The 2011 Occupy Wall Street Protests

Government files reveal official campaign of spying against Occupy Wall Street

By Matthew MacEgan, 27 May 2014

4,000 pages of government communications detail the use of “fusion centers” in the coordinated mass surveillance against the protests in 2011 and 2012.

Occupy Wall Street protester jailed for three months in case of police beating

By Sandy English, 20 May 2014

In a ruling designed to intimidate opponents of social inequality in the US, a judge in New York City sentenced Occupy Wall Street activist Cecily McMillan to 90 days in jail.

The criminalization of political opposition in America

By Patrick Martin, 12 May 2014

The Obama administration is using the anti-democratic methods of the “war on terror” against its domestic political opponents.

Jurors urge no prison for convicted Occupy protester in New York

By Fred Mazelis, 10 May 2014

A letter from nine of the twelve jurors in the trial of Cecily McMillan takes a stand against the vindictive prosecution of the activist.

Brutalized by cops, convicted Occupy protester faces seven years in jail

By Bill Van Auken, 7 May 2014

Following her conviction in a rigged trial, Occupy Wall Street protester Cecily McMillan is facing a seven-year jail sentence.

New York police arrest hundreds on first anniversary of Occupy Wall Street protests

By Sandy English, 18 September 2012

The New York Police Department (NYPD) arrested nearly 200 protesters on Monday as they attempted to surround the New York Stock Exchange and block traffic in the city’s financial district.

Texas: Austin police provocateurs infiltrated, entrapped Houston Occupy protesters

By Charles Abelard, 10 September 2012

Austin police detectives infiltrated a protest at the Port of Houston and advised the young protesters to use illegal equipment, resulting in felony charges after their arrest.

Los Angeles police riot leads to arrests, injuries

By Jack Hood, 14 July 2012

A force of 150 Los Angeles Police Department officers broke-up a small demonstration of Occupy Los Angeles protesters Thursday night, using rubber bullets and batons to disperse the estimated crowd of 200.

City authorities in Frankfurt, Germany ban Occupy protest

By Sven Heymann, 17 May 2012

In a blatant attack on democratic rights, the city of Frankfurt am Main imposed a complete ban on the “Blockupy” protests scheduled for this week.

The establishment politics of the May 1 Occupy protests

By Joseph Kishore, 3 May 2012

The political conceptions expressed May 1 in the demonstrations organized by the Occupy movement posed no threat to the parties of big business.

Union-dominated 99 Percent Spring holds protest stunt in Detroit

By Andre Damon, 26 April 2012

The 99 Percent Spring, a front group for the trade unions and other pro-Democratic Party organizations, held a rally in Detroit Wednesday morning to protest a shareholders meeting of GE.

Occupy London camp cleared by police from St Paul’s Cathedral

By Paul Stuart, 29 February 2012

Riot police moved in at midnight February 28 to clear the Occupy protest camp established outside St Paul’s Cathedral last October.

Oakland proposes anti-protest measure after police crackdown

By David Brown, 8 February 2012

Emboldened by the successful arrests of around 400 protesters last week, the city government of Oakland, California is hoping to curb all future protests through stricter enforcement of permit laws.

Police raid Occupy DC protest

By Kate Randall, 6 February 2012

US Park Police raided the Occupy DC encampment on Saturday morning, removing protesters’ personal belongings, the majority of tents, and making 11 arrests.

Occupy DC protesters ordered to end camps

By Niall Green, 31 January 2012

The restrictions put in place by the National Parks Service against demonstrators in the US capital are the latest politically-driven effort to shut down the Occupy movement.

Forty arrested at Cape Town Occupy

By Iqra Qalam, 31 January 2012

Forty people were arrested last Friday in a brutal police crackdown on an Occupy Rondebosch Common demonstration in Cape Town, South Africa.

Two dozen arrested in San Francisco, California Occupy march

By Jack Hood, 26 January 2012

About two thousand people participated in demonstrations on Friday in San Francisco, and police in riot gear responded with 24 arrests.

Occupy London faces eviction as police trash Parliament Square protest

By Paul Stuart, 21 January 2012

On January 18, Justice Lindblom at the Royal Courts of Justice gave the go-ahead for the eviction of the Occupy London Stock Exchange protest.

Occupy Bristol served eviction notice by church and council

By Mark Blackwood and Ben Silver, 21 January 2012

Occupy Bristol, the largest tented demonstration outside London and part of the international movement against social inequality, has been served with eviction.

Bank of New York-Mellon seeks to evict Occupy Pittsburgh

By Samuel Davidson, 12 January 2012

Lawyers for Bank of New York-Mellon are seeking to have anti-Wall Street protesters evicted from the park they have occupied for three months.

New York City police arrest another 68 Occupy Wall Street protesters

By Sandy English, 3 January 2012

On New Year’s Eve New York City police arrested dozens of people, including passersby, during an Occupy Wall Street demonstration in Manhattan.

Oakland police shut down new Occupy encampment

By Jack Hood and Kevin Kearney, 30 December 2011

Oakland Police officers raided another occupy encampment Wednesday evening, only hours after occupy protestors had claimed the empty lot as a “winter safe haven” for occupiers and the San Francisco Bay Area’s burgeoning homeless population.

A personal perspective on the UK Occupy Movement

29 December 2011

Mark was one of those who initiated the Occupy protest in Bristol, England. Below he gives his views on the strengths and weaknesses of the movement.

Portland teachers protest principal’s removal of Occupy speakers

By Hector Cordon, 27 December 2011

In the first week of December, a Portland Occupy education group invited by a sixth-grade teacher to speak to his class was ordered by a school official to leave shortly after their presentation had ended and discussion with the students had begun.

Occupy Albany encampment brutally attacked by police

By Philip Guelpa, 24 December 2011

Police staged a violent attack on peaceful Occupy Albany protesters Thursday, with mounted police using pepper spray and brutally tearing down the last of the occupation’s tents.

Occupy Tampa activist released from jail after protests

By Matthew MacEgan, 24 December 2011

A 23-year-old volunteer firefighter was released from jail in Tampa, Florida on Thursday, after spending several days in jail. A judge had threatened to have him held without bond until a March trial, on a trespassing charge.

New York City: Over 50 protesters arrested during attempt to establish new occupation site

By Sandy English, 19 December 2011

Police in New York City arrested over 50 protesters on Saturday as they attempted to occupy an empty lot near Lower Manhattan’s Canal Street.

West Coast demonstrations target port operators

By David Brown, 14 December 2011

On Monday, protesters sought to shut down ports across the West Coast. They succeeded in disrupting the ports in Oakland, Longview, and Portland, and caused temporary delays in Seattle and Long Beach.

Occupy Pittsburgh ordered to empty camp

By Samuel Davidson, 12 December 2011

Members of Occupy Pittsburgh have been ordered to remove all their tents and belongings from the park that they have been occupying since October 15.

City of Boston shuts down Occupy encampment

By Kate Randall, 12 December 2011

Early Saturday morning, at least 100 Boston police officers swept into Dewey Square to shut down the Occupy Boston encampment, making 46 arrests.

City threatens to clear Occupy Albany encampment

By Philip Guelpa, 9 December 2011

Albany’s Democratic mayor is preparing to evict Occupy protesters, using alleged violations of safety and health codes as a pretext.

Police arrest over 70 in attack on Occupy San Francisco encampment

By James Brewer, 8 December 2011

One hundred police in riot gear laid siege to the Occupy San Francisco encampment in a surprise early morning raid.

Los Angeles police infiltrate Occupy LA

By our reporter, 6 December 2011

Undercover Los Angeles Police Department officers began infiltrating the Occupy LA encampment at least two weeks before the police raid on November 30.

Occupy DC: Police arrest 31, demolish protest structure

By our correspondents, 6 December 2011

Police made arrests at the protest site near the White House, partially dismantling a temporary structure to be used for Occupy meetings.

Police arrest 19 Occupy Portland protesters

By Kate Randall, 5 December 2011

Police in riot gear moved against an Occupy Portland encampment Saturday night, dismantling tents and making 19 arrests.

Police arrest 29 Occupy Tampa protesters

By Kate Randall, 3 December 2011

Police in Florida arrested 29 Occupy Tampa protesters Thursday night in the latest move by city administrations nationwide to shut down the protests.

Police confiscate tents from Minneapolis protesters

By our reporter, 3 December 2011

Hennepin County Sheriff’s deputies raided the downtown encampment of Minneapolis occupiers and confiscate tents in wake of new ban on overnight camping in the government plaza.

Occupy Boston: Order barring eviction remains in effect for now

By Kate Randall, 2 December 2011

A restraining order barring the City of Boston from evicting Occupy Boston protesters will remain in effect temporarily while a judge considers her decision.

The way forward in the fight for social equality

By Andre Damon, 2 December 2011

With the forcible clearing of protest sites in Los Angeles and Philadelphia, the coordinated drive by local governments has led to the shutdown of the Occupy encampments in most major US cities.

Police attack Occupy camps in Los Angeles and Philadelphia, arresting 350

By Rafael Azul, 1 December 2011

With military precision, squads of police officers, many of them in riot gear and armed with tear gas and bean bag guns, proceeded to remove the 1,400 protesters at the Los Angeles camp.

Occupy UC Davis protesters adopt resolution calling for break with Democratic Party

By David Brown, 1 December 2011

The resolution, presented by a member of the International Students for Social Equality, denounces the attack on UC Davis students, and calls for an independent social and political movement of the entire working class.

Protesters in Philadelphia and Los Angeles resist attempts to end occupations

By our reporters, 29 November 2011

Officials in Los Angeles, California and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania—both headed by Democratic Party mayors—are seeking to end occupations in their cities, part of a nationwide campaign to shut down the protests against inequality.

Students protest tuition hikes and police violence at UC Davis

By our reporters, 29 November 2011

Several hundred students at the University of California, Davis participated in protests on Monday in opposition to tuition increases and the pepper spraying of peaceful protesters.

New York: CUNY students denounce police attacks

By Sandy English, 29 November 2011

Hundreds of students from the City University of New York marched Monday to protest police violence that culminated in the arrest of 15 students last week.

UC Davis Chancellor Katehi’s past: Police repression in Greece, FBI spying in the US

By Jack Hood, 28 November 2011

The UC Davis chancellor who ordered police action against peaceful protesters is a prime example of the growing nexus between corporate CEOs, academic administrators and the police-intelligence apparatus.

The Occupy London movement at the crossroads

By Julie Hyland, 28 November 2011

Having initially maintained their distance from the protest outside St. Paul’s cathedral in central London, the political establishment now claims to share its concerns over social inequality.

Unite the working class to defend public education and democratic rights!

By International Students for Social Equality, 28 November 2011

The attack by campus police against a peaceful protest at UC Davis raises the need for a mass movement of the working class to protect the right to education and democratic rights.

International statements of support for UC Davis protests

26 November 2011

Members and supporters of the International Students for Social Equality discuss the political and international significance of the attack on Occupy protesters at the University of California, Davis.

Police evict Occupy Toronto protesters

By Carl Bronski, 25 November 2011

Wednesday’s eviction of protesters from Toronto’s St. James Cathedral Park is part of a concerted effort by state authorities to bring an end to the Occupy protests across Canada.

Corruption-plagued NYPD tramples on democratic rights

By Ali Ismail, 25 November 2011

The draconian response of the New York Police Department to the ongoing anti-Wall Street protests in the city is part of a stepped-up attack on democratic rights.

The Occupy protests in Australia, the unions and the pseudo-left

By Patrick O’Connor, 24 November 2011

The pseudo-left organisations—Socialist Alliance, Socialist Alternative, and the Socialist Party—have insisted that the key task of the Occupy movement is to secure the support of senior trade union bureaucrats.

“They are taking away people’s rights”

Auto workers denounce police attack on California students

By Jerry White, 24 November 2011

Last week’s attack on the UC Davis students has provoked widespread disgust and anger among workers.

David Harvey and the Occupy Movement

By Nick Beams, 23 November 2011

Harvey is using his reputation as an analyst of Marxist political economy and a critic of capitalism to try to emasculate the Occupy movement and subordinate it to the present political order.

Thousands rally at UC Davis against police brutality and education cuts

By Jack Hood, 23 November 2011

Over 5,000 students gathered on the University of California, Davis quad to protest police brutality, social inequality, and tuition hikes. During a general assembly, the students voted in favor of a university strike, to be held on November 28.

New York police beat and arrest students protesting tuition increase

By Sandy English, 23 November 2011

Police from the Public Safety Department of the City University of New York (CUNY), assisted by the New York City Police Department, arrested 15 students at a public hearing of the CUNY Board of Trustees Monday evening.

The police assault at University of California, Davis

By Jerry White, 23 November 2011

The November 18 police assault on protesting students at University of California, Davis has exposed the reactionary and brutal character of political, social and economic relations in the United States.

Opposition grows to police attack on UC Davis students

By Joseph Kishore, 22 November 2011

There are certain events that serve to lift the veil on class relations and become the focal point for mass public outrage. The deliberately vicious pepper spraying of peaceful protesters at the University of California, Davis is one of these events.

Occupy Bristol supporters attend Capita strike picket

By Richard Duckworth, 22 November 2011

Workers employed at Capita, the UK’s leading outsourcing company operating the BBC TV licensing contract, held their third one day strike on November 18.

Letter on Occupy Toronto

22 November 2011

A report from a reader on the Toronto protest and impending police crackdown.

The police attack at UC Davis: The working class and the defense of democratic rights

By Statement International Students for Social Equality, 21 November 2011

Friday’s assault by University of California Davis police on a peaceful protest is part of a nationwide wave of police repression against the Occupy movement.

Crackdown on Occupy Canada encampments

By Carl Bronski, 21 November 2011

Anti-Wall Street protesters in Toronto marched on Saturday against efforts by the administration of right-wing mayor Rob Ford to evict several hundred people from St. James Park.

New York governor moves to forcibly remove Occupy Albany protesters

By Philip Guelpa, 21 November 2011

The confrontation between Occupy Albany protesters and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo escalated Saturday night with the arrest of nearly 50 occupiers by state police.

Police repression escalates against Occupy protests

By Kate Randall, 19 November 2011

Mayor Bloomberg is defending the heavy-handed response of city police to the protests held Thursday to mark two months since the beginning of the Occupy Wall Street protest.

Police use pepper spray against unarmed protesters in Davis, California

By Jack Hood, 19 November 2011

Students protesting social inequality and tuition hikes at the University of California, Davis were surrounded by police and pepper sprayed on Friday, before police retreated.

Occupy Albany, NY: “The people need to represent the people”

By our reporters, 19 November 2011

On Thursday, as part of nationwide demonstrations to commemorate the two-month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, approximately 500 people rallied near the New York state capitol building in Albany.

Massive police mobilization against Occupy Wall Street protesters

By Sandy English, 18 November 2011

Occupy protests on Thursday were met by a heavy police response. More than three hundred people were arrested nationwide.

Portland Occupy protests face heavy police intimidation

By Julian Quinn, 18 November 2011

Thousands of Portland residents marched through the downtown area on Thursday, a day after faculty and staff at Portland State University staged a campus-wide walkout.

Mayors conspired to close Occupy Wall Street encampments

Arrests continue in major cities

By Andre Damon, 17 November 2011

As cities throughout the United States step up the police crackdown on the Occupy Wall Street movement, evidence has emerged of a conspiracy between city officials—possibly coordinated with federal intelligence agencies—to shut down the occupy encampments on the basis trumped-up charges of sanitation and public safety.

The shutdown of Occupy Wall Street

By Joseph Kishore, 17 November 2011

The move by New York's multi-billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg to forcefully shut down the occupation of Zuccotti Park in Manhattan early Tuesday is a gross violation of basic democratic rights.

Thousands protest education fee hikes in California

By Jack Hood, 17 November 2011

Demonstrations against increases in tuition at state universities in California have merged with Occupy protests against inequality.

New York City police raid Occupy Wall Street camp

By Jerry White, 16 November 2011

In a predawn raid Tuesday, hundreds of riot-equipped police descended on Zuccotti Park, the birthplace of the Occupy Wall Street movement, forcibly expelling protesters.

“This shows that it is illegal to express your opinion”

Protesters speak on Occupy Wall Street eviction

By Sandy English and Clare Hurley, 16 November 2011

Reporters from the World Socialist Web Site spoke to occupiers and other protesters in Foley Square, Duarte Park and outside Zuccotti Park.

Boston protesters denounce raid on Occupy Wall Street

By Kate Randall, 16 November 2011

Protesters at the Occupy Boston camp expressed their outrage over Tuesday’s early morning police raid on the Occupy Wall Street encampment.

The crackdown on Occupy protests and the criminalization of dissent

By Andre Damon, 15 November 2011

Throughout the United States, city administrations are moving to break up encampments of the Occupy movement, trampling underfoot the constitutionally protected right of assembly.

Police evict Occupy Oakland demonstrators

By Jack Hood, 15 November 2011

Hundreds of armed police officers in riot gear descended on Oscar Grant Plaza in Oakland, California at approximately 5:00 am Monday morning to evict dozens of peaceful protesters. The show of force was consistent with similar crackdowns on Occupy Wall Street encampments nationwide, including last week in nearby Berkeley.

With eviction threat looming, protesters mark one month of Occupy Detroit

By Jerry White, 15 November 2011

Occupy Detroit protesters marked the one-month anniversary of their encampment in a downtown park as city authorities made preparations to evict them in the coming days.

US authorities step up nationwide crackdown on Occupy protests

By David Walsh, 14 November 2011

City governments and police across the US have stepped up their attacks on Occupy movement protest sites. Over the weekend dozens were arrested and encampments broken up in numerous locales.

Police evict Occupy Portland protesters

By Hector Cordon, 14 November 2011

Police finally succeeded in forcing hundreds of Occupy Portland supporters from their camp on Sunday, capping a tumultuous evening and morning in which thousands of sympathizers flooded downtown Portland to defend the protesters’ site.

City of Sacramento criminalizes peaceful Occupy protest

By Kevin Kearney, 12 November 2011

Sacramento—the state capital of California and the home of Democratic Governor Jerry Brown—has spearheaded efforts to criminalize the Occupy protests over the last month.

Police attack Occupy protesters in Berkeley, California

By James Eckelburt, 11 November 2011

Police attacked a demonstration in Berkeley, California on Wednesday, hitting students and youth with batons and arresting nearly 40. One graduate student was sent to the campus health center with serious injuries.

University authorities seek to block and isolate Occupy Harvard

By Kate Randall, 11 November 2011

The pitching of tents in Harvard Yard by Occupy Harvard protesters late Wednesday night followed an evening of incidents in which protesters’ attempts to set up their encampment were repeatedly blocked by university authorities, and campus and Cambridge city police were dispatched to bar entry to Harvard Yard.

Occupy Detroit protesters determined, despite threats from city

By Andre Damon, 11 November 2011

The standoff between Occupy Detroit participants and city officials continued Thursday, as the authorities ordered protestors to leave Grand Central Park by Monday, when the protest's permit expires.

First police action against Occupy Canada movement—more planned

By Carl Bronski, 11 November 2011

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, police in London, Ontario forcibly evicted several hundred supporters of the Occupy Canada movement who, two weeks ago, established a tent community in that city’s Victoria Park.

The Occupy movement, identity politics and the International Socialist Organization

By David Walsh, 11 November 2011

The Occupy Wall Street and associated protests represent the re-emergence of social struggle at the center of American political life after an absence of several decades. In this context, the ISO promotes the unions and identity politics.

Occupy New York contingent sets off on march to Washington

By our reporters, 10 November 2011

A group of protesters from Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan have begun a two-week march to Washington.

Occupy protesters face more arrests, threats to encampments

By Kate Randall, 9 November 2011

Anti-Wall Street protesters across the US and Canada continue to face police harassment, arrests and threats to their encampments.

Occupy Los Angeles: “Obama promised us hope and change, and we got war and poverty instead.”

By our reporters, 9 November 2011

The Occupy Los Angeles movement has entered its second month, with several hundred protesters encamped next to city hall.

Three occupations continue in Maine

By our reporter, 9 November 2011

Three separate occupations are continuing in the state of Maine, including Portland, the state’s largest city, the state capital of Augusta, and Bangor, the third largest city and a commercial center for eastern and northern Maine.

First arrests in Occupy Detroit protest

By Shannon Jones, 8 November 2011

Police arrested two supporters of Occupy Detroit at Wayne State University last week during a videotaping of New York Stock Exchange CEO Duncan Niederauer.

Police arrest 20 Occupy Atlanta protesters during late-night rally

By Kranti Kumara, 7 November 2011

Mayor Kasim Reed, a Democrat, deployed police against peaceful Occupy Atlanta protesters Saturday night, arresting 20, including journalists and a passerby.

Occupy Pittsburgh protesters oppose police repression in California

By Samuel Davidson, 7 November 2011

About 150 workers, students, and unemployed are beginning the fourth week of their tent city, known as Occupy Pittsburgh, as part of the nationwide Occupy Wall Street protesters around the country.

City government in Duluth, Minnesota prepares to evict Occupy protesters

By our reporter, 7 November 2011

Supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement in Duluth, Minnesota rallied over the weekend in the wake of last week’s call by a city official for the removal of protesters encamped in front of city hall.

Arrests follow Occupy Oakland demonstrations

By David Brown, 4 November 2011

A one-day protest in Oakland, California on Wednesday was followed by early morning arrests and tear gas, while the trade unions moved quickly to reopen ports that were closed for the evening.

New York City: Dozens of Occupy Wall Street protesters going to trial for arrests

By Sandy English, 4 November 2011

Occupy Wall Street demonstrators arrested on September 24 appeared in court Thursday, with most of them rejecting a plea bargain and electing to fight the charges.

Thousands march in Oakland to defend Occupy movement

By Jerry White, 3 November 2011

Thousands of protesters participated in a day of marches and demonstrations in Oakland, California Wednesday, eight days after a violent attack by police on the Occupy Oakland encampment.

SEP speaker opposes “no politics” at Occupy London Stock Exchange

By Aidan Claire, 3 November 2011

A number of the organisers at the Occupy London Stock Exchange camp, established October 15 outside St Paul’s Cathedral, have insisted that “no politics” should be its guiding principle.

Anti-Wall Street protesters in New York denounce “Governor 1 percent”

By our reporters, 2 November 2011

Occupy Wall Street protesters denounced New York Governor Cuomo for his refusal to extend the “millionaires’ tax.”

Police order end to occupation in Perth, Western Australia

By our correspondents, 1 November 2011

Occupy Perth, formed in response to the anti-Wall Street protests in the US against social inequality and corporate power, merged with the CHOGM demonstration, intending to begin an occupation following it.

Occupy Albany action enters second week

By Philip Guelpa, 1 November 2011

On Saturday October 29, Occupy Albany protestors, who have been encamped in downtown Albany’s Academy Park across from the State Capitol for over a week, held a number of activities, including a “People’s Speak Out,” during which anyone who wished to could address the gathering. The tone of the affair was set by the “invited speakers” who led off the event. These included half a dozen Democratic Party politicians, beginning with Congressman Paul Tonko.

Occupy movement continues in upstate New York

By Steve French, 1 November 2011

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner reportedly made an appearance at the encampment at Perseverance Park in Syracuse, New York state’s fifth largest city. The mayor brought hot coffee and offered to keep an open dialogue about logistical issues at the protest site. Miner’s visit took place in the aftermath of the violent repression of the Occupy protest in Oakland, California last week, and was very likely an effort to defuse the widespread anger over mass arrests that have been taking place around the country.