New York, NY – We support Occupy but worry about violent reactions by protesters to police provocation and physical abuse.We came to the march on a peacekeeping mission. Peace for ALL was our objective. With an image of Gandhi and flashing peace signs, we walked the edges and spread our message of peace. We were constantly smiled at and peace signs were returned by spectators and protesters even a few cops. Photographers loved us.
At one point, we heard the “shame” chant, so we rushed over and put ourselves between protesters and police, who had just violently attacked a demonstrator. Quickly others joined us and we were able to calm the crowd, because it seemed a riot was about to break out.
We heard only violent provocative words from angry protesters, no violent actions. We did witness NYPD abuse.
It’s important that Occupy remain peaceful, for otherwise we fall prey to authoritarian provocation. Please DO NOT PLAY THEIR GAME!
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