China will demand confirmation of the U.S. Gold being held up as collateral for the foreign debt owed to China. An audit of Ft. Knox with independent testing of the claimed gold the U.S. purports to have on demand will send shock waves through the world just as if it was struck by an earthquake. It will leave the U.S. and its debtors reeling in its aftershocks that will bring down much of the world’s economic structure. “Lie about the gold, and what else have you been lying about?” The U.S. will become the most despised nation on earth.
The leaders of the Occupy Melbourne group forcibly removed from their City Square camp say they want the Victorian Ombudsman to investigate at least 43 instances of police violence against demonstrators. – smh.com.au
FORTY people have been arrested during what protesters say was a violent dawn police raid on the Occupy Sydney site in the CBD. Police, including riot squad officers, raided the site at Martin Place shortly before 5am (AEDT) today and cleared the area of more than 100 protesters. Activists said police bashed and manhandled protesters who refused to leave the camp and confiscated their possessions amid violent scenes. Forty people were arrested and 29 of those were issued with infringement notices for breaching a local government act, police said. – News.com.au
CHICAGO (AP) – Anti-Wall Street demonstrators of the Occupy Chicago movement stood their ground in a downtown park in noisy but peaceful defiance of police orders to clear out, prompting at least 100 arrests early Sunday, authorities said. Occupy Chicago spokesman Joshua Kaunert vowed after the arrests that the protesters would be coming back. “We’re not going anywhere. There are still plenty of us,” Kaunert told The Associated Press after police began the wave of arrests that took more than an hour to complete. – USAToday
The British daily is out with a survey of alleged brutality and racial profiling by police in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and elsewhere. Civil libertarians say police are violating rights and defaulting to violence. That’s the reason, one told the Guardian, that police are increasingly demanding that passersby not film them making arrests or performing interrogations. – The Atlantic Wire
CLEVELAND, Ohio — The 11 Occupy Cleveland protesters arrested Friday night on Public Square in an act of civil disobedience emerged on Saturday disheveled but no worse for wear from their overnight stay in city jail. “Some people got treated a little more roughly than others, but at the end of the day, it wasn’t New York,” said arrested protester Erin McCardle, 23, of Cleveland. “There was no pepper spray, no batons.” – Blog.Cleveland.com
Raleigh, N.C. — Supporters of the “Occupy Wall Street” protests promised to be back in downtown Raleigh Sunday, a day after 20 people were arrested after a demonstration at the State Capitol. Organizers of the “Occupy Raleigh” protests said they would convene again at State Capitol grounds on Edenton Street at noon and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. “Even if we aren’t back tomorrow morning, we will be back,” law school student Jeanelle Alexander said Saturday. – WRAL
Hundreds of hooded, masked protesters rampaged through Rome in some of the worst violence in the Italian capital for years Saturday, torching cars and breaking windows during a larger peaceful protest against elites blamed for economic downturn.
Police repeatedly fired tear gas and water cannon in attempts to disperse them but the clashes with a minority of violent demonstrators stretched into the evening, hours after tens of thousands of people in Rome joined a global “day of rage” against bankers and politicians.
Smoke rose over many parts of the neighborhood between the Colosseum and St John’s Basilica, forcing many residents and peaceful demonstrators to run into buildings and churches for shelter as militant protesters ran wild.
After police managed to push the well-organized radicals away from the St. John’s area, they ravaged a major thoroughfare, the Via Merulana — building barricades with garbage cans and setting the netting of the scaffolding of a building on fire.
Discontent is smoldering in Italy over high unemployment, political paralysis and 60 billion euros ($83 billion) of austerity measures that have raised taxes and the cost of health care.
The violence at times resembled urban guerrilla warfare as protesters hurled rocks, bottles and fireworks at police, who responded by repeatedly charging the demonstrators.
Around 70 people were injured, according to news reports, including one man who tried to stop the protesters from throwing bottles.
Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno blamed the violence on “a few thousand thugs from all over Italy, and possibly from all over Europe, who infiltrated the demonstration.” Some Rome museums were forced to close down and at least one theater canceled a show.
Protesters also set fire to a building, causing the roof to collapse, reports said. The Defense Ministry denied reports it was one of its offices.
Premier Silvio Berlusconi called the violence a “worrying signal,” and added that the perpetrators “must be found and punished.”
Berlusconi barely survived a confidence vote Friday, with many questioning his leadership. Italy’s debt burden is second only to Greece in the 17-nation eurozone and the country is rapidly becoming a focus of concern in Europe’s debt crisis.
At one point radicals surrounded a police van near St John’s Basilica, pelted it with rock and bottles, and set it on fire. The two occupants managed to escape, television footage showed.
Some peaceful demonstrators also clashed with the militants and turned some of them over to police.
A day of worldwide protests inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement in the United States began Saturday with the hundreds of people gathering in cities from Japan and South Korea to Australia.
Organizers had hoped to see non-violent demonstrations in 951 cities in Asia, Europe, South America and Africa in addition to every state in the United States.
In the continental Europe’s financial capital, some 5,000 people protested in front of the European Central Bank , while in London, around 500 people marched from St. Paul’s cathedral to the nearby stock exchange. A website called 15october.net urged the people of the world to “rise up” and “claim their rights and demand a true democracy.”
“Now it is time for all of us to join in a global non violent protest. The ruling powers work for the benefit of just a few, ignoring the will of the vast majority and the human and environmental price we all have to pay. This intolerable situation must end,” the website says.
About 2,000 people, including representatives of Aboriginal groups, communists and trade unionists, protested outside the central Reserve Bank of Australia.
“I think people want real democracy,” said Nick Carson, a spokesman for OccupyMelbourne.Org. “They don’t want corporate influence over their politicians. They want their politicians to be accountable.”
The crowd cheered a speaker who shouted, “We’re sick of corporate greed! Big banks, big corporate power standing over us and taking away our rights!”
How does a group like Occupy Wall Street get anything done?
Danny Lim, a 67-year-old immigrant from Malaysia, said he moved to Australia 48 years ago in search of opportunities.
Now he no longer trusts the government to look after his best interests. He thinks Australia’s government has become too dependent upon the U.S. for direction.
“The big man — they don’t care. They screw everyone. Eventually we’ll mortgage our children away,” Lim said.
Where the ongoing nuclear crisis dominates public concerns, about 200 people joined the global protests Saturday.
Under the light drizzle, the participants marched outside the Tokyo Electric Power Co., which operates the tsunami-hit Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, chanting anti-nuclear slogans, while opposing the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade bloc that Japan is considering joining.
“No to nuclear power,” the marchers chanted as they held up banners.
Over 100 people gathered at the Taipei 101 skyscraper, home to the stock exchange , chanting “we are
Taiwan’s 99 percent”, saying economic growth had only benefited companies while middle-class salaries barely covered soaring housing, education and healthcare costs.
They found support from a top businessmen, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp Chairman Morris Chang, who told reporters in the northern city of Hsinchu that Taiwan’s income gap was a serious issue.
“I’ve been against the gap between rich and poor,” Chang said. “The wealth of the top 1 percent has increased very fast in the past 20, 30 years. ‘Occupy Wall Street’ is a reaction to that. We have to take the issue seriously…”
About 100 members of various groups under the Philippine left-wing alliance, Bayan, marched on the U.S. Embassy Saturday morning to express support for the Occupy Wall Street protests in the United States and to denounce “U.S. imperialism” and U.S.-led wars and aggression.
They carried a large banner that said, “Resist imperialist plunder, state repression and wars of aggression,” and another expressing “Solidarity action for Occupy Wall Street.”
They also chanted “U.S. troops, out now!” in reference to the presence of hundreds of U.S. soldiers, mostly in the southern Philippines, involved in anti-terrorism training of Filipino troops. One man carried a placard saying “Genuine people’s democracy lives in the streets.”
In South Korea, activists gathered on the streets of Seoul.
The Korea Herald newspaper reported that a coalition of 30 local civic groups planned to hold a two-day protest in the main financial district of Yeouido and other parts of the capital.
The protesters, who have adopted slogans and imagery used by those in the U.S., say the rally is designed to motivate “99 percent of Koreans” to complain about the actions of the wealthiest “1 percent,” the paper said.
“The situation is the same in South Korea (as the U.S.), where the financial institutions have speculated to earn high profits in a short time.
The protesters want compensation for people who lost money in the banking crisis.
Seoul police warned that damaging public facilities, occupying roads and assaulting police officers would not be tolerated, the Herald said.
“We will arrest those who stage illegal protests on the spot and also seek legal action even after the rally ends,” the Seoul Metropolitan Agency said in a release, the paper reported.
The call for mass protests around the world Saturday originated a month ago from a meeting in Spain, where mostly young and unemployed people angry at the country’s handling of the economic crisis have been demonstrating for months.
It was reposted on the Occupy Wall Street website and has been further amplified through social media.
Protesters in London vowed to occupy the London Stock Exchange Saturday. Nights of rioting rocked the British capital in August after the fatal police shooting of a 29-year-old man.
“We have people from all walks of life joining us every day,” said Spyro, one of those behind a Facebook page in London which has grown to some 12,000 followers in a few weeks.
Spyro, a 28-year-old who has a well-paid job and did not want to give his full name, summed up the main target of the global protests as “the financial system.”
Protests were planned for Saturday in cities including Montreal and Vancouver. In Toronto, demonstrators plan to gather at Canada’s main stock exchange.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he doubted Canadians would be as angry as their neighbors to the south as Canadian banks have not received a U.S.-type bailout.
He declined to comment when asked if he was concerned about a possible repeat of street violence that Toronto experienced at the G-20 summit last year.
In the United States, the hundreds of protesters at Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park — site of the original Occupy protest — called for more people to join them.
Politicians in both President Barack Obama’s Democratic Party and the Republican Party struggled to come up with a response to the growing nationwide movement.
Democrats have been largely supportive but also wary of endorsing criticism of Obama’s rescue of big banks in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. The bank bailout was launched in the last months of President George W. Bush’s administration.
Republicans at first criticized the demonstrations but have shifted their tone in recent days.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor warned of “growing mobs” but later said the protesters were “justifiably frustrated.” - MSNBC
“A plan of action: It is now wise if each of you have not already done so, to purchase dry products such as rice, beans, canned foods, bottled water, first aid kit and be prepared to remain in seclusion for a period of time. When things come to a head and break loose upon this Country, those things will not be available for a considerable length of time. The United States has a secret plan to reopen closed military bases for incarceration of those demonstrating against the United States government. For you own present welfare, please do not take part in any of the coming surges of unrest. An iron fist is what awaits those that rise up. Oppression of Satan’s unjust world is only the beginning of the nightmare awaiting mankind, but deliverance will come through Yahweh’s army of heavenly hosts. We are not blind to your dilemma or your cries of desperation. As things culminate into the mire of a feeling of desolation, Yahweh the Warrior will rise up and deliver Her people. Be patient and ever diligent towards your coming deliverance from Satan’s hell on earth.” Bebai, LOZ
“Wall Street got bailed out, and we all got sold out!”
From the streets of New York … to the nation’s capital … to the South (Mobile, Ala., Jacksonville, Fla.) and West (Portland, Ore.), Americans are frustrated and making their voices heard.
“Wealthy individuals who own giant corporations have bought off our Congress and bought off our government and, you know, the people no longer have a voice anymore,” one protester told CBS News.
The marchers come from all walks of life – young and old, male and female, hoping their lawmakers are listening.
“I think the message is obvious,” said Jesse Lagreca, 38. “The wealthiest one percent is taking advantage of working class people. They’ve been selling us faulty financial products, they’ve been taking huge bonuses while depending on society to bail them out.”
CBSMoneywatch’s Jill Schlesinger points out that, according to economists at Northeastern University, corporate profits represented 88 percent of the growth in real national income between the 2Q of 2009 and 4Q of 2010, during the same period aggregate wages and salaries accounted for just over 1 percent. “The money that companies have earned during the recovery has mostly stayed within corporate America,” writes Schlesinger, “and has not trickled down into higher wages, nor has it created enough jobs to put some of the 14 million unemployed Americans back to work.”
“Ninety-nine percent of the people need to be prospering, not just the top one percent,” said Michael Mulgrew, president of New York City’s United Federation of Teachers.
“Every community knows they’re hurting, what’s going on is wrong, and it’s time to stop this and make a difference, and do things that allow all people to prosper.”
On “The Early Show” Monday, Former Senator Russell Feingold, D-Wis., said of the protests spreading across the country, “I’m not just pleased about it, I’m excited about it.”
He reflected on the pro-labor demonstrations in Wisconsin earlier this year that were sparked by the governor’s fight to take away collective bargaining rights from public sector workers in his state. “We did it here, and I think this is going to happen all over the country,” Feingold said, “because people have been kicked when they are down, over and over again. You can only kick people so long before they react.
“This is time now for accountability, and this is a good way to show people how strongly we feel. The working people of this country have been treated very brutally and it has to change.” – CBSNews
Since early this year we have been sounding the warning of coming protests to the U.S. Next is rioting, and then martial law.
The rioting will soon invade the news as Americans vent their frustrations and feeling of being treated as cattle. Military intervention will occur and Martial Law will be declared as the citizens of the United States have lost their jobs and will then lose their liberties.
Do not take part in any rioting. Do not oppose the government of the United States. Await Yahweh’s army to liberate Christ’s followers.
The National Air and Space Museum in Washington was closed Saturday after anti-war demonstrators swarmed the building to protest a drone exhibit and security guards used pepper spray to repel them, sickening a number of protesters.
Smithsonian spokesman John Gibbons said a large group of demonstrators, estimated at 100 to 200 people, arrived at about 3 p.m. and tried to enter the National Mall museum. When a security guard stopped group members from entering, saying they could not bring in signs, he was apparently held by demonstrators, Gibbons said. A second guard who arrived used pepper spray on at least one person and the crowd dispersed, he added.
A number of groups have been demonstrating in the city in the past week. The group that arrived at the museum Saturday included individuals taking part in the October 2011 Stop the Machine demonstration in the city’s Freedom Plaza, which has an anti-war and anti-corporate greed message. The group also included protesters affiliated with Occupy D.C., a group modeled on the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York City. Occupy D.C. has been holding marches and meetings in Washington’s McPherson Square.
David Swanson, 41, of Charlottesville, Va., said he was among dozens of people sickened by the pepper spray. He said he got sick even though he was outside the building when the spraying began.
“I began choking and vomiting and got a headache,” Swanson said.
Swanson, who says he has been part of the Freedom Plaza protest, says protesters were not looking to shut down the museum but to make a point about the massive military spending and the use of deadly drones. He said the security officers got aggressive after some protesters unfurled a protest banner inside.
He posted videos on his blog, warisacrime.org, that shows a security officer yelling “Get back” as pepper spray is apparently used. Several people fell to the ground outside in agony as others coughed, rubbed their eyes and fled the building.
Pete Piringer, a D.C. fire department spokesman, told The Associated Press on Saturday evening that medics treated or evaluated a dozen people at the scene but that no one was seriously hurt by the pepper spray.
Legba Carrefour, who is working with Occupy D.C., said a number of individuals joined the march to the museum following an afternoon meeting of the group.
Ann Wilcox, a lawyer working with Stop the Machine, said a 19-year-old woman from Madison, Wis., was arrested by police. She paid a fine and was released later Saturday. Wilcox said the protesters went to the Air and Space museum to demonstrate against a drone exhibit.
The museum has an exhibit, “Military Unmanned Aerial Vehicles,” that covers the history of unmanned aircraft and their current use as offensive weapons. Drones are often called the weapon of choice of the Obama administration, which quadrupled drone strikes against al-Qaida targets in Pakistan’s lawless tribal areas, up from less than 50 under the Bush administration to more than 220 in the past three years. - News-Sun