“One of the earliest supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement, Council Member Rodriguez had come to the park as soon as he heard police might be evicting the protesters.” -The councilman’s spokesman David Segal
UPDATE: Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez was 2 blocks away from the Occupy Wall Street encampment at Zuccotti Park, but was assaulted by the police, swept up in the raid and arrested. He was released without bail yesterday. The councilman faces misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and obstructing government administration. He’s due back in court Jan. 20.
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Last night after 1am the park’s owner, Brookfield Office Properties, and the city had the police dressed in riot gear forcibly evict the Occupy Wall Streeters. 70 persons were arrested, including upper Manhattan Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez.
When I heard the councilman was arrested I knew I remembered that name from somewhere. He was the councilman that supported the Eco-Fashion In The Park fashion show I attended in September, the same month the occupation started.
Photo Credit: David Shankbone
David Segal, the councilman’s spokesman, says Rodriguez went to the park Tuesday as soon as he heard police might be evacuating the park.
As of this morning the occupiers have moved to Foley Square in New York City leaving the park empty, but are now reportedly on their way back to Zuccotti Park. They were told they could return to the park, but without tents or sleeping bags. There are reports no cleaning has taken place at the park. This may be one of the worst ideas those in power could have come up with. Beating up a councilman doesn’t sound like a good idea. This kind of pressure and violence activates and even radicalizes people.
It is not clear what charges Councilman Rodriguez is facing and there are no reports on what his injuries are at this time.