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!