Note how the guy at the beginning says personal property would be taken to a sanitation garage where it could be retrieved? He was lying his ass off! The property was put in garbage trucks and disposed of like garbage.
That includes the 5000 volume library. Can there be any greater symbol of assault of the rich and powerful on basic democracy?
Next post features KO’s terrific commentary on what you’re watching.
Bloomberg’s Bibliocide? Update on Confiscated “People’s Library” Books
The OWS People’s Library was confiscated during the Tuesday night raiid, angering the public who rightly were horrified by images of books–particularly a lovingly-curated collection of donated and crowdsourced books–being destroyed.
The Mayor’s Office, sensing this PR disaster, tweeted this morning that supplies had been recovered, including the library.
But when protesters returned, they were disgusted, finding trashed books, ruined laptops and much missing:
One of our librarians Zach came up with a partial list of what was taken (see below) and it’s looking like only a few boxes of books and our (destroyed) laptops and one chair were at Sanitation. Our people on the ground report that “A lot is destroyed . . . more may (or may not) be coming out of their giant trashpile at back of building.” But it’s obvious to me that by recklessly throwing the contents of the park into dumpsters, the NYPD and DSNY working under Bloomberg’s orders destroyed what we built. And that their claim that the library was “safely stored” was a lie.
A few hours later, it seemed like less than half the library was salvaged, much in awful condition.