Occupy Miami Evicted By Hundreds of Cops, Though Few Are Arrested UDPATED

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photo via Occupy Miami's facebook
​Hundreds of Miami and Miami-Dade police dressed in riot gear forcibly evicted the Occupy Miami campground last night outside the Stephen P. Clark Government Center, about 10 hours after the Occupiers had been served with an eviction notice. At least four people were arrested, including photojournalist Carlos Miiler, and no one was seriously hurt.

A core group of Occupiers -- about six in all -- who stood their ground hoping to get arrested were all but ignored and released shortly after police cleared the surrounding streets of protesters.

Update: We've got video of the eviction after the jump.



"I was dying to get arrested and they just ignored us," said Alex Ramos, one of the occupiers in the huddle.

As the police converged upon the camp at approximately 8 p.m., most of the protesters were forced to the streets as riot police lined the sidewalk on the western edge of the encampment, leaving behind six occupiers locked in a huddle and guarded by three officers.

The whole ordeal lasted two hours, and ultimately was a stark contrast to the violent crackdowns in Oakland and elsewhere in the past week.

The rest of the protesters poured onto NW Second Avenue, refusing to leave, as police began to block the corners of NW Third Street and Second Ave., and NW First Street and NW Second Ave.

Police started beating riot sticks against their body shields and began the slow march down Second Ave., forcing protesters down NW First Street toward the river.

Protesters chanted and challenged the police to a standoff, while cameramen ready for action dressed in riot helmets and flak vests filmed the showdown. Shortly before 10 p.m., police served a last warning to disperse, then announced that everybody standing on the street was under arrest.

One of the Occupiers who resisted eviction, Rudolfo Serrano, played violin as the police began their descent. Serrano learned how to play violin while staying at the camp.

"Police surrounded the circle but kept on going," said Serrano. "I kept the tunes of the violin to keep the anger down in the camp."

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Brandt Hardin
Brandt Hardin

We are being subjected to a police state where protesting isnot being tolerated.  These evictionsexemplify the suppression of our civil liberties including the right toorganize, one of the basis rights set forth by our founding fathers.  Police brutality is running rampant under ordersfrom Governors who have their pockets lined with Wall Street and SpecialInterest monies.   Stand up and lend yourvoice with these free posters I was compelled to design on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot...

J
J

All those cops? And for what? Those people have been there peacefully for months.

I guess the police took care of all the other crime in the city before they headed down there. Surely, all the drug pushers, rapists and murderers are off the streets. Oh wait, no... That's completely wrong.

I guess it's easier to do your job when it just entails standing around looking threatening (in a bunch of riot gear that our taxes payed for), instead of doing ACTUAL police work and removing people who are harmful to society at large from the general populace.

I guess if you're in power, to the point of having control over a small army of police, these peaceful people, trying to spread a message about an imbalance of power, are more harmful to you than any drug pusher or rapist.

Knowledge and logic are the true threats to those in power.

adikt
adikt

getting arrested or beaten down for peacefully protesting the government shows the state of brutality and/or corruption in our country today. the two commenters below me have obviously not read Thoreau's Civil Disobedience & are obviously not remotely familiar with the concepts brought forth by Ghandi, Rosa Parks or Dr Martin Luther King, all of which actively put themselves in a position to be arrested merely to make their social point. now whether you agree or disagree with Occupy's motives is irrelevant. getting arrested is not the "new thing" unless you have a supreme lack of understanding of social history. educate yourself. Read some Thoreau. then come back & comment on this issue. btw i am NOT party of this movement itself, but that doesnt mean i cannot stand in solidarity with their struggle.

Jay
Jay

Is getting arrested the new "thing"? the hell?

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

"I was dying to get arrested and they just ignored us"

What for?  So your parents can bail you out in the morning?

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

So how exactly do you get rapists and murderers off the streets before they commit crimes?  This isn't Minority Report.

Also, lets not forget that this could have been avoided if everyone had left when asked to do so.

J
J

No, stupid. Try to keep up...

It's so the MNT, or the Herald, or the Sentinel or local TV, pick up the story and get the message out there. Stories of peaceful protests don't sell advertising, which is the sole driving factor of our news media in America.

I talked with a reporter at another function put on by one of these groups a few months back. I chatted him up out of boredom and curiosity. Basically, his boss told him not to bother wasting his time even getting out of the news van unless someone is getting beaten or arrested.

No one was arrested in the Miami camp for weeks, and for weeks you haven't heard shit about them... until today. They've been there, day-in and day-out, for months and barely get a blurb on the papers' websites.

What they've done is commendable.

I understand your attempt at demeaning the entire cause by using the word parents... as if to say that everyone down there is a child. Clearly you didn't look through any crowd pictures or videos, and are absolutely deserving of the demeaning comment I opened this response with.

J
J

 Who said anything about thought policing? There are probably tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of open cases that those meatheads (with no balls to stand up for the citizens) could've been working.

Let's also not forget... had the systemic issue of the uber-rich and corporations purchasing politicians been fixed, these people wouldn't feel the need to gather in the first place. You can continue to blame them, but they're not there because they want to be. They're there because they feel they need to be there in order to keep an open dialogue on the topic that happens to be the giant fucking elephant in the room, politically speaking. Our politicians, and by extension, our entire country, is for sale, and the media refuses to seriously address it.

I supposed you would've donned a nice red coat 250 years ago when the proverbial shit hit the fan. While the real patriots dressed up like Indians in the Boston Harbor and ransacked a ship or two.The REAL Tea Partiers, those throwing tea in the harbor (as opposed to the modern day, grey haired xenophobes that call themselves "the tea party"), looked insane, to onlookers. Hindsight allows us to see that what they did shaped our country, for the betterment of American society, for hundreds of years to follow.

TLDR: Do you own a powdered wig, Guv'nah?

GuntherZorn
GuntherZorn

What an obedient citizen you are! You seem to have a lot of opinions. Isn't there one cause that, if violated, would compel you to take to the streets in protest?

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

Oh no, you called me stupid on the internet.  I feel demeaned.

If I wanted to demean the entire movement I would've made a blanket statement about the movement, instead I just chose to quote that one person.

J
J

WHOOOOSH <--- The sound things make as they go right over your head.

Put simply: That picture in the headline sure shows an awful lot of manpower.

Also, you either completely ignored my response to their reason for being there... or agreed with it. Judging by the fact that you've responded to everything on this page except that, I'll take it to mean you agree and be happy there's something we can all agree on.

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

While there are probably thousands of open cases, not every officer is an investigator and even if they were, there just isn't enough manpower to keep up with handling old cases while new ones keep coming in.

And no, I would not have donned a red coat, thanks for your assumption.

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

Yes.  Just not the occupy movement's cause.  Wait, what cause is that again?

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