OccupyWallStreet: outrage at use of pepper spray
Protesters name police officer alleged to have used mace on female activists (with video)
PROTESTERS camped out in New York's financial district have begun a campaign to have a police officer punished after he appeared to casually pepper-spray a group of peaceful female activists.
The incident is captured - just - in the video above. It is difficult to ascertain the context in which the pepper spray was allegedly used, but another video taken at the same time shows that the women, who were penned in by police, had been shouting "Shame!" at officers as they arrested another protester.
The protest, called OccupyWallStreet, started on September 17, when several hundred people set up camp in Liberty Square, about 100m from their actual target, which has been blocked off by police barricades. Like similar movements in Spain and Egypt, activists aim to remain until their demands - such as ending the influence money has over democratic representatives - are met.
One of their slogans is: "We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%."
The pepper spray incident came at the weekend, when several thousand protesters marched on Union Square. The activists behind OccupyWallStreet have named the police officer they believe used the pepper spray on the protesters and are urging sympathisers to report his alleged crimes.
They say the publicity has swollen their ranks – and even claim that "one hundred blue collar police refused to come into work in solidarity with our movement". ·
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