trumka: Hands off the occupations

Thursday 27 October 2011

by Tom Mellen

Senior US trade unionist Richard Trumka branded the mass arrests of Occupy Wall Street protesters a “tremendous dishonour to America” today.

Riot police waded into an Occupy Oakland demonstration for a second day on Wednesday, arresting 100 people just hours after leaving Iraq war veteran Scott Olsen in critical condition with a fractured skull.

More than 50 people were detained at a similar tent protest in Atlanta.

Mr Trumka, who is the president of the AFL-CIO union confederation, said: “The Occupy Wall Street movement has elevated the national conversation by shining overdue attention on the struggles of the 99 per cent for whom the economy is broken.

“When people can’t raise their voices around pervasive inequality, there is a fundamental problem with how we’re functioning as a nation.”

Mr Trumka called on officials to not to break up peaceful protests.

“We urge all elected leaders across the country to enable peaceful protesters to continue to exercise their most American of rights,” Mr Trumka said.

Occupy Oakland demonstrators reoccupied a central square in the Californian city on Wednesday in defiance of the brutal police crackdown which has left Mr Olsen, who served two tours of duty in Iraq, sedated in a hospital bed with a fractured skull and brain swelling.

Almost 2,000 people gathered at the square and decided by consensus to call for a general strike in Oakland for November 2.

In New York, where the occupations began, organisers said: “This brutality carried out on the orders of city government sends a chilling message to those who want to engage in civic processes to work for social change.”

Business owners are piling pressure on elected authorities to rein in the protests, complaining of assaults, drunken fights and sanitation problems at the camps that have sprung up in towns and cities across the US.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said on Wednesday that the Occupy LA encampment outside City Hall “cannot continue indefinitely,” and San Francisco police have already cleared two camps and arrested at least five protesters.

Some cities such as Providence, Rhode Island, are moving ahead with plans to evict activists. But police and city leaders in many other areas say they will continue to honour protesters’ rights.

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