Participants and supporters of the Occupy Together movement gathered in downtown Nashville on Saturday. After holding a “general assembly” for an hour and a half, the group, which at its peak reached several hundred in number, marched several blocks from the lawn in front of City Hall to the Tennessee State Capitol building and back in a loop two times, chanting, “We are the 99 percent!” Participants included both young and old, and even a few children.
Asked what brought him to the protest, Seth said, “I’m fed up with the way corporations are controlling the American government. I don’t think capitalism itself is the problem. It’s more corporatism—the way that corporations are treated as people and given all the rights of people, and the way that Congress particularly seems to be controlled by the purse strings that are paid by all these corporations.I've never been to Nashville. I wouldn't have expected OWS to take off there. Obviously I was wrong. I think that's a sign of just how popular the OWS movement has become. By the way, I'm not forgetting the name of the person who wrote the report I quoted from above, they're just referred to/billed as "our reporter."
Libby Liberal has posted the second part of her report at Corrente and in the piece from it that I'm excerpting, she's anticipating being arrested:
I kept glancing at my watch as the minute hand approached the 12 to 7 AM. Not exactly as benign as awaiting the ball drop at Times Square I thought. I also kept thinking of that titillating and provocative New York Post coverage. There I stood, sipping down the last of my coffee, wondering where and how the police would press upon us. How the ambush would come? What would it be like being restrained, penned and forcibly labelled and recorded as an official enemy of the state for protesting the corruption of said state?
I noticed two tall young men in dark sweatshirts who had swimming goggles pushed up on their foreheads. Aha, I thought. That is the proper wardrobe for pepper-spraying. Still, I had my glasses on and my eyewash in my knapsack.
I thought of that horrible police officer, an inspector wasn’t it, Bologna, who had pepper-sprayed four corralled young women near Union Square not long ago. They were helpless and he inflicted that pain gratuitously upon them. He and the police captured them for arrest maybe, but he was captured, thankfully, too, on video. It had been 80 people who had gotten arrested that day.
And then, the Saturday before last, I had made it to the march late, in fact I had missed all those arrests on the Brooklyn Bridge by only fifteen minutes. 700 people were “kettled” on the bridge and then arrested. 700 plus at once. Stunning and disgusting. What on earth happened during this “kettling”?
Would we be somehow “kettled” today? I looked around nervously. Apparently the police had done it with some kind of orange netting. Netting? Scooped you up like helpless fish from the sea? With the same indifference as pragmatic fishermen to the future welfare of their catch?
Did she get arrested?
Well I guess you better use that link above and find out.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Tuesday: