VIDEO: Chant, “Drop the charges now!” with protesters holding professionally produced posters as they demanded that charges related to a Grant Park Occupy Chicago protest be dropped.
Protesters complained that they were in jail for 23 hours with lack of medication, lack of food, and lack of mattresses in cold jail cells.
Spokeswoman Felicia Davis left the impromptu press conference after she claimed she was mischaracterized in her dialogue with the protestors. The protesters chanted a repeat of the single voice of Jan Rodolfo, the Midwest Director for National Nurse United to amplify the message to the back row of the crowd. There was much heckling from the crowd during the discussion, and the Davis was clearly outnumbered. When the protesters amplified the 1st Deputy Mayor’s message at the end of the video, the encounter became awkward and disrespectful with harassment and mockery. The spokeswoman shudders (closes her eyes) when she is told ‘speak up sister.’ Davis left the discussion a short time later.
The protest occurred Monday, October 24, 2011 after two nurses with the union were warned and then arrested in Grant Park about 2:45 a.m. Sunday for refusing to leave after the park’s 11 p.m. closing time. The nurses were among more than 100 people who were arrested early Sunday morning.
The nurses and medics at the protest claimed they were at Grant Park to offer their medical services and moral support. They also claimed that the arrests occurred when media cameras left.
Anonymous Chicago interview after his Grant Park arrest release from jail when he claims he was arrested with charges of “Peace Violation –other” and “some other numbers and letters involved.” Anonymous added, “We do not forget. We do not forgive. Expect us.”
During the Occupy Wall Street and the whole ongoing “Occupy” protests, the mask appears internationally as a symbol of popular rebellion. In October 2011, campaigner and WikiLeaks editor in chief Julian Assange attended the Occupy London Stock Exchange protest wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, which he removed after a request by the police.
The mask is inspired by the main character in the comic book series V for Vendetta, which started in 1982, and its 2006 film adaptation, wore a Guy Fawkes mask.
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