Occupy repressed in the USA, South Africa


By Niall Green in the USA:

Occupy DC protesters ordered to end camps

31 January 2012

Occupy DC protesters were ordered to end their months-old encampments in the US capital on Monday. Federal government officials gave notice last week that protesters had to remove all camping equipment from two sites they have occupied in downtown Washington, DC.

As of this posting, the protesters remained in a standoff with Parks Police, who had ordered the the camps to be cleared out by noon.

The parks, McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza, are owned and policed by the National Parks Service, an agency of the US Department of the Interior responsible for much of the open space in the center of Washington. Parks Police warned Occupy protesters that they would start to enforce an established prohibition on overnight camping, which officials had waived since protesters set up the encampments October 1.

The Occupy DC camps are part of the US and worldwide protests, begun in New York City under the banner Occupy Wall Street, against social inequality and the domination of political power by a financial oligarchy.

The change in attitude toward the Occupy demonstrators by the Parks Service appears to have been prompted by the actions of Congressional Republicans in the nearby US Capitol, who last week questioned why protesters were being permitted to camp on federal land.

The head of the Parks Service, Jonathan Jarvis, responded to the Republican effort with a statement that protesters had a right to be in the parks and could not be evicted, but that sleeping there would be discouraged.

Occupy DC organizers answered the change in policy toward them by pointing out that the Parks Service has long taken a very selective view on when to apply the no camping rule on federal property, allowing several other protest groups to camp on National Parks’ land in Washington, including during the Civil Rights demonstrations of the 1960s.

By Iqra Qalam in South Africa:

Forty arrested at Cape Town Occupy

31 January 2012

Forty people were arrested on Friday 26 January as they prepared to launch an Occupy Rondebosch Common demonstration in Cape Town. The three-day “People’s Jobs, Land & Housing Summit”, organised by community organisations include Passop, Proudly Manenberg, Gugulethu Anti-Eviction Campaign, South African NGO Coalition and the South African Council of Churches, was broken up with brutal police repression.

The mayor of Cape Town, Patricia De Lille, justified the police brutality, declaring in a speech to the City Council: “There are those who would sooner see this city destroyed, driven in two by violence and aggression, than be a part of a shared destiny. I tell this council now, those agents of division will not win.”

She said that she would not allow “these agents of destruction to use their misguided, naive and brutal misunderstandings of the politics of race to divide this city.”

In the 1980s, Patricia De Lille was a trade union official and rose to the leadership of the Pan African Congress (PAC), a group which had split from the now ruling African National Congress (ANC) in 1959. After leaving the PAC she formed the Independent Democrats (ID) before merging with the right-wing Democratic Alliance.

De Lille unleashed the repression against the peaceful demonstrators for attempting to hold a gathering in Rondebosch Common, which under Apartheid was an area from which non-whites were banned and is today surrounded by wealthy suburbs and golf courses. Her reactionary response was emblematic of the evolution of a whole layer of former advocates of the “liberation struggle” in the ANC and PAC, who have since become ferocious defenders of wealth and privilege.

The Mayor’s Communication Department of the City of Cape Town issued a hypocritical statement on January 27 further justifying continued and deepening social inequality as an inevitable feature of “nation building” and defending the imminent crackdown. “Occupations, illegal actions, invasions, these are all side-paths, so much more tempting for those who are weary,” it stated. “But they lead nowhere.

“All that remains at the end of these short diversions is more pain, suffering, conflict and violence. And when we descend there, we will forget where we were going, forever.”

In reality, however, it was the city administration and the police that violated the law and trampled on the rights of the demonstrators. The brutality was driven in no small measure because many of those protesting had come from poorer townships.

The U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI have opened an investigation into the “facts and circumstances” surrounding the killing of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager shot and killed last month by a neighborhood watch captain in an Orlando suburb: here.

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  3. JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON MARTIN!

    STOP THE WAR ON AFRICAN-AMERICAN YOUTH!

    TRAYVON MARTIN a 17-year-old African-American youth, was shot in the chest and killed at point-blank range by a vigilante on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla. Martin was unarmed as he was returning from a store when his young life was tragically cut short. The man who shot him, George Zimmerman — who lived in a gated community — has not been arrested as of this writing.

    Most of the following events have been posted on Facebook and Twitter. Please let the International Action Center know of other Trayvon Martin local protests by emailing iacenter@iacenter.org.

    U P C O M I N G E V E N T S ! !
    A Million Hoodies March for Trayvon Martin
    NEW YORK CITY WED ♦ MARCH 21 ► 6 p.m.
    ► Union Square ► 14 st & Broadway, New York, NY 10003

    “We must, individually and collectively, stamp out racism, stigma and prejudice.”

    Throw on your hoodies and come gather in Union Square to show your support for justice for Trayvon Martin!

    A Black person in a hoodie isn’t automatically ‘suspicious.’
    Let’s put an end to racial profiling!
    WED ♦ MARCH 21 is the U.N. International Day
    for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

    We’re going to be gathering in Union Square at 6 p.m. and march to the U.N.! Trayvon’s parents will be present!

    Not in NYC? Check-in to show your support or organize a march in your city!
    CALIFORNIA ♦ WED ♦ MARCH 21 ♦ 5:30 p.m. in PDT
    A Million Hoodies March for Trayvon Martin

    OAKLAND / SF Wed ♦ March 21st ► Gather at Bradley Manning Plaza at 5:30 p.m. to march to the United Nations Association at 6 p.m.
    U.N. International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

    Public Event • By Ingrid Martin, Anita Wills and Mona Lisa Trevino

    WEAR YOUR HOODIE ON WED 3/21 and upload a pic to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #millionhoodies.

    SIGN THE CHANGE.ORG PETITION – started by Trayvon’s parents.
    Currently at 530,000 signatures, we can move the needle to 1 million this week!
    http://www.change.org/petitions/prosecute-the-killer-of-our-son-17-year-old-trayvon-martin

    Throw on your hoodies and come gather in Bradley Manning Plaza to show your support for justice for Trayvon Martin! Bring items to create an altar for Trayvon at the U.N.

    Gather in Oakland at 14th & Broadway BART to ride together to Embarcadero: 4:30 P, 5P and 5:30P. Please know we’d stay in Oakland but the march to the U.N. feels necessary.

    Bradley Manning Plaza, Occupied San Francisco, CA
    Brooklyn, NY Wed ♦ March 21 ►12:15 p.m. until 1 p.m.

    Silent March In Honor of Trayvon Martin
    Public Event • By Tajh Danielle Sutton and Sky Menesky

    Brooklyn College Quad

    17 year old Trayvon Martin was gunned down as a direct result of racism, stereotyping and the fear. . . We at Brooklyn College, in solidarity with the national day of remembrance for Trayvon on which citizens across the country will be wearing all Black to honor the life of Trayvon and other fallen People of Color whose stories are not widely known, will be holding a silent march around the quad which will culminate in a short discussion about the Martin case, others like it, and what we as concerned citizens can do to ensure a more just future.
    Florida ► Thurs ♦ March 22

    Rev. Al Sharpton to hold a support rally to call for justice in the Trayvon Martin case:

    7:00 p.m. ► First Shiloh Baptist Church► Sanford, FL 32771
    Boston, MA ► Thurs ♦ March 22

    Outside Harvard Square T Stop 6-9 PM – Wear a hoodie!

    Facebook link
    Washington, D.C. Fri ♦ March 23
    6:30-7:30PM The Big Chair
    2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, Washington, DC

    The National Black United Front will be holding a prayer vigil in support of Trayvon Martin & his family. We are asking Black people of all backgrounds to come and have an inter-faith memorial/prayer for the spirit of Trayvon Martin & his family.

    If you can please bring a candle, a picture of Trayvon or a picture of one of our own ancestors.

    Drummers are welcomed also.

    Take the metro (Greenline) to the Anacostia stop

    For more information please contact: nbufdc@gmail.com 2025253449
    Virginia Sat ♦ March 24

    4-6 p.m.♦ Lafayette Park, Norfolk, VA
    More info: 757-472-9043
    Clever Speaks – Universal Zulu Nation Chapter 30 – Occupy the Hood Hampton Roads

    VA Represent!!! No matter the location our children and our brothers will NOT be murdered without repercussion. Come out to Lafayette Park in Norfolk this Saturday as we rally for justice & solidarity for Trayvon Martin & all families seeking justice. Help spread the word. Too Many Murders. Too Little Justice!!!!!
    Florida Mon ♦ March 26
    Justice for Trayvon Martin National March and Rally
    March 26, 2012 4:00pm!
    SANFORD CITY HALL, 300 North Park Avenue, Sanford, FL
    BRING YOUR VOICE AND A BAG OF SKITTLES
    http://www.empowermentmovement.org
    San Francisco CA Mon ♦ March 26
    12-1 p.m. ►Hall of Injustice, 850 Bryant St., San Francisco

    Emergency Scream-out (cuz speaking just isn’t enuf) for Trayvon Martin and Ramarley Graham. Monday, March 26 in solidarity with families and advocates in Florida who will be holding a rally for Trayvon Martin on the same day; speakers in S.F. include Denika Chapman, Mesha Irizarry, Lisa ‘Tiny’ Garcia, the welfareQUEENs and Poetas POBREs de POOR Magazine, which is sponsoring the event with the Idriss Stelley Foundation

    Full compilation of info at SF Bayview: http://sfbayview.com/2012/trayvon-martin-justice-department-to-investigate-fatal-shooting-of-unarmed-florida-teen/
    Pittsburgh, PA Mon ♦ March 26 ►12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

    From: Facebook By Brittany Claud

    Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh Campus)
    ON THE ACADEMIC MALL (main lawn)
    5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

    Remembering Our Lost

    Please join the Black Graduate Student Organization at Carnegie Mellon University as we rally for justice and remembrance of Trayvon Martin. THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND ALL UNIVERSITY STUDENTS IN PITTSBURGH.

    We seek justice, not only for his family and friends, but in honor of all racially profiled, stereotyped, and unjustly convicted citizens of this country, whose voices have long been suppressed and whose lives are often subject to overt discrimination and criminalization in a biased justice system.

    We are Trayvon.

    WE INVITE: All students, community leaders and activists, and residents to come and discuss the role of ethnic/racial profiling, stereotypes, and judicial bias in perpetuating violence and against minority groups in the United States. ALL ARE WELCOME.

    CHIME IN ON TWITTER: #TrayvonatCMU

    Baltimore Mon ♦ March 26
    ► 5 p.m. McKeldin Square
    Pratt & Light Streets. Gathering at 5 P.M. and marching at 5:30 P.M. sharp to the Baltimore Police Headquarters on Fayette Street.

    Justice for Trayvon Martin — Say No to Racism Everywhere!

    The Baltimore Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership has initiated along with All Peoples Congress and many other civil rights and community groups a March, Speak Out and Vigil this coming Monday, March 26th. We encourage all groups and individuals to sign on and participate.

    Monday will mark the one month anniversary of Trayvon’s murder.

    Tonight’s Wed,. March 21 Occupy 4 Jobs working group will take this up in partnership with SCLC at 7 p.m. 2011 N. Charles Street. Come if you can to pick up fliers and get info. Send this email out to your lists.

    Wear your hoodie in solidarity with Trayvon Martin to take a stand against racial profiling. Get the word out to all: Monday 5 P.M. McKeldin Square — if you cannot come at 5 P.M. because of work schedule see the schedule below.

    The Monday March will begin at McKeldin Square, Pratt & Light Streets. Gathering at 5 P.M. and marching at 5:30 P.M. sharp to the Baltimore Police Headquarters on Fayette Street. Local victims of police and those who have organized around the Shomrim case where a 15 year old student was attacked by a similar type of group in Northwest Baltimore will speak out at 6 P.M.; from here the group will March to City Hall, 100 Holiday St where participants will hold a major vigil and rally from 7 P.M. to 8 P.M.

    Local groups have begun a Baltimore petition effort to send to Florida authorities.

    For more info. call 410-218-4835 or 410-500-2168
    Washington, D.C. Mon ♦ March 26
    Black Solidarity Rally for Trayvon Martin
    @ U.S. Dept of Justice
    Public Event for NATIONAL BLACK UNITED FRONT

    Monday, March 26 ► 4 p.m. until 5 p.m.

    United States Department of Justice
    1425 New York Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC

    Stand in Solidartity with forces around the country
    & let your voice be heard.

    Come out and put pressure on the US Dept. of Justice to prosecute George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Marton.

    For more info contact:

    http://www.nbufdc.org/
    nbufdc@gmail.com
    http://www.facebook.com/nationalblackunitedfront
    http://www.twitter.com/nbuf
    202 525 3449

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