Angeles police officers move in, guns drawn.
Prysner (right), just before his arrest,
standing with other veterans in defense of
March Forward! co-founder Mike Prysner was among the
hundreds arrested in the massive police assault
against Occupy LA in the early hours this morning.
Mike, Doug Kauffman from ANSWER LA, and the others
are still in jail. Their bail is $5,000 each.
Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans have played a
major role in the Occupy movement.
The police are carrying out a coordinated nationwide
assault against the Occupy movement. We believe that
this movement will only grow.
Mike captured this spirit of resistance in the
moments before his arrest: “Police are just ripping
up the tents now but we are standing strong. The
only times I've felt proud wearing my army uniform
is when I've worn it fighting the 1%. This movement
against the system isn't ending!”
The police assault against Occupy LA was conducted
by more than 1,000 riot-clad police.
massive police assault took place at nearly the same
time as the LA raid in Philadelphia. About 50 people
were arrested in Philadelphia. Police on horseback
stormed into peaceful protesters, sending one person
to the hospital. Others were injured when they were
slammed to the ground and suffered other acts of
March Forward! veterans are part of the Occupy
movement because they are outraged that the
government that represents the 1%—the bankers,
corporations and war contractors—can spend trillions
of dollars to send us to fight illegal wars while
doing nothing about massive unemployment, staggering
levels of home foreclosures and evictions. We, who
are veterans, suffer from the highest unemployment
levels even as we cope with all of the physical and
psychological wounds from the Iraq and Afghanistan
conflict. Like others from the 99%, a record number
of us waited in food lines during the Thanksgiving
We will not rest until we turn this situation
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