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Eye on Occupy: May 1st “General Strike” planning heats up; Update: Metal pipe-wielding Occupier arrested, NYC cracks down

Twitchy is continuing to monitor the Occupy movement’s “spring training” activities on Twitter. The hashtag #M1GS” stands for May 1st General Strike — a nationwide protest to voice dissatisfaction with the nation’s high unemployment rate by…urging everyone to stop working. Or as one Occupier put it, “dont (sic) do shit.”

Bay Area Occupiers voted this weekend to shut down the Golden Gate Bridge. New York City Occupiers are still sleeping on Wall Street (when they’re not smashing Starbucks windows and calling for police to die).

@SupaDupaEp May 1st general strike, dont do shit! #mayday #mayday #M1GS #M1GS #M1GS #M1GS #M1GS #M1GS #M1GS #RiseUp

— The Freeman (@JonSmif) April 16, 2012

Out of the tweets and into the streets! #DirectAction #MayDay #M1GS @OWSMayDay

— Occupy Wall Street (@OccupyWallStNYC) April 15, 2012

Don't know what #M1GS is??>>>>

— Peggy (@PeggySue_6) April 16, 2012

May 1st is around the corner! Everyone should commit to getting 10 friends to take the day off! #M1GS

— #OccupyLA (@OccupyLA) April 15, 2012

The #OccupyOakland GA voted unanimously to shut down the Golden Gate Bridge in support of bridge workers taking action on May Day #M1GS #OO

— Occupied Oak Trib (@OccupiedOakTrib) April 15, 2012

BREAKING: Confirmed. #OO has approved golden gate shutdown on #M1GS. Official hashtag #OccupyTheBridge & website 4:37PM

— Jayron (@Jayron26) April 15, 2012

Another bird's eye view #sleepows #sleeponwallstreet

— SpeakOWS (@SpeakOWS) April 15, 2012

NYC Occupy Smashes Starbucks, Shouts 'All Pigs Must Die': We’ve told you in previous reports to expect the incre…

— Big Government (@biggovt) April 16, 2012

So many cities worldwide participating in #MayDay – its going to be such a huge day! 99% stand up! #M1GS

— Christopher (@BuenaVista28) April 16, 2012

One genius Occupier decided to show his support for the working class by vandalizing a bathroom and making a janitor’s life miserable. Solidarity!

bathroom graffiti for #M1GS #MayDay #spreadinganarchy via @timcast

— Z (@ClassWarCamp) April 16, 2012


Previous “Eye on Occupy” dispatches.



On December 19th, 2011, Occupy Los Angeles General Assembly consented upon the following statement:
“Occupy LA supports in principle a General Strike on May 1, 2012, for migrant rights, jobs for all, a moratorium on foreclosures, and peace – and to recognize housing, education and health care as human rights, and calls for the building of a broad coalition to make that a reality.”

Occupations across the world have made similar calls for a General Strike, or day of economic disruption, in direct response to Occupy Los Angeles, or through a synchronicity of thought, a buzzing hive mind that feels the need to express solidarity with movements and people throughout the world who honor May Day and see this years expression of that as our next major step.


The latest from the Occupy Wall Street sleepers…


Thanks for the great PR, jerks. RT @Gothamist: Occupy Protester Arrested For Allegedly Assaulting NYPD Officer w/ Pipe

— Carrie M (@CarrieM213) April 15, 2012

Abt 25 #OWS kicked off sidewalks due to Wall St being high risk security zone. Now on Fed Hall steps screaming at NYPD

— Maddley (@maddleyburns) April 16, 2012

Rush hour on Wall St consisted of the great unwashed screaming at office workers and NYPD bc the sidewalk is being washed. What a dirty crew

— Maddley (@maddleyburns) April 16, 2012

@Maddley points out that the pipe-wielder was whining about, yes, police brutality, last fall:

#OWS Penley, who beat cop with pipe last night, talks abt the horrors of police brutality in Oct 2011

— Maddley (@maddleyburns) April 15, 2012

ATTN: #OWS – Your actions tonight in the #EastVillage were abhorrent. Any sympathy people may have for your movement suffers with this crap.

— Ray's Candy Store (@RaysCandyStore) April 15, 2012

@Stranahan More on the story:

— Wolverine (@Nickarama1) April 16, 2012

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