At around 12:30AM Occupy Philly has been driven out of Dilworth Plaza by a veritable army of police. After three warnings were issued by police, roughly four or five dozen Occupiers got up and took to the streets spontaneously in an especially spirited march through center city to Rittenhouse Park. Bike cops started blocking us at different intersections, but after a cat and mouse game, we managed to regroup at Rittenhouse park to hold a sit in and read a letter to the police suggesting they take the right side of the struggle and if necessary disobey orders.
A pallet castle constructed to as an inner defense was dismantled but it's inhabitant was able to elude arrest.
Following Rittenhouse, the crowd started to swell and wind its way spontaneously through center city, mostly orbiting the former Commune.
Police have been generally somewhat hands off throughout the night, though several efforts at undoing of police barricades turned into scuffles were cop aggression quickly escalated. Twice police pulled a knife on a protester and in other instances a woman from our media team was injured by police horses charging into a crowd and was taken to the hospital possibly with a broken leg. Others have been hit by batons or bicycles.
4:43AM Occupiers are being boxed in at 15th and Callowhill. Looks like possible mass arrest. Reports of a couple snatch and grab arrests.
4:52AM Folks from legal are penned in and want folks to be there for them on other side of barricade.
4:57AM Report of an unprovoked rough arrest. Several cops attacked and beat an Occupier.
5:01AM Harry Fleckenstein , OP Media video guy penned in but managed to get out: "alot of police brutality going on". As marches held hands and linked arms to block bike cops, bike cops started attacking marchers. Cops "losing their patience and really getting ugly." " Medic thrown to the ground, then had a bike thrown at them by a cop. Cop ripped Harry's Occupy Philly Media badge." I got a sick feeling inside of me. It's getting weird"
5:11AM A small mob on Hamilton and Broad split into 2 groups by police. About 15 arrests.
@phillypolice says Arrests behind school district building proceeding in orderly and peaceful manner.
5:18AM One occupier just reported that over the past two hours of marching, the cops--during a stand-off at 15th and Chestnut--were hitting people with batons, and the mainstream news looked occupier who was being hit and turned away. Officer Strange said to occupier, "Move back," but kept hitting him with his bike as occupier was backing up.
5:45AM A lot of folks seemed to have wrapped it up for the night and back at the AFSC to regroup/rest.
5:55AM AV Club reports: overheard cops talking of a total of 45 arrests
Riot cops getting back on buses, though plenty of plenty police presence still on the streets.
Philly PD tweets that Nutter will be giving a press conference at 6:15AM outside of Municipal Services Building.
8:13AM txt just in: Approx 50 arrests made last night. Jail solidarity at roundhouse starting at 9am.
Nutter never showed at outside press conference. Bulldozers and cleanup crews are trashing the Tent City.
going to bed now!!
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