This story is completely in line with interviews I heard on KPFA a couple weeks ago from people who were held in Santa Rita over the New Year. Yes, prison guards are brutalizing arrestees--these are folks who haven't even been charged with a crime, yet. (Even folks who were not actually protesting.)
please go here to see video and read about the latest raid on Occupy Oakland. most arrestees have been taken to Dublin.
read in the report that police took pictures to Occupy, compared them to faces and made arrests.
Global Revolution, which has been live streaming Occupy Wall Street since the day it started - before even, because i remember tuning in early and seeing tutorials on protest tactics and how to deal with police - has had their Brooklyn studio raided. six people were arrested. the city went to the length of condemning the building, though no one else in the building was evicted.
read about it here:
Anonymous 101: a wired.com writer "embeds" with Occupy and Anonymous and gives a decent primer in three parts
so... some criticize wired.com but any source will have its shortcomings and if you need to get up to speed on Anonymous, this is a good place to start. it's a three part series (only two parts done so far), it's comprehensive, so you may want to bookmark it and come back to it later for the other two parts.
think 21 century yippies, merry pranksters, this sort of thing, for the digital age. it's good stuff, and they have a lot more in store for us in 2012.
don't know if you heard about the strange subpoena to twitter for the personal data of users associated with Occupy Boston. it generated many chuckles in its ignorance, kinda like your grandmother asking you what it means to google something...
ladies, i had to take a breather from Occupy just to keep my sanity (all things being relative). i am well aware of the port action out west. i will resume writing about this, when i get the headspace to do a good job about it. for a while there i was thinking i needed to give some level of analysis, or at least perspective, because clearly you no longer need me to inform you of events. it's in mainstream news now, the movement doesn't need my publicity. sort of.
so, portland occupy tried to reestablish a camp at south park after the raid from a couple weeks ago. the same day they were raided by cops in riot gear. 20 were arrested, including this 15 year old boy, who is said to have been hit in the face with a baton: