Yesterday, activists gathered in City Hall Park to protest the head of the city council, Christine Quinn, who has taken a stance on the side of the police in the new parade rules which state…that no more than 50 people can demonstrate without a permit.
Gays, Lesbians and Transgender activists lead a small march of MORE than 50 people (possibly around 100) to show their outrage with such an unconstitutional ruling, especially apporved by the head of the legislative body of the city. Christine Quinn, a lesbian, once was willing to put herself on the front lines to fight for gay rights and issues surrounding HIV and AIDS, now believes it is a fair ruling. Its ok to protest in this city as long as you ask to police for permission…Yeah Right.
100 or so marchers came out of City Hall Park, flanked by an army of independent news videographers and the usual row of scooter cops, now synonymous with Critical Mass.
There was some pushing and shoving by the loose cannon police when we dared to take our march into the street for half a second…ooohhh, right around ground zero. There were 3 arrests…
If your wondering what happened to Chris Ryan’s video about this demonstration…I was asked to remove it because of some inappropraite text in the video which claims Gays don’t ride bikes…it wasn’t in good taste.
Here is a link to the Glass Bead Collectives video of the same protest.
Once again, this video shows how the NYPD deal with demonstrations…permit or no permit.
First the demonstrators engage in civil disobedience…like when Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat…they step into the sacred streets. Then the cops alert them to get on the sidewalk, by running over and shoving them…in this case a woman. When the demonstrators do not comply the cops push even more violently until one particular person (in the red track jacket) is on the sidewalk. The demonstrator tells the cops he is now on the sidewalk. The white shirted police sergeant says..”good now you are on the sidewalk,” and proceeds to punch to person in the stomach. Then the cops pull the demonstrator with his bruised gut into the streets and proceed to dogpile on him with 5 cops…ohhh so tough.
Simple fascism in all its glory…the VIDEOS don’t lie.
IF only we had a permit…this wouldn’t happen….NOT!
Here are two photo links: