Occupy Wall Street Hunger Strikers Arrested Twice in 12-Hour Span

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A handful of Occupy Wall Street protesters have been holding a hunger strike since Saturday in the hopes of getting Trinity Wall Street, an Episcopal parish downtown that has provided various services to occupiers for some time, to let them occupy a vacant lot that Trinity owns at Canal Street and Sixth Avenue. Trinity is also one of the largest landholders in Manhattan. They're not into the protesters' idea, and the three hunger strikers were arrested at noon yesterday at the lot, detained for five hours, and charged with trespassing. They were replaced by three other stand-ins and returned to the space after their release -- only to be re-arrested around 11 p.m. We're thinking that being arrested twice within 12 hours could be a new record for OWS arrests.

The hunger strikers include one man who has been a part of OWS since October, and two men who drove to New York from Provo, Utah after the Zuccotti raid. A rep from their "strike support team," Laura Gottesdiener, was on the phone with the Voice as the police arrived at Duarte Square. "I think they're about to evict us so I have to run," she said.

Afterwards, Gottesdiener told us that the hunger strike people had been arrested again. She said that the arrest was "exceptionally peaceful." According to Gottesdiener, eight paddy wagons and two undercover vehicles arrived on the scene; she said that almost three dozen cops were involved. They explained to the protesters that they were trespassing and arrested the three of them.

We couldn't get any of the original three on the phone, since they were being arrested, but Gottesdiener transmitted us the following thought from one of them, 23-year-old Diego Ibanez of Provo: "Trinity has now authorized the arrest of peaceful hunger strikers twice in less than 12 hours. This sure looks like the actions of a billion-dollar real estate company instead of those of a church."

Tomorrow morning, the three stand-ins will be back in the lot and Gottesdiener said they're hoping others will join. The strikers have put out an open letter to Trinity which includes these three demands:

1. Meet with a designated delegation from Occupy Wall Street to discuss a future, mutually beneficial use of this site

2. Allow a peaceful hunger strike to continue on your property without fear of harassment or arrest

3. Drop today's trespassing charges--and all past and future charges against us and other members of Occupy Wall Street incurred on this site

[rgray@villagevoice.com] [@_rosiegray]

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Zenblend
Zenblend

Why should a property owner allow for further trespasses in their property or forgive the old ones of those who openly plan to continue trespassing?

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VILLAGE VOICE EDITOR
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the protesters should camp out IN THE OFFICES OF THE VILLAGE VOICE AND NY TIMES.

THE VILLAGE VOICE WELCOMES THE OWS PROTESTERS---SO CAMP OUT IN THEIR OFFICE.

Jonathan Hiestand
Jonathan Hiestand

I'm sure the 1% are quivering in their Armani suits, eating bon bons, and getting fat.  Yes, starving yourselves seems appropriate, but whilst your group takes inaction, you're just letting the 1%, continue forward.

This is no better than a temper tantrum. "IF I DON'T GET WHAT I WANT...I'LL...I'LL STARVE MYSELF!  WAHHHHH!!!!"

Maybe not exactly what went down, but these actions are down right childish.  Besides, why should I support a movement full of unemployed Americans demanding the right to work?  I've been fired from more jobs than I can count, and not a pretty employment record; I HAVE TWO JOBS!  If a retarded, married, debt enslaved fuck up like me can do it, so can you.  So stop your bitching and whining, put on your big boy/girl panties and change America through ACTION.

Dreyfus
Dreyfus

Hunger strikes are childish?

Yes. Because Gandhi, Marion Dunlop, Terence MacSwiney, and Akbar Ganji are all just a bunch of babies.

You're missing the point of Occupy. It's not the right to have a job - it's about trying to destroy the ties between corporations and government. How does a hunger strike get that done? It doesn't directly, but it's a tactic which makes people pay attention and shows people that you're serious.

Occupy Wall Street - Occupy Baltimore - Occupy Portland - Occupy Paris - Occupy Cario - Occupy Johannesburg - Occupy New Delhi - Occupy Beijing - OCCUPY EARTH

WE ARE THE 99%
WE ARE THE 99%

With 9% unemployment, low wages and even higher underemployment finding work can be a hard thing to do.  And, many (if not the majority) of the OWS protesters (myself included) have jobs and most of those are full time. What ACTION are you talking about? What are you doing? It is easy to sit at home and shoot down others that are standing up while you toil your life away working for shit wages in a shit economy making some rich fuck richer.

TRUTH 101
TRUTH 101

Boy I'll tell you young people, you scare the hell out of the 1%s. They know what satanic  filth that they are. May be if they wail out 10,000 Hail Marys, and 1,000,000 Our Fathers they might find thier humanity. I think not! Filth is filth . And self serving satanic scum is that which it is no matter how many young brave Americans that they arrest over and over again. The day of change is at hand! The old are totaly brain dead. They have drank the cool-aid of selfservingness, and swollow the hoax of corporate fascism. They can not dare face that they have been deceived by thier own Good Old Uncle Sam! And now it's time to pay the piper. Whit age should come wisdom. And conviction, valor, and courage to stand up for what is fundamentaly a manipulated and fraudulently fixed monopolized system that hurt WE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE! Have we become brain dead followers. Is you belly still to full, that you dare not care about the lest of you LORD'S brothern. Soon thy day shall come, in good due turn. What goes around ,it will come around unto thy door in it's due day! Be brave young people. You are our better tomorrows. Be brave with just suitable conviction. The 1% is petrified of you!

LittleBiggyGirl
LittleBiggyGirl

As suggested in Forbes today, Alcoholics Anonymous may be the very best model on which #OWS should aim to design itself.  The greatest test would be that of the ego for #OWS, as to remain leaderless demands as much from within the group as from the individual. I am uncertain the occupiers are desperate enough for such single minded purpose.http://littlebiggy.org/4660547

Aaron A Browne
Aaron A Browne

Where is the LOVE??? The 1% gave us the Dot-Com boom, the EV1 electric car to lease (until they recalled all of them and detroyed them all)... the 1% gave us hand-over-fist loans during Bush's second term, they gave us the World Trade Organization that allows us to move to India in order to find work in the USA by being outsourced. The 1% also gave use the notion that 'capitalist democracy' is the same concept as 'democratic replublic'. We show no appreciation for all that has been given to us... all the money we could had made if we THE 99% didnt screw it up by our own selves... No one stuck a gun to our heads to make us all spend and get in debt. Hey, as long as the 1% allow us to spend on flat screen TVs, video games, sport events, shopping sprees, an SUV and alcohol/drugs... we wont REALLY do anything outside of complain about our commute to work and brag about how we didnt take a vacation or about how much overtime we work (you know you love bragging like that). We the 99% are pretentious, lazy and ignorant. How can we NOT have a 1%... ??? God bless the 1%... THEY ARE PEOPLE TOO :-) Merry christmas!!! Happy Kwanza!!! ShamalamaRamadana!!! We the 99% are American citizens, so its all about 'doing something' w/out actualling DOING SOMETHING: Go! Team! Occupy!!!!

Zergxrush
Zergxrush

I can't tell who's side he's on ... or what he's trying to say for that matter

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