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Tease? Threat? Frustration showing? Adbusters, the catalyst behind (non-violent) Occupy movement, upholds its reputation for provocative design with a “black bloc”/ violent anarchist-inspired UK edition cover.
For anyone who still doesn’t appreciate how much a handmade sign (in English!) and proximity to a wire photographer has become a political protest game-changer.
Nigerian fuel protests
Unions urged more than 2 million members to stage an indefinite strike over the government’s decision to remove state subsidies on fuel, which raised prices to about 65p a litre
(Source: , via socialuprooting)
Bag’s Take-Away:Land of opportunity? Interesting twist on the American flag in this photo from Baruch College tuition demo yesterday.
(photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images caption: Demonstrators, joined by members of the Occupied Wall Street Movement, march near Baruch College in Manhattan to protest against proposed tuition increases at the state the school system on November 28, 2011 in New York City. A heavy police presence met the protesters as City University of New York trustees prepared to vote on a series of tuition increases at the school.)
Bag’s Take-Aways from #OWS #N17:Dreadful.
(photo: Mike Segar/Reuters caption: An Occupy Wall Street demonstrator is arrested by New York City Police during what protest organizers called a “Day of Action” in New York November 17, 2011. Hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters marched through New York’s financial district toward the stock exchange on Thursday to protest economic inequality at the heart of American capitalism.)
Bag’s Take-Away:I’d say she’s feeling a bit more than 1% defensive about Occupy. And then, it’s a great example of the class divide, especially when you consider that the women and the kid in the beard share the same color scheme … though I doubt his shirt came from Neiman Marcus.
(photo: Mary Altaffer/AP caption: A woman argues with demonstrators affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement lock arms as they block Broad Street, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 in New York.)
Another Bag Take-Away from Saturday’s violent night at Occupy Denver:Yeah, fat chance. Can’t tell if the gesture represents wishful thinking, or the protester is drawing an ideological distinction … before the pepper spray kills the atmosphere.
(photo: Kathryn Scott Osler, The Denver Post caption: Occupy Denver protestors clash with police in Civic Center Park after a downtown march converged at the Capitol and the park on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011. Police used tear gas and batons in an attempt to control the crowd.)
Bag’s Quick Take-Aways from (a Brutal) Saturday Night at Occupy Denver, #1:
“The Colors of Fall.”
(photo: Hyoung Chang/ The Denver Post caption: Denver police have ordered protesters to disperse this evening and are arrested protesters in Civic Center on Friday. At about 6 p.m., they started sweep camping tents in Civic Center park with riot gear and their gas masks. Hyoung Chang/ The Denver Post)
Bag’s Take-Away:Shots like this marginalize the Occupy Wall Street action and reinforce the stereotype — these blue collar types “looking down” on the protestors — that they’re just a vague radical fringe. (Interesting to note, by the way, that the protests, not just confined to downtown, are literally taking the case to where “the 1%” live.)
(photo: Andrew Burton/AP caption: Protestors affiliated with the “Occupy Wall Street” protests march the restaurant Daniel on East 65th Street in New York, on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011. The crowd marched through out the Upper East Side neighborhood, protesting outside the homes of various billionaires and bank owners)
Bag’s Take-Away:Photographer Jonathan Gibby sends us this photo from the Occupy Wall Street protest in Los Angeles yesterday. If juxtaposing a victim of long-term homeless with marchers at yesterday’s anti-Wall St. rally in L.A. is random in some ways, the fact that people are falling into indigency as a result of the the mortgage meltdown, and the economic reality of “two America’s,” certainly isn’t. Above all, though, I would say that the photo (given the sign as its fulcrum) is a cautionary warning about really being heard.
(photo: ©Jonathan Gibby caption: Protester’s march past a sleeping homeless man in Los Angeles during a protest held on Saturday. Over 1,000 people marched from Pershing Square to Los Angeles City Hall to show solidarity with the Occupy Wall St. movement.)