Burnaby Mountain protest continues to gather new demonstrators as 16 more arrested Saturday

Civil disobedience continued Saturday on Burnaby Mountain, as 16 more protesters were arrested after crossing the police line while activists continued to rally against a proposed oil pipeline.

Burnaby RCMP Staff Sgt. Major John Buis said to date there have been 53 people arrested for interfering with Kinder Morgan’s survey work on the mountain.

The arrests were peaceful, with supporters shouting words of encouragement to those who crossed the line. Some shouted “thank you” to those being handcuffed, while taunting the officers standing guard in a cordoned-off area, saying “You’re on the wrong side of history” and “Cross the line and join us.”

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New York City: 6 CUNY Students Violently Arrested Protesting Ex-General David Petraeus

Six students were arrested Tuesday evening in an unprovoked police attack against a peaceful protest lead by City University of New York (CUNY) students and faculty decrying the University’s appointment of former CIA chief and ex-General, David Petraeus as an adjunct professor to the Honors College. Students were punched, pushed against parked vehicles and thrown to the pavement by police captains and officers after the NYPD forced them off the sidewalk and into the street. Tuesday’s demonstration was called for by the Ad Hoc Committee Against the Militarization of CUNY.


“As students were chanting ‘War Criminal Petraeus Out of CUNY Now,’ I was shocked to see several police officers grab and brutalize one of the demonstrators,” said City College student Yexenia Vanegas. “This was completely unprovoked, as demonstrators made [it] clear that they were there to defend our university in a peaceful protest.”The arrested students were arraigned Wednesday evening, September 18, at the Manhattan Criminal Court located at 100 Centre Street. The courtroom was flooded with supporters ranging from activists, to fellow students, to CUNY faculty outraged at the NYPD’s response to their student’s attempts to peaceably assemble.

The attack occurred in front of CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College, where Petraeus has been appointed to teach a class on public policy. “Protestors were marching in a circle on the sidewalk and chanting, but the police forced them into the street and then charged. One of the most brutal things I saw was that five police officers slammed a Queens College student face down to the pavement across the street from Macaulay, put their knees on his back and he was then repeatedly kneed in the back,” said Hunter student Michael Brian. “The student was one of those pointed out by ‘white shirt’ officers, then seized and brutalized. A Latina student was heaved through the air and slammed to the ground.”

(the following video depicts the NYPD confrontation beginning at 1:56)

A broad range of CUNY students, faculty and staff members, have been carrying out a campaign of “protest and exposure” against the Board of Trustees’ appointment of Petraeus, whose documented actions as Iraq/Afghanistan war commander and CIA chief include drone strikes on civilians, the use of “enhanced interrogation” centers and the use of white phosphorus weapons in Fallujah, despite international restrictions on their use.

CUNY organizers state that this “blatant use of police brutality against peaceful protestors will not intimidate or deter those who expose the truth about the actions of David ‘Death Squad’ Petraeus and oppose attempts to turn the City University into ‘a war college.’”

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"On the night of January 28, 1968 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Jim Morrison was arrested at the Pussycat a’ Go Go for public drunkenness and vagrancy.  Apparently, Jim was beat up by the bouncers because he was smoking a cigarette like it was a joint.  One of the bouncers hit Jim over the head with a billyclub which caused Jim’s head to bleed.  Chaos ensued and the cops arrived and Jim was arrested.  On the ride to the station and while being booked, Jim was livid and incited the cops who threatened to beat him up after their shift ended.”

Lawmakers arrested at Washington rally for immigration reform

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., and Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., were among several lawmakers arrested Tuesday at an immigration rally on the National Mall in Washington.

Ellison’s staff confirmed to Al Jazeera that Ellison, who sat in the middle of Independence Avenue together with other House Democrats, had planned his act of civil disobedience to push for a law that, among other things, would allow undocumented residents to apply for U.S. citizenship.

Ellison is expected to release a formal statement on his protest later.

More than 100 demonstrators were also lined up to be arrested.

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One in 25 Americans Was Arrested in 2011 | Huffington Post

According to the FBI, in 2011 there were 3991.1 arrests for every 100,000 people living in America. That means over the course of a single year, one in 25 Americans was arrested. The arrest rate for violent crime was just 172 per 100,000, and for property crimes, it was 531. That means that in 2011, one in 33 Americans were arrested for crimes that didn’t involve violence against another person, or theft of or damage to property. More people were arrested for drug crimes than any other class of crimes — about one in every 207 of us. 

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Nov 14 (Reuters) - Venezuela’s socialist government has arrested more than 100 “bourgeois” businessmen in a crackdown on alleged price-gouging at hundreds of shops and companies since the weekend, President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday.

"They are barbaric, these capitalist parasites!" Maduro thundered in the latest of his lengthy daily speeches. "We have more than 100 of the bourgeoisie behind bars at the moment."

The successor to the late Hugo Chavez also said his government was preparing a law to limit Venezuelan businesses’ profits to between 15 percent and 30 percent.

Officials say unscrupulous companies have been hiking prices of electronics and other goods more than 1,000 percent. 

"Goodyear has to lower its prices even more, 15 percent is not enough, the inspectors have go there straightaway," Maduro said in his evening address, sending officials to check local operations of the U.S.-based tire manufacturer.

Since the weekend, soldiers and inspectors have gone into 1,400 shops, taken over operations at an electronics firm and a battery-making company, and rounded up a handful of looters.

Awesome. Now can somebody tell Reuters that ‘bourgeois businessmen’ is kinda redundant?

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“‘Welcome to Tampa Bay Republican National Convention,’ where the cops will arrest you for wearing a bandana, ram their bikes into you while you’re taking pictures, and block off an entire intersection in riot gear with shields and less than lethal weapons. 

"These officers were responding to a short, peaceful, unpermitted march through the streets of Tampa today. They allowed us to finish the march, but once it was time to march back to the Romneyville, tons of riot cops were brought in. There was absolutely no reason for this sort of response. 

"The last photo is of an arrest earlier in the day. The protestor was arrested simply for wearing a bandana (it’s illegal during the RNC), and multiple cops rammed into me with their bikes while I was taking pictures." 

Report and photos by Jenna Pope