Criminalizing Our Voices

Abby Zimet

With almost no media coverage, the NYPD is blithely continuing its crackdown on OWS and free speech in general - ironically, particularly when it involves protesting the restriction of free speech and other constitutional rights that is the National Defense Authorization Act. Police this week evicted and then arrested volunteers for the Global Revolution livestream covering NDAA protests. They acted after issuing a vacate order to the Brooklyn office for "conditions imminently perilous to life," but somehow only to the lives of those running the livestream. Police also arrested a protester leading a mic-check at Grand Central Station against the NDAA, behavior that evidently "may cause annoyance or inconvenience to a reasonable person" - unless of course that person believes in the quaint and formerly fiercely protected concept known as free speech.

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