In the middle of the night [Nov 15th], the Democracy Now! Team, which included Amy Goodman and Aaron Maté, rushed down to Zuccotti Park (formerly called Liberty Plaza) to report on the police eviction of the Occupy Wall Street protest. They were told about unprovoked police brutality, including the beating of protesters with sticks, and also witnessed multiple arrests in the streets of Lower Manhattan, as well as the deliberate trashing of the encampment itself; the protesters’ belongings being hauled into garbage trucks, presumably to be taken to the dump:
AMY GOODMAN: We’re walking along the encampment. There are hundreds of riot police inside. There was a report of pepper spray. People came out, said that some of the people were being beaten. And we’re standing in the midst of the encampment rubble.
AARON MATÉ: And we’re seeing no other journalists here. We’re right in front of where police have surrounded the remaining protesters. We’re told there’s about 200 to 300 inside. They’ve locked arms, refusing to leave. We can see them now.
At one point Amy Goodman accidentally stumbles upon a copy of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World Revisited. She later reflects:
The one thing I was able to pick up from the grounds of Zuccotti Park was a book that had not yet been thrown into the dump truck, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World Revisited. On the back, it says, “When the novel Brave New World” — now an established classic — “first appeared, in 1932, its shocking analysis of a scientific dictatorship seemed a projection into the remote future.” It goes on to say, “However, today the science of thought control has raced far beyond the totalitarian dreams of Hitler and Stalin. Numerous methods for curtailing individual freedoms have been developed, and the pressures to adopt them are increasingly powerful. Here, in one of the most important, fascinating and frightening books of his career, Aldous Huxley scrutinizes these and other threats to humanity and explains why we may find it virtually impossible to resist them. This book is a plea that humanity should educate itself for freedom before it is too late.”
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Russia Today‘s correspondent Marina Portnaya also reported on the events in New York, as well as similar clampdowns in the cities of Oakland and Portland, saying that it seems to be part of “a nationwide sweep of the Occupy movement.” Although the raid in New York also came about, she says, in response to a vow made by the activists to step-up their action on Thursday — to mark two months since the protests began: