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Inside the NYPD Destruction of the Occupy Wall Street Library

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One of the more impressive accomplishments of the Occupy Wall Street movement was the creation of a People's Library of some 3,600 volumes donated by members and supporters, available for anyone to borrow free of charge. The library included not just political works, but all kinds of reading matter, and included many signed copies donated by authors.

Inside the NYPD Destruction of the Occupy Wall Street Library

An anonymous anarchist infiltrator in the NYPD provides the cops' explanation of their actions in their own words.

by Dan Clore
Friday, May 25, 2012

One of the more impressive accomplishments of the Occupy Wall Street movement was the creation of a People's Library of some 3,600 volumes donated by members and supporters, available for anyone to borrow free of charge. The library included not just political works, but all kinds of reading matter, and included many signed copies donated by authors.

It came as a shock to many literate individuals around the world when officers in the New York Police Department, in the course of a surprise nighttime raid on the Occupy Wall Street protest park in November 2011, hauled away the entire Occupy Wall Street Library. Witnesses reported that police officers threw books into dumpsters along with food, drinks, garbage, etc. Only about 1,000 of the volumes were ever returned to the protestors, some 200 of them too damaged to use.

Many activists around the world have been quick to claim malice on the part of the NYPD, noting that political works, especially copies donated by sympathetic authors, were particularly unlikely to have been returned. However, thanks to an anonymous anarchist infiltrator utilizing reverse COINTELPRO tactics, the truth can be revealed in the officers' own words.

As a pair of police officers sat down for a brief rest, one of them began, "Can you believe all the heat we're taking over that People's Lyeberry thing? Oh, we damaged some, some, what are they?"

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