Interview with a pepper-sprayed UC Davis student

Photo:Brian Nguyen/The Aggie.

22-year-old UC Davis student W. (name withheld by request) was one of the students pepper-sprayed at point-blank range Friday by Lt.

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After pepper-spraying incident, UC Davis redesigns website

Link. They might want to rethink that motto, however. (thanks, @justinq!)

Iraq war veteran Kayvan Sabehgi beaten by police at Occupy Oakland, left with lacerated spleen

Video from The Guardian: "Protester and three-tour American veteran Kayvan Sabehgi was beaten by Oakland police during the Occupy protest's general strike on 2 November. Sabehgi, who was 'completely peaceful', according to witnesses, was left with a lacerated spleen."

#OccupyWallSt sign of the day: "It's Wrong."

Snapped by Ben Furnas. Protester/sign-maker's name unknown. Ben got another funny shot here.

Photos from Occupy Pittsburgh

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Photos: Rob Beschizza / Boing Boing — CC BY 3.0, allowing commercial use with attribution.

Demonstrations inspired by Occupy Wall Street spread worldwide today, with marches across the U.S and Asia. According to Reuters, most large cities in Europe saw protests, with tens of thousands in Rome and London. Here in Pittsburgh, a column of marchers, chanting slogans and songs, snaked through downtown to gather at Market Square; organizers expect 1000-3000 to gather peacefully in the city center this afternoon. Reuters is liveblogging events in other capitals.

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NYC backs off Occupy Wall Street "cleaning"

The Awl offers a selection of photos and videos from the early hours today, in which the city of New York's deadline for clearing out the park (so it might be "cleaned") passed.

Wall Street Spirit

Musician Dan Bull (YouTube) created this rap mix of Radiohead's Street Spirit to honor the protests in New York and elsewhere. "I made the song because I believe the monetary system needs to be reviewed, and the peaceful nature of the protests inspired me to get involved," he writes. "Being in the UK I couldn't attend in person, so I thought I'd attend musically instead."