October 3, 2011
As I was having my morning coffee on Saturday, ready to go out and join the Day 15 of Occupy Wall Street, the last thing I expected was to spend the Saturday night in jail. But that’s exactly where I ended up together with some 700 demonstrators, surrounded by huge numbers of police and arrested on the iconic Brooklyn Bridge in the largest arrest operation on US soil in decades. And this a day after about 2500 people marched on the Police Plaza in downtown Manhattan to protest police brutality, pepper sprayings and unprovoked arrests from the week before. But, in comparison, all that was minor disturbance compared to what was about to take place. The incident that took place on the Brooklyn Bridge this Saturday signaled a turning point. Some of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators called it a historical moment.