This is what democracy looks like?

About 12 protesters out of roughly 100 or so agreed to be arrested at Hartford’s part in the International Day of Action today. In a cold drizzle, the protesters marched from Aetna’s corporate headquarters on Farmington, down Flower St., around the Courant, and up Broad, where they stood near the Courant’s front door and chanted.

Police stood by as the protesters who’d volunteered to be arrested walked by and went to sit cross-legged at the onramp to I-84. The road — a major escape route for Hartford commuters — was closed for roughly an hour, but it was the single most genteel protest I’ve ever attended, with a lot of “pleases” and “thank yous” on both sides. At one point, the protesters even chanted in favor of the police (“HPD is the 99%”), which made the officer I was standing by smile.

In fact, when it was over, that officer said, “It’s nice when it works out.”

UPDATE: All 12 of the arrested protesters were released by 8 p.m. and they all have a court date on Monday, says Matt O’Connor, of SEIU, one of the organizers of today’s protest. Onward.

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    1. I was just discussing this with Mr. Dating Jesus, whose father was a Hartford cop. Unless something nasty happened after the traffic was let through– and I haven’t followed up with the arrested protesters as yet — everyone (including we, the media) behaved. And I got to pet a police horse, which was awesome.

    1. Thanks for taking the time to read it. It is hard to attend every one of these, and especially hard if you’re in class, or working, or otherwise predisposed. But I heartily recommend going to at least one, if for no other reason to see it in action.

  1. Gingrich to OWS protesters: “Get A Job’ and “Take A Bath”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/19/newt-gingrich-occupy-wall-street-job-bath_n_1103172.html?icid=maing-grid10%7Chtmlws-main-bb%7Cdl1%7Csec3_lnk3%7C114266

    WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich mocked the Occupy Wall Street protesters on Saturday, saying they need to “get a job” and “take a bath.”

    “All the Occupy movement starts with the premise that we all owe them everything,” Gingrich said at the Thanksgiving Family Forum in Iowa, as noted by Igor Volsky at ThinkProgress. “They take over a public park they didn’t pay for, to go nearby to use bathrooms they didn’t pay for, to beg for food from places they don’t want to pay for, to obstruct those who are going to work to pay the taxes to sustain the bathrooms and to sustain the park, so they can self-righteously explain they are the paragons of virtue to which we owe everything.”

    1. It’s so easy to dismiss protesters — as the Tea Party was dismissed before them — because of a few fringe people. The thing about the Occupy movement is that there is no one spokesperson, so if you wander into an Occupy encampment — if your town has one, as Hartford does — you may talk to one person but that one person doesn’t speak for everyone. Do some Occupiers need a bath? Sure. Do some Tea Partiers need to learn to spell? Absolutely.

  2. From an occupy fan to Newt:
    Stop cheating on your wives (he’s a multiple offender) and write a book that isn’t ghost written.

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