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Brooklyn Bridge and Economic Injustice

マスコミの報道が限られていても、YouTubeで,現場から映像が入手できる時代になった。典型的な非暴力デモであり、しかも統制がとれている。デモの指導者が,挑発にのらないようにデモ隊との間に入っている画像も見える。警察が、ひとりひとりを抜き出して、手錠をかけている場面も写っている。マルチン・ルーサー・キング牧師の非暴力の手法がまだ維持されている。

市場原理主義の本家本元である、ウォールストリートやそれに追随する政府はもとより、社会経済の不正に対する反発が、米国内でも沸騰点に達したということだろう。

画像には次のような解説がついている。

「In a tense showdown above the East River, the police arrested about 400 demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street protests who took to the roadway as they tried to cross the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday afternoon(NY Time).

The police did not immediately release precise arrest figures, but said it was the choice of those marchers that led to the swift enforcement.

"Protesters who used the Brooklyn Bridge walkway were not arrested," said the head police spokesman, Paul J. Browne. "Those who took over the Brooklyn-bound roadway, and impeded vehicle traffic, were arrested."

But many protesters said that they thought the police had tricked and trapped them, allowing them onto the bridge and even escorting them across, only to surround them in orange netting after hundreds of them had entered.

警察が橋の上におびき出した可能性が指摘されている。

"The cops watched and did nothing, indeed, seemed to guide us on to the roadway," said Jesse A. Myerson, a media coordinator for Occupy Wall Street who was in the march but was not arrested.

Things came to a head shortly after 4 p.m., as the 1,500 or so marchers reached the foot of the Brooklyn-bound car lanes of the bridge, just east of City Hall.

In their march north from Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan — headquarters for the last two weeks of a protest movement against what demonstrators call inequities in the economic system — they had stayed on the sidewalks, forming a long column of humanity penned in by officers on scooters.

Where the entrance to the bridge narrowed their path, some marchers, including organizers, stuck to the generally agreed-upon route and headed up onto the wooden walkway that runs between and about 15 feet above the bridge's traffic lanes.

But about 20 others headed for the Brooklyn-bound roadway, said Christopher T. Dunn of the New York Civil Liberties Union, who accompanied the march. Some of them chanted "take the bridge." They were met by a handful of high-level police supervisors, who blocked the way and announced repeatedly through bullhorns that the marchers were blocking the roadway and that if they continued to do so, they would be subject to arrest.

There were no physical barriers, though, and at one point, the marchers began walking up the roadway with the police commanders in front of them -- seeming, from a distance, as if they were leading the way. The Chief of Department Joseph J. Esposito, and a horde of other white-shirted commanders, was among them.」

http://gothamist.com/2011/09/27/video_michael_moore_visits_occupati.php

マイケル・ムーア監督がデモ隊の激励の為に訪れた場面が映像になっているが、拡声器の使用が禁止されていいるので、 誰かが発言するとこれを周りの人が繰り返して、大きな声にする手法がとられている。これが却ってデモへの参加意識を増幅している可能性がある。

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