Sunday, 30 October 2011

Thugs attack Occupy Newcastle

The Occupy Newcastle camp came under attack at about 3am Saturday morning by 20-30 EDL/SDL/NF members who threw a brick(s) and held down protesters while beating them. Police took about 10 minutes to get there, but by the time they arrived the thugs had vanished. No statements or arrests were made.

None of the protesters were hospitalised, but several were punched repeatedly, while one was stamped on while lying on the ground and another was struck with a coffee cup. An activist "has suspected broken ribs but no ambulances were called", a member of the camp said.  

Members of the Occupy Newcastle camp recognised their attackers from "the NF/EDL/SDL group seen earlier in the day", but said they were not wearing "insignias etc". "We do not know it was the EDL",  and "we don't want to spark more trouble up by accusing the wrong group", one activist stated.

There area cameras in the area, but a protester said they were all faced away from the camp the whole time, "so it's very doubtful anything was caught on camera". Another person commented that police had said they were going to keep CCTV cameras faced towards the camp to keep them safe.

Conversations taken from Facebook. Names left out.

About two hours earlier an occupier was punched in the face by three men who hit him for no apparent reason. It's believed that these men were among those who attacked the camp later.

Police officer arrests a man with an axe.
Police arrested an EDL/SDL member earlier that day for carrying an axe at the scene of a fight outside a pub lose to Newcastle Station. He was charged with possession of a bladed weapon and a public order offence. There were no reported injuries and he was released on police bail.

The occupation also had trouble with the EDL last Saturday, when four or five members approached the camp. A protester was headbutted in the confrontation and police arrested an EDL member, according to the Occupy Newcastle blog.

The camp at night-time.
That led to residents of the camp contacting the EDL Area Commander "about why we were actually there".  That discussion "led to hugs, and a general point of agreement", and the Area Commander said he would "give the instruction to overlook divisions and not to cause any trouble" with the occupation.

It was one hug "from [a] compassionate woman who sees everyone as God's creatures", Jack - who was present - stated. "We don't hug EDL", he said.

The camp at daytime.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Occupy Denver under attack - live blog

Occupy Denver says it's under attack by police and that chemical weapons and rubber bullets have already been used. This page will update rapidly, so remember to hit F5 to see the latest information.

Are you in Denver, or do you have information about what's going on? Contact me by leaving a comment below, tweeting @fwalloe or emailing Occupy@fredrikwalloe.com.


  2:12 Sunday (MDT) - Time in Denver, CO, USA

A series of photographs by Denver Post

Some update on the Occupy Denver website.

Protester Al Nesby confronts a Denver Police Officer during the Occupy Denver protest in Denver, CO, Saturday, October 29, 2011. Craig F. Walker, The Denver Post
"Daniel Ellen, a student of university of Colorado, is trying to protect camping area of Occupy protester at Civic Center park on Saturday. Denver police have ordered protesters to disperse this evening and are arresting protesters in Civic Center Park. At about 6 p.m., they started sweep camping tents in Civic Center park with riot gear and their gas masks. Hyoung Chang/ The Denver Post"
Notice the size of the magazine on rifle held here. Scroll down to find a video of it being fired at a crowd on Saturday. It fires rubber bullets, according to the video.

Denver police have ordered protesters to disperse this evening and are arrested protesters in Civic Center on Friday. At about 6 p.m., they started sweep camping tents in Civic Center park with riot gear and their gas masks. Hyoung Chang/ The Denver Post




19:20 Saturday (MDT) - Time in Denver, CO, USA

Another picture of a man hit by rubber bullets. From the Occupy Denver website:


19:04 Saturday (MDT) - Time in Denver, CO, USA

You can listen to the 'Denver Police, Fire and EMS Live Audio Feed' here.


18:45 Saturday (MDT) - Time in Denver, CO, USA

Livestream from Fox 31:
Fox 31 has a live stream, but won't let me embed it here. Watch it here. Note that while this is marked 'live' on their website, they were showing a replay earlier - unclear whether it's live.

The 'Global Revolution' live stream has footage from Occupy Denver:

Watch live streaming video from globalrevolution at livestream.com




18:35 Saturday (MDT) - Time in Denver, CO, USA

This live stream is 'live':

Streaming by Ustream
18:20 Saturday (MDT) - Time in Denver, CO, USA

Police seen firing pepper spray and rubber bullets are protesters (footage from 9news)



18:08 Saturday (MDT) - Time in Denver, CO, USA

Description of video: Frank Roper touches back of a police motorcycle then gets tackled and arrested in Occupy Denver Protest:


17:50 Saturday (MDT) - Time in Denver, CO, USA

Here's some contact information that might be of interest - taken from this forum:

Twitter: @DenverPolice
Chief of Police - 720.913.6527
Civil Liability Bureau - 720.913.6400
Chief of Administration - 720.913.6016
Deputy Chief of Operations - 720.913.6017
Police Activities League - 303.937.1223
Professional Standards Unit - 720.913.6710

Police Administration Building
1331 Cherokee Street
Denver, CO 80204-4507
Phone: 720.913.6010

Division Chief Mary Beth Klee
Police Administration Building
1331 Cherokee Street
Denver, CO 80204-4507
Phone: 720.913.6023

Patrol Division:
Division Chief David Quiñones
Police Administration Building
1331 Cherokee Street
Denver, CO 80204-4507
Phone: 720.913.6022

District 1:
1311 W. 46th Avenue
Denver, CO 80211
Main - 720.913-0400
Fax - 720.913-0560
TDD - 720.913.0404

District 2:
3921 Holly Street
Denver, CO 80207
Main - 720.913.1000
Fax - 720.913.1002
TDD - 720.913.1149

District 3:
1625 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80210
Main - 720.913.1300
Fax - 720.913.1199
TDD - 720.913.1196

District 4:
2100 S. Clay Street
Denver, CO 80219
Main - 720. 913.0200
Fax - 720.913.0207
TDD - 720.913.0214

District 5:
4685 Peoria Street
Denver, CO 80239
Main - 303.376.2300
Fax - 303.376.2275
TDD - 303.376.2306

District 6:
1566 Washington Street
Denver, CO 80203
Main - 720.913.2800
Fax - 720.913.2806
TDD - 720.913.2805
Investigations - 720.913.6742

District 1 Cop Shop:
Regis Square Cop Shop
5151 Federal Blvd.
720.865.2243
Decatur Place Apartments
1155 Decatur Street
303.260.7321
7-11 Store
1490 Perry Street

District 2 Cop Shop:
Town Center COP Shop
7484 E. 29th Ave.
720.865.2356
Web Page

District 3 Cop Shop:
Leetsdale Cop Shop
7150 E. Leetsdale Dr.
303.329.0500

District 4 Cop ShopS:
Bear Valley Cop Shop
3100 S. Sheridan Blvd.
Unit A-20
720.865.2146
Web Page

Broadway Cop Shop
1 Broadway #A105
720.865.2208
Web Page

West Denver Cop Shop
4200 Morrison Rd.
Unit #4
720.865.2260

District 5 Cop Shop:
Northfield Cop Shop
8216 E. 49th Ave #1348
720.865.2266

District 6 Cop Shop:
Park Avenue Cop Shop
2263 Champa Street
303.865.2355

John W Hickenlooper, Governor 136 State Capitol Denver, CO 80203-1792
Phone
(303) 866-2471
Fax
(303) 866-2003

Contact Mayor Michael B. Hancock Mayor's Office Phone Number: 720-865-9000
Email: milehighmayor@denvergov.org
TWITTER: @MichaelBHancock

Congressional Representative.
The Honorable Diana DeGette up for re-election in 2012. Twitter @RepDianaDeGette
United States House of Representatives
2335 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-0601
DC Phone:202-225-4431
DC Fax: 202-225-5657
District Office:
600 Grant Street, Suite 202
Denver, CO 80203 Voice: 303-844-4988
FAX: 303-844-4996


17:42 Saturday (MDT) - Time in Denver, CO, USA
There is an @OccupyDenver Twitter account, but it hasn't tweeted in 7 hours. Were those responsible for it arrested, or is there some other reason for the silence?

17:32 Saturday (MDT) - Time in Denver, CO, USA
tweeted a link to this piece on the 'Medical aspects of pepperball less-lethal munitions'

See the picture further down this page of a man who was hit by a rubber bullet

17:25 Saturday (MDT) - Time in Denver, CO, USA
  • First story in the local paper - you can read it here
    • Occupation in its 4th week. 
    • "Police confirmed they used pepper spray and either rubber bullets or pepper balls to disperse the crowd in Civic Center."
    • Denver police says 7 arrests, which includes 2 for assault and 1 for disobedience. 
    • Some received medical treatment, but none taken to hospital.
    • One officer was knocked off his motorcycle.
    • Other officers kicked by protesters.
    • "All day-shift emergency medical service and police units - including officers from Denver International Airport - were alerted to keep working past the end of their normal shifts. Lakewood police were helping deal with Denver police calls."
    • Mike Korzen, 25, washed his eyes out with a bottle of water. He said he was pepper-sprayed when officers used the spray and rubber bullets to dispurse a swarming crowd."I was standing there with my hands behind my back," Korzen said. Korzen said police were trying to get people out of the trees. 
    • Up to 2,000 Occupy Denver protesters marched through downtown Denver.
    • Story by @jsteffenDP



(Karl Gehring, The Denver Post)



 (Jordan Steffen, The Denver Post )


Police raise weapons while making an arrest during the Occupy Denver protest in Denver on Saturday. (Craig F. Walker, The Denver Post)
I saw the same type of rifle in one of the live streams. Might fire rubber bullets or pepper balls. Get in touch if you recognise if and have got a link.

17:03 Saturday (MDT) - Time in Denver, CO, USA

Mainsteam media (Fox 31):
At least 7 arrests, 2 for assault.

New police chief in Denver today, surname White.
Denver Police Department has been accused of police brutality in the past. White admits the reputation is at least partly deserved. Wants to make changes.

Every unit available in Denver has been called in.
Protesters are said to be tying their tents to trees.

16:52 Saturday (MDT) - Time in Denver, CO, USA
Picture from the Occupy Denver website - went up a few minutes ago:

People sitting down - from about 30 minutes ago ():


16:41 Saturday (MDT) - Time in Denver, CO, USA
From Occupy Denver website: Text message from Occupier Ryan H., 32, just after clearing his eyes from being maced by Denver Police:
[I]n my honest opinion, the police were not at all provoked. They shot a [kid] in a tree!
Text on Occupy Denver website:
OCCUPY DENVER RECLAIMS OCCUPATION - STANDING OFF WITH RIOT SQUAD

Occupy Denver wants you to send them unedited photo and videos of police violence here:

media-pr@occupydenver.org

16:25 Saturday (MDT) - Time in Denver, CO, USA
Saw one officer holding some sort of rifle. Hard to say which type.

In this video police officers can be seen shoving protesters, who chant 'the whole world it watching' back at them. From about 20 minutes ago:



16:18 Saturday (MDT) - Time in Denver, CO, USA:
An official just addressed the crowd, asking for protesters to de-escalate the situation. Crowds respond by shouting that police are the violent ones.



"Rubber Bullet Wounds on Andrew Cleres – Age 21" from Occupy Denver website:



Live Stream 1:
Live video by Ustream


Live Stream 2:
Live Video streaming by Ustream Live stream 3:  

Oakland Police may have left itself open to a lawsuit

Oakland police may have violated its own crowd control policies in the recent crackdown against Occupy Oakland, which left war veteran Scott Olsen with serious injuries.

Police moved to break up the Occupy Oakland camp in the early morning of October 25th and alleged in a press statement that they came under attack by protesters who threw "glass bottles, rocks, pots, pans, kitchen utensils and plates" at them. The protesters also sprayed a fire extinguisher on the officers and threw M-80 bombs, according to the statement. Police deployed tear gas, shot protesters with bean bag ammunition and arrested a total of 85 protesters.

This video shows a clash between police and protesters headed for the city jail to protest against the arrests made that morning. Police officers appear to have been hit by paint and a number of bangs can be heard.


Police Chief Howard Jordan said that up to 1000 protesters participated in the demonstration that evening. It was during this demonstration that Scott Olsen, an Iraq war veteran, was injured by a tear gas canister fired by police.

Olsen spent recent weeks sleeping outside after work as part of Occupy San Francisco, but would head off for work in daytime friends say. The 24-year-old also participated in the Wisconsin budget protests earlier this year.

His condition has been upgraded from 'critical' to 'fair', but has left him unable to speak. Doctors are optimistic about his recovery and no longer think brain surgery will be neccessary.

The video of Olsen being carried away is eerily reminiscent of scenes from uprisings in the Middle East. It is not clear why police fired a tear gas canister at those gathered around to help the injured man.

Seen from meters away:

Seen from across the street:


Seen from a helicopter, right at the 1.00 mark:

Oakland police said in a press statement that "a number of officers were assaulted, doused with hazardous materials and hit with large rocks and bottles". This led to"the declaration of an unlawful assembly and the order to disperse".

The statement said the use of less lethal force was part of a tactic to disperse the crowds. But that tactic may have violated their own crowd control policies, Jim Chanin, a civil rights lawyer, told KCBS. Chanin won a 2003 lawsuit over the way Oakland police managed a protest against the Iraq war. The lawsuit led to $2 000 000 worth of compensation for injured protesters, and a redraft of police policies on crowd control.

The crowd control policy allows for the use of tear gas only "when all other means have failed," but "they hadn't even tried marching forward" Chanin said, adding that his review of the crackdown wasn't complete.

The policy prohibits less lethal projectiles, like tear gas and bean bags, from being fired into crowds - they must be used to neutralise a specific threat, he said. "There's just no reason for this level of violence' he told KCBS

Police admitted it had used bean bags against protesters, but said it was "to stop them throwing dangerous objects at the officers".

 Chief Howard Jordan wrote in a message to the community that the police had received reactions from around the world. He promised that "all allegations of misconduct and excessive uses of force" would be investigated by internal and external investigative sources.

Mayor Jean Quan apologised for the police violence in a written letter to Occupy Oakland and made four demands:

1) We understand that some members of Occupy Oakland want to meet with me and Chief
Jordan. We agree. We need to have direct communications between city staff and your
representatives.

2) We need you to maintain healthy and safe conditions where you gather.

3) We need our public safety employees to have access when there is an emergency.

4) We are asking you not to camp overnight. Frank Ogawa Plaza is open for free speech
activities between 6 am and 10 pm.

Occupy Oakland seems set to go on despite that fourth demand though, as about three dozen tents had appeared by Friday.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Chemical bomb thrown at Occupy Maine and threats made against OccupyLSX

Police are looking for the person who threw a chemical bomb at the #OccupyMaine camp in Portland on Sunday morning.

The makeshift bomb was made up of chemicals poured into a plastic Gatorade container and was thrown into the camp's kitchen from a moving car. Police responded to the incident at 4 am and investigators spent about two hours on scene to identify the chemicals.

Stephanie Wilburn, a 19-year-old occupier who was 10 feet away from the blast, said the chemical in the container was Drano. She lost her hearing overnight and got a sore throat from breathing in the chemicals.


Wilburn describes the experience here:

The container landed under a table which may have shielded those present. The table, which normally require two people to move, was lifted a foot into the air by the blast, according to a press statement from Occupy Maine.

Portland police Sgt. Glen McGarysaid the homemade bomb could have caused serious injury.


"There was no fire . . . We had a good 20 feet of thick smoke rolling out from under the table," Wilburn said. They could see the "G" on the 24-ounce bottle and its orange cap, as well as bits of silver metal, she said.

Witnesses said a silver car had been circling before the attack, its occupants shouting things like "Get a job" and "You communist." They believe someone from that car threw the device, according to a statement.

"The target was the centre of camp where the overnight security team was," the statement claimed.

Acting Police Chief Michael Sauschuck said that detectives don't necessarily believe Occupy Maine was the sole target because another device was set off elsewhere that night. He described the device as the type often associated with teenage pranks. But he said police are taking it seriously because someone could've been hurt.

Many campers are fearful of another attack, according to the statement.
 
Read the original story here. Contact the occupation here: OccME.Media@gmail.com

Tour of the camp in wake of the attack:


Meanwhile in the UK, EDL News reported that a member of the far-right English Defence League has threatened to set fire to tents at Occupy the London Stock Exchange (#OccupyLSX). The man also threatened to murder an unnamed person within 36 hours.

A screen capture of the threats made on his Facebook page was published by EDL News and has been handed over to the Metropolitan Police.

The threat about setting fire to tents refers to a planned Facebook event next Sunday named "Get rid of the Lefties up town".


Three men are also being sought by police in New York over death threats made against a Occupy Wall Street protester, though this does not appear to be politically motivated.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Occupations around the world - the live streams

This page is updated continuously - please leave a comment below if you know of any occupations that are not listed here. You can also reach me here or email me at occupy@fredrikwalloe.com.

If you're looking for a particular live stream, it's easier to search the site. In Firefox you press Ctrl+F to do this. If you're looking for, say, Moscow, you type in 'Moscow', or #OccupyMoscow. When you've found a stream you want to watch it's best to click the video and watch it on that website, as this page is quite resource-heavy.

Thanks to all who helped create this list, and to 'Riad' in particular, who got in touch with me early on. It's among the most comprehensive lists of live streams available. There is also a list of twitter handles used by occupations here.


Occupations in the UK:
The 'official' #OccupyLSX live stream:
Watch live streaming video from openeye at livestream.com


#OccupyLSX, by @bc_tmh:


Remember to press the red 'live' button at the top of the screen, or you might find yourself watching an older recording instead of the live broadcast.

#OccupyLSX, by @queerresistance:

The Guardian is also covering the event here.

#OccupyEdinburgh:
Streaming video by Ustream

#OccupyBirmingham or #OccupyBhamuk
Video streaming by Ustream

#OccupyGlasgow:
Watch live streaming video from globalrevolution_glasgow at livestream.com


Occupations in the US:

New York:
Watch live streaming video from globalrevolution at livestream.com


#OccupyAvaazWallStreet or #AvaazWallStreet:
Watch live streaming video from avaazwallstreet at livestream.com


#OccupySeattle:
Watch live streaming video from owsoccupyseattle at livestream.com


#OccupySantaBarbara or #OccupySB:
Watch live streaming video from occupysb at livestream.com


#OccupyErie:
Watch live streaming video from occupyerie at livestream.com


#OccupyLA:
Watch live streaming video from owslosangeles at livestream.com


#OccupyBoston:
Watch live streaming video from occupyboston at livestream.com


#OccupyDallas:
Video streaming by Ustream

#OccupyRiverside:
Watch live streaming video from occupyriverside at livestream.com


#OccupyMiami or #OccupyMIA:
Watch live streaming video from occupymia at livestream.com


#OccupyAtlanta:
Video streaming by Ustream

#OccupyAustin:
Watch live streaming video from occupyaustin at livestream.com


#OccupySanDiego:
Watch live streaming video from occupywallstreetsandiego at livestream.com


#OccupyCincinnati or #OccupyCincy:
Watch live streaming video from occupycincy at livestream.com


#OccupyBellingham:
Watch live streaming video from occupybellingham at livestream.com


#OccupyBaltimore:


#OccupyTampa:
Watch live streaming video from occupytampa at livestream.com


#OccupyDenver or Occupy Denver:
Live video by Ustream

#OccupyDC or #OccupyKst:
Watch live streaming video from occupykst at livestream.com


#OccupyIndianapolis or #OccupyIndy:
Watch live streaming video from occupyindy at livestream.com


#OccupyLasVegas:
Watch live streaming video from occupylasvegas at livestream.com


#OccupyLousville:
Watch live streaming video from occupylouisville at livestream.com


#OccupyMaine:
Watch live streaming video from occupymaine at livestream.com


#OccupyNola:
Watch live streaming video from occupynola at livestream.com


#OccupyNewYersey or #OccupyNJstatehouse:
Watch live streaming video from occupynj_statehouse at livestream.com


#OccupyMN:
Watch live streaming video from occupymn at livestream.com


#OccupyColumbus:
Watch live streaming video from occupycolumbus at livestream.com


#OccupyPhiladelphia or #OccupyPhilly:
Watch live streaming video from occupyphilly at livestream.com


#OccupyPortland or #OccupyTown:
Watch live streaming video from occupyptown at livestream.com


#OccupyPittsburgh:
Watch live streaming video from occupypittsburgh at livestream.com


#OccupySacramento:
Watch live streaming video from occupysacto at livestream.com


#OccupySanFrancisco or #OccupySF:
Watch live streaming video from occupyfdsf at livestream.com


Alternate #OccupySF or #OccupySanFrancisco stream 1, 27.10.2011:

Alternate #OccupySF or #OccupySanFrancisco stream 2, 27.10.2011:
Live video by Ustream

Streaming Live by Ustream #OccupyStLouis or #OccupySTL:
Watch live streaming video from occupystlouis at livestream.com


#OccupyMadison:
Watch live streaming video from occupymadison at livestream.com


#OccupyChicago or #OccupyChi:
Video streaming by Ustream

#OccupyGainesville or #OccupyGville:
Watch live streaming video from occupygville at livestream.com


#OccupySaltLakeCity or #OccupySLC:
Watch live streaming video from occupyslc at livestream.com


#OccupyHouston or #OccupyHoustonTX:
Video streaming by Ustream

#OccupyTucson:
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#OccupyCorpus:
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#OccupySarasota:
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#OccupyDuluth:
Watch live streaming video from occupyduluth at livestream.com


#OccupyMemphis:


#OccupyVentura:
Watch live streaming video from occupyventura at livestream.com


#OccupyLakeland:
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#OccupyProvidence or #OccupyRI or #OccupyRhodesIsland:
Watch live streaming video from occupyprovidenceri at livestream.com
#OccupyTheCouve or #OccupyCouve:
Watch live streaming video from occupythecouve at livestream.com


#OccupyToledo:
Watch live streaming video from occupytoledo at livestream.com




Occupations in other countries:
#OccupyItaly:
Watch live streaming video from occupyitaly at livestream.com


#OccupyMexico or #RevolucionMexico:
Watch live streaming video from revolucionmexico at livestream.com


#OccupyVancouver:


#OccupyToronto:


#OccupyMontreal:
Watch live streaming video from everythingisok at livestream.com


#OccupyMoscow:
Watch live streaming video from occupymoscow at livestream.com


#OccupySaoPaulo or #OccupyBrazil:
Watch live streaming video from anonymousbr at livestream.com


#OccupySevilla:
Watch live streaming video from setastv at livestream.com


#OccupyBonn:
Watch live streaming video from occupybonn at livestream.com


#OccupyCalgary:
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#OccupyLjubljana:
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#OccupyDenHaag:
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#OccupyDameStreet:
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#OccupyGreece or #OccupyAthens:
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#OccupySydney:


#SpanishRevolution or #SpanishRevolutionSol:
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#OccupyAmsterdam:
Watch live streaming video from occupyamsterdam at livestream.com


#OccupyAuckland:
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#OccupyBelgrade or #RevolutionBelgrade:
Watch live streaming video from revolutionbelgrade at livestream.com


#OccupyQuebec:
Watch live streaming video from occupyqubec at livestream.com


#OccupyDenmark:
Watch live streaming video from occupydenmark at livestream.com


#OccupyKingston:
Watch live streaming video from occupykingston at livestream.com


#OccupyTijuana:


#OccupyIstanbul or #OccupyAyaklanIstanbul:
Watch live streaming video from revoltistanbul at livestream.com


#OccupyValencia:
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#OccupySwitzerland or #OccupyParadePlatz:
occupyzh on livestream.com. Broadcast Live Free


#OccupyDusseldorf:
Watch live streaming video from occupyduesseldorf at livestream.com


#OccupyFrankfurt:
Watch live streaming video from occupyfrankfurt at livestream.com


GlobalRevolution: