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“Resistance is Fertile”: Occupy Albany Occupies May Day (Photos and Video)

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Our park - until 11 PM. Because the authorities fear free expression.

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Love this poster!

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Framing was too easy

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This guy wore fracking gear

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Don't read too much into the symbolism of this photo

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The Solidarity Singers

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Gov. 1%

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For the record, I supported the Federal Reserve's bailout of broken banks. If the Fed hadn't taken action, a lot more Americans would be collecting unemployment checks.

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Ban fracking. Tax the rich. Right on!

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Here’s a video of the Solidarity Singers performing “Whatever You Say Say Nothing” at the rally. It’s a chilling song about state surveillance (starts at 1:05).

At 11 PM, after the make-believe curfew had passed, police began arresting protesters.

Twenty protesters were arrested by State Police after 11 p.m. Tuesday as Occupy Albany returned to Lafayette Park.

The protesters stood behind a large banner that read “Resistance is Fertile.”

What do authorities fear from these protests? What’s so threatening about activists camping in a park?

For whatever reason, the police appear inordinately obsessed.

Earlier in the day, two men, 58-year-old Bruce Bisson of Melrose and 48-year-old Timothy Holmes of West Chazy, were taken into custody just before 11 a.m. as the leaderless anti-corporate movement was preparing for a daylong May Day protest in conjunction with other Occupy movements across the country.

State Police said the men were trying to erect an EZ Up shelter.

A woman, 47-year-old Joanne Farrell of Rensselaer, was arrested just after noon when roughly 125 demonstrators set out for a clamorous march across the city. The woman was setting up a table and would not fold it up, said State Police Maj. William S. Sprague.

A table that would not fold up! Oh the humanity!

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