Event Poster, via Buzzfeed
Details are just now emerging about Saturday night’s Occupy Williamsburg “Occu-Party.” According to NY Daily News, fifty protesters set up camp at The Bedford, a vacant residential building on N. 8th and Driggs, where they threw garbage cans and spray painted anti-police slogans. When police arrived at 11 p.m., one protester pepper-sprayed an officer, while others threw bottles that injured five other officers. Police arrested four protesters and charged them with obstructing government administration, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and inciting a riot.
Village Voice staff writer Nick Pinto was on the scene that night and tweeted continuously about the action as it unfolded. Here’s Pinto’s perspective of how things went down, in chronological order:
At 207 N 8th in Williamsburg, an “Occuparty” — squatting in a half-finished luxury apartment — is getting underway. #OWS
Maybe 50 people in the ground-floor apartment. Whole building seems vacant, 75% renovated. Many hope this lasts past tonight.
Police are here, with flashlights. “Guys drop all the beers, that’s it.” not clear they get the scope of the invasion.
Glass on the front door just got smashed. Cop has his nightstick out. “I swear to god, get out of here!”
First arrest, a young woman. Bottle thrown. Cops badly outnumbered. This is getting crazy fast.
Police calling in backup as they push the crowd down 8th. Two cruisers here now.
On Bedford, masked guy throws a trash bin in the middle of the street. Some of the crowd are marching in the street.
Scuffle on the middle of Bedford as plainclothes and uniformed cops get forceful with more arrests.
Another really rough arrest. Plainclothes with telescoping sticks. Police are on this now.
At 7th, a call to march down Bedford. More trash bins in the street.
Police have one woman up against a garage door. “I didn’t do anything!” “I saw you!“
Consensus among the remaining ~40 is to head to the precinct. But many linger at the corner of 11th.
Time-out pending a phase two, waiting for things to cool down to maybe hit a second vacant spot.
OK. I think, for tonight at least, the Williamsburg front is quiet.