Народ против полиции

НЬЮ-ЙОРК. Кажется, что американские политики имеют собственное понимание термина «демократия». По всей стране полиция, действуя по приказу местных властей, разгоняет лагеря протестующих, образованные сторонниками движения «Захвати Уолл-стрит» (OWS) – иногда с шокирующей и крайне неуместной жестокостью.

Самый страшный эпизод, когда сотни полицейских, одетые в снаряжение для подавления протестов, окружили лагерь «Захвати Окленд» и стали стрелять резиновыми пулями (что может быть смертельно), гранатами-вспышками, слезоточивым газом – при этом некоторые полицейские целились прямо в демонстрантов. Страница движения «Захвати Окленд» в Twitter похожа на репортаж с каирской площади Тахрир: «они нас окружают», «сотни и сотни полицейских», «присутствует бронированный транспорт и Хаммеры». Было произведено 170 арестов.

Мой собственный недавний арест, хотя я и соблюдала условия разрешения и стояла мирно на улице в нижнем Манхэттене, позволил мне получить реальность этого репрессивного воздействия. Америка просыпается, чтобы увидеть то, что было создано, пока она спала: (JPMorgan Chase выделил 4,6 миллиона долларов в фонд полиции города Нью-Йорка), Федеральный департамент национальной безопасности выдал небольшим муниципальным полицейским силам оружейные системы, предназначенные для ведения военных действий; право граждан на свободу слова и собраний было тайно нарушено, путем принятия трудных для понимания требований на получение разрешений.

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