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8 Occupy Honolulu protesters released from police custody

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 08:20 a.m. HST, Nov 07, 2011


 

Eight Occupy Honolulu protesters arrested Saturday night after trying to establish an encampment at Thomas Square have been released, according to police.

The protesters were among some 40 people who gathered at the park Saturday night. They were arrested after refusing to leave after 10 p.m., the park’s official closing time.

The group’s website reported that the eight arrested faced a cumulative $1,700 in bail but the Honolulu Police Department’s booking section said all eight were released without having to post bail.

 

Some 20 police officers arrived late Saturday at the park near downtown Honolulu. Members of Occupy Honolulu had said earlier Saturday that they planned to begin camping at the park starting at its 10 p.m. closing time.

The Honolulu protesters are part of a broader movement that is largely demonstrating against disparities in the nation’s economic system. 

Honolulu organizers said they also stood “in solidarity” with the homeless who are being forced from the streets and parks as the city prepares this week to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.






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Classic_59Chevy wrote:
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on November 6,2011 | 06:58AM
danielpecoraro wrote:
who is asking that? you have the right to invest wherever you like. my tax money should not be used to support corporations. i have debt too.
on November 6,2011 | 02:53PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
But the Messiah, Barry, said so daniel, come now....
on November 7,2011 | 09:22AM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
But the Messiah, Barry, said so daniel, come now....
on November 7,2011 | 09:22AM
Macadamiamac wrote:
Yet another symptom of the fascism creeping into the land of the free.
on November 6,2011 | 07:03AM
palani wrote:
Well, we do have a National Socialist (google Nationalsozialismus in the White House.
on November 6,2011 | 09:45AM
OldDiver wrote:
Palani, It would do you well to understand the difference between socialism and fascism. I know Republican TV (Fox News) wants it's viewers to believe they are one on the same. It's amazing how Fox News has it's viewers believing that night is the same as day.
on November 6,2011 | 04:09PM
Toneyuki wrote:
Are you saying Obama is a fascist? It sounds like you are contending that he isn't a socialist. Terms like share the wealth and redistribution are socialist principles, are they not?
on November 6,2011 | 04:55PM
OldDiver wrote:
Things like the military, the fire department, the police department, public education, life guards, highways, roads, the VA etc are socialist.
on November 6,2011 | 05:50PM
Toneyuki wrote:
No, those things are necessary government functions. And not all of them. Some of them are federal (military, highways) and others are local (police, fire, life guards, roads) Socialist is when ignorant people think that wealth is finite and that everybody should have a fair share based on need and not on their personal responsibility. Socialist is where people like you think that profit is evil and that government knows best how to help everyone and how to distribute profits that are made by the hard work of private individuals. Socialist is where private property does not exist.
on November 7,2011 | 04:13PM
DTOM wrote:
Fascism, Socialism equals Totalitarianism. It's all the same.
on November 6,2011 | 08:17PM
OldDiver wrote:
Macadamiamac Fascism is the merging of government and large corporations till their interest become one in the same. Government was formed to serve the people not money and it's power. This move towards fascism began with Ronald Reagan and continues till this day. The 99% movement seeks to reverse this trend.
on November 6,2011 | 04:03PM
Toneyuki wrote:
And yet wall street and fat cats contribute more to Democrats. OD quit listening to Democrat news (MSDNC) and look to who the real crony capitalists are.
on November 6,2011 | 04:53PM
palani wrote:
Touché, Toneyuki! The extreme left (totalitarian communists) always meets the extreme right (totalitarian fascists), the only distinction is in their respective starting points on the political circle. Yet most leftists are surprised that many millions more have been murdered in the name of "reversing the trend", or redistributing the wealth, as OD seems to advocate.
on November 6,2011 | 05:31PM
OldDiver wrote:
The Wall Street crowd has a new lover boy, Mitt Romney.
on November 6,2011 | 05:52PM
Toneyuki wrote:
You have that Democrat news (MSLSD) down pat. Good job throwing out a non sequitur.
on November 7,2011 | 04:16PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
There is somewhat of a double standard here. A homeless guy has been camping in the park for several months on the Art Academy side. You can see his stuff and coat hangers against the lave rock wall during the day. He is never arrested for sleeping there and has been told to leave.
on November 6,2011 | 07:12AM
cojef wrote:
The homeless does not have an agenda and are peaceful. Semantically you are trying to justify the occupy movement's conduct when asked to vacate the premises. It's better to heed the request than to get arrested. The majority of the occupiers from the photo indicates haoles with radical worded signs. If you don't like it in Hawaii go back from whence you emerged from. As long as you all are peaceful, I wouldn't give doodley s--t....
on November 6,2011 | 07:28AM
Kapakahi wrote:

You apparently do not like free speech. At least, you don't like the exercise of free speech with which you disagree. You justify the arrests because they "have an agenda"? "Having an agenda" is either irrelevant or makes their behavior more protected than those without "an agenda."

The constitutional right to assemble to express grievances, is--on paper--a fundamental right and should only be trumped when another legitimate public purpose is more important. In this case, the protesters were not interfering with the use of the park by others, were not lurking in the darkness posing a possible threat to other park users, were not engaged in otherwise illegal or destructive behavior. There were there to express their disappointment/anger/frustration with a system which is circling the drain, ruining the lives of millions of our people, failing to provide jobs--even shelter-- for our people.

The United States was born out of the struggle of patriots banding together with their neighbors to demand just policies and fair representation on their behalf. Your attitude here suggests that view is alien to you. Because the yard protesting corporate domination of our government, you say they deserved arrest because they were not "peaceful"? You have a serious authoritarian streak in you which you might want to reflect upon.


on November 6,2011 | 08:38AM
Pacej001 wrote:
Where's the line between free speech and mob rule. Seems like the whole OWS strategy, if you can call what's going on a strategy, is on the wrong side of that line, made worse by the absence of a rational message, proposals for change, and a set of logical steps that the general public can talk about.
on November 6,2011 | 08:52AM
cojef wrote:
You state that, "there were there to express their disappointment/anger/frustration with a system which is circling the drain, ruining the lives of millions of our people, failing to provide jobs-even shelter-for our people." . Perhaps, so, but if that's the case leave this cesspool. I'm sick and tired of people expecting a hand-out and expect entitlements like it's never going to end. Further, the occupiers look like they are well fed and not like an unemployed. They look like a bunch of hippies out having a ball of a time trying to demonstrate just for the sake of doing so, cuz its the hep thing to do.
on November 6,2011 | 09:51AM
bender wrote:
The homeless have an agendae as well.
on November 7,2011 | 05:02AM
babyb_19 wrote:
exactly, he is there during the DAY when the park is OPEN. Thomas Square is closed to the public at 10 pm. Apparently the homeless person is SMART enough to LEAVE not like these idiots.
on November 6,2011 | 08:13AM
Bdpapa wrote:
The homeless guy is not in a public park! But, he gotta go too!
on November 7,2011 | 04:26AM
Pacej001 wrote:
Thank you Mr. Mayor.
on November 6,2011 | 07:17AM
Leewardboy wrote:
I've got a large part of my retirement invested in "Corporate Amercia" too. But I understand the protesters' point. "Corporate America" doesn't care if my money disappears when they "collapse" and/or declare bankruptcy. Remember the "banking crisis"? The big investment firms took a huge loss but the banks and "Corporate America" didn't care because they had already made a huge profit by selling bad loans and mortgages to the investment firms who bought up these loans gambling on making a tidy profit when they came due. Didn't work - and we, the taxpayers and "small investors" are the losers who had to bail them out. The Wall Street elite literally stole the bank and never lost a cent. Will my retirement be there in a few years? Who knows? Does Wall Street care? No!!
on November 6,2011 | 07:18AM
SmedleyFerndock wrote:
No one was even prosecuted for selling worthless securities after advertising them as valuable commodities. President Obama I hold you and your Justice Department responsible for this outcome. I am still waiting for some of these "too big to fail" going to jail and being penalized with massive fines.
on November 6,2011 | 08:42AM
tiki886 wrote:
Just keep in mind that Enron stock is still worth more today than any monies in the "Social Security Trust Fund".
on November 6,2011 | 11:33AM
admiral wrote:
You're right. But it's not just one person. I've lived nearby for many years and Thomas Square has long been filled with homeless people, day and night, who are never bothered by the police. Unlike the homeless in Waikiki and elsewhere they haven't been relocated by authorities of late, presumably because Thomas Square is beyond the sight line of the APEC dignitaries. But certainly there is a matter of equal treatment by the law here. Whatever your politics, this is a clear violation of equal treatment--one that any decent attorney should be able to argue if these folks can find one.
on November 6,2011 | 08:14AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I've seen more people in line for the 69 cent papayas at Times. This group is just plain disorganized and ineffective. I don't disagree with some of their points but they are just so...lame!
on November 6,2011 | 08:15AM
Dragonman wrote:
These people are protesting for a cause they believe in. It takes a lot of courage to stand up against the establishment knowing that you could be arrested. It does not take much courage as an unknown blogger to call them names. Their nationality or relegion has nothing to do with their cause, it only makes you sound uneducated or a racist if you bring this point up. This movement has already effected some change in the way banks wanted to do business, Banks cancelled the proposed five dollar debit card monthly fee largely because of this movement. Do I believe in everything they are protesting ? No but I do respect thier right to protest/demostrate as long as they remain peaceful.
on November 6,2011 | 08:20AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Well said Dragonman.
on November 6,2011 | 08:41AM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
Well said Dragonman...btw...what is your real name?
on November 6,2011 | 11:09PM
Pacej001 wrote:
The banks changed there fee policy when hundreds of thousands of customers canceled their accounts and fled to credit unions, not because of OWS.
on November 6,2011 | 08:49AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
You are absolutely correct on this one. My cousin works for BOA. The decision had everything to do with customer backlash and absoltely nothing to do with OWS. Not sure where this Dragonman gets his facts but he is clearly distorting reality here.
on November 6,2011 | 09:43AM
tiki886 wrote:
And here's another insight: When banks charge $5 for withdrawing your own money, when banks charge you $50 for NSF (bounced checks) They are not trying to make money off of you. They are actually telling you they don't want your business! Go to another bank and destroy their operations! With the migration of funds from some of the largest banks to the credit unions, ask yourself this question, do you think the banks are relieved they got rid of the "riff raff" and do the Credit Unions think they are getting "quality" customers? The "Cream of the Crop" from the banks?
on November 6,2011 | 11:56AM
tiki886 wrote:
And here's another insight: When banks charge $5 for withdrawing your own money, when banks charge you $50 for NSF (bounced checks) They are not trying to make money off of you. They are actually telling you they don't want your business! Go to another bank and destroy their operations! With the migration of funds from some of the largest banks to the credit unions, ask yourself this question, do you think the banks are relieved they got rid of the "riff raff" and do the Credit Unions think they are getting "quality" customers? The "Cream of the Crop" from the banks?
on November 6,2011 | 11:56AM
tiki886 wrote:
And here's another insight: When banks charge $5 for withdrawing your own money, when banks charge you $50 for NSF (bounced checks) They are not trying to make money off of you. They are actually telling you they don't want your business! Go to another bank and destroy their operations! With the migration of funds from some of the largest banks to the credit unions, ask yourself this question, do you think the banks are relieved they got rid of the "riff raff" and do the Credit Unions think they are getting "quality" customers? The "Cream of the Crop" from the banks?
on November 6,2011 | 11:56AM
tiki886 wrote:
And here's another insight: When banks charge $5 for withdrawing your own money, when banks charge you $50 for NSF (bounced checks) They are not trying to make money off of you. They are actually telling you they don't want your business! Go to another bank and destroy their operations! With the migration of funds from some of the largest banks to the credit unions, ask yourself this question, do you think the banks are relieved they got rid of the "riff raff" and do the Credit Unions think they are getting "quality" customers? The "Cream of the Crop" from the banks?
on November 6,2011 | 11:56AM
kainalu wrote:
Nope. OWS definitely influenced what Banks are doing now - they're walking on glass.
on November 6,2011 | 02:45PM
tiki886 wrote:
And here's another insight: When banks charge $5 for withdrawing your own money, when banks charge you $50 for NSF (bounced checks) They are not trying to make money off of you. They are actually telling you they don't want your business! Go to another bank and screww them up! With the migration of funds from some of the largest banks to the credit unions, ask yourself this question, do you think the banks are relieved they got rid of the "riff raff" and do the Credit Unions think they are getting "quality" customers? The "Cream of the Crop" from the banks?
on November 6,2011 | 11:53AM
tiki886 wrote:
And here's another insight: When banks charge $5 for withdrawing your own money, when banks charge you $50 for NSF (bounced checks) They are not trying to make money off of you. They are actually telling you they don't want your business! Go to another bank and destroy their operations! With the migration of funds from some of the largest banks to the credit unions, ask yourself this question, do you think the banks are relieved they got rid of the "riff raff" and do the Credit Unions think they are getting "quality" customers? The "Cream of the Crop" from the banks?
on November 6,2011 | 11:55AM
Toneyuki wrote:
Who said anything about religion? They have the right to protest as long as they aren't breaking the law. The law is that the park closes at 10pm. They knew that and willfully broke the law. Have a nice night in jail!
on November 6,2011 | 01:10PM
jusmetwocents wrote:
Wow, I wasn't aware the big banks cancelled their proposed monthly debit card fees because of the Wall Street protesters? I guess I thought they changed their mind from all the letters (combined with bad press) they received from account holders who were threatening to move their accounts elsewhere? I guess that shows you protesters how out of touch I am!
on November 7,2011 | 06:43AM
KimoSabey wrote:
This is just the beginning of Mainland Occupy forces,protestors, and Oakland like anarchist invading Honolulu to create Chaos. Over 20 former Acorn workers- yes like Hawaii's own President, are in town to gather, organize and fund the activities that will show us in a very bad light. Thousands of media will be the perfect storm of attention and you think they are looking for good news. Hawaii will be so disturbed by these invaders that other nations will never want to meet here again. These are the same protestors at the UH who tore down signs of Aloha, and help support our very unpopular governor. When will this get through to the people of Hawaii that the occupy people now want a socialist- non capitalist government and do not respect the military,police, or any other establishment of , well, authority. You get what you support in this liberal state. Have fun with the mess. I am leaving town and leave the 1% who run this state to cope with their seeds of disaster. With the killing of a local by a Fed in Waikiki the racist of these democrat party groups will show their ugly faces in pure hate and vile. You get what you sow. Thanks a lot Neil and Barry.
on November 6,2011 | 09:15AM
Leewardboy wrote:
So you support Abercrombie - who is head cheerleader for APEC - which many of these protesters are also demonstrating against?
on November 6,2011 | 10:36AM
elvisdiddy808 wrote:
Good for them! Yeah, I called the cops and its not because of free speech or anything like that. When you screaming and yelling at 10:00 pm when the park is supposed to be closed, you infringing on my rights to get some sleep. They were arrested for disturbing the peace, not for exercising free speech. Even if you have the right to do something, that doesnt mean you should do it at all times and anywere you please. These protestors are not helping their cause by infuriating us locals. Shaddap already!! By the way, the if you don't like the way people are doing business, don't do buisness with them or at the very least, offer constructive solutions instead of complaining. Airlines, banks, and stores either have to change their policies or shut down if consumers choose to not do business with them.
on November 6,2011 | 09:23AM
hokumakakilo wrote:
Well said, and I agree 100%!
on November 6,2011 | 10:13AM
tobyclairmont wrote:
Good practice for APEC. People have a right to voice their views. Police have a responsibility to enforce the laws. As long as no one becomes violent, the system works.
on November 6,2011 | 09:56AM
HoldEverything wrote:
Expect the HPD to have little patience when dealing with the OWS or APEC demonstrators. HPD takes its marching orders from Hawaii's business and tourism leaders. The last thing those leaders want is something that spoils the "image" of Hawaii as a paradise for visitors. They want so badly for APEC to go smoothly because they believe it will show that Hawaii is a safe or neutral place for meetings like this--the so called "Geneva of the Pacific," as someone in the tourism industry called it. From their point of view, it's all about business. But, whose Hawaii is it, anyway? Does it belong to the people who live here? Or does it belong to the handful of APEC-sponsoring companies who leverage Hawaii as a source of revenue, revenue that typically goes to out-of-state owners? Our political leaders clearly favor these companies' business objectives over the needs and lives of the people who live here. You shouldn't have to wonder why groups like OWS get started.
on November 6,2011 | 09:59AM
kennysmith wrote:
they have every right to stay in there to.
on November 6,2011 | 10:15AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
They do not have the right to block the disabled sidewalk ramp which is exactly what the guy with the blue tent is doing right now (12:32 pm).
on November 6,2011 | 11:33AM
Toneyuki wrote:
No they don't.
on November 6,2011 | 01:14PM
Anonymous wrote:
Das da haolis foa you
on November 6,2011 | 10:40AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Ignorant racism rarely accomplishes anything.
on November 6,2011 | 10:51AM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
Neither does intelligent racism. But I digress, any yahoo that is yelling in protest for longer than a barking dog is lawfully allowed to should be arrested. Good riddance. Those union meat cutters at Times Kahala only unified the CUSTOMERS of Times with their insensitivity towards the residents of the area with their hours of loud protesting. Protest? Absolutely yes. Obnoxious? Go to jail.
on November 6,2011 | 11:20PM
Admirable wrote:
These protesters have a right to express themselves peacefully. The first amendment to to the United States Constitution guarantees protection of this right: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." The fact that very little has been done by a partisan republican dominated house of representatives in Washington to address the swindle of hundreds of millions of people in the United States and more world wide is a message that must be sent to our government. FIX IT!. The protesters want responsible government oversight of some of the thieves on Wall Street and in the banking and financial sectors of our country's economic institutions. In any case there is plenty to disagree with. Let them protest without police intervention. They were performing an important role in our democracy.
on November 6,2011 | 11:44AM
Toneyuki wrote:
HAHAHAHA It's the Republicans in the house that haven't done anything? HAHAHAHAHA did you forget the Democrats controlled the house, the senate and the white house for 2 YEARS and didn't do anything? Now you're blaming the Republicans for not doing anything even though they only control half of the legislature? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Who controlled the house and the senate when the collapse happened? The DEMOCRATS. They controlled the legislature for 4 years.
on November 6,2011 | 01:18PM
Admirable wrote:
The current situation is what it is. If you don't believe the current house of representatives is dominated by republican obstructionist policies then logic and reason are probably out of the question. The main issue is not your partisan politics but the first amendment and allowing people in Hawaii a way to express themselves in peaceful protest.
on November 6,2011 | 01:50PM
Toneyuki wrote:
The current house of representatives is controlled by the Republicans. The current senate is controlled by the Democrats. The white house is controlled by the Democrats. Your complaint that the current house hasn't done anything to address the swindling of millions of people is ridiculous because it ignores the facts that the Democrat party didn't do a dang thing for 4 years when they controlled that specific house, or for 2 years when they had majorities in the legislative and the executive branches. It also ignores that the swindling was done because of government (Republican and Democrat) and corporate collusion. It also ignores the fact that government forced banks to take more chances.
on November 6,2011 | 05:02PM
Admirable wrote:
Your omitting the fact that during the short time that the democrats did control the both the house and senate that the republican obstructionist in the senate set a record for filibusters. The following is a quote from Steven R. Hurst reports from the White House for The Associated Press: " In the 110th Congress of 2007-2008, with Republicans in the minority, there were a record 112 cloture votes. In the current session of Congress – the 111th – for all of 2009 and the first two months of 2010 the number already exceeded 40. The most the filibuster has been used when Democrats were in the minority was 58 times in the 106th Congress of 1999-2000. Your ignorance of the facts and arrogance have clouded your judgement.
on November 6,2011 | 11:41PM
Toneyuki wrote:
HAHHAHAHAHAHAHA What on earth does that have to do with it? You complain about the Republicans in the house not doing anything about it (while the D in the senate can ignore anything they do, not even a filibuster, just not even bring it up) yet you complain that the D's couldn't do anything because of R filibuster? LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL Short time? 4 YEARS is not a short time.
on November 7,2011 | 04:07PM
Admirable wrote:
You are rambling and don't make any sense. I will leave you to wallow in your ignorance.
on November 8,2011 | 01:13PM
Anonymous wrote:
If the park closes at 10pm that means 10pm. Not too difficult a concept to understand.If someone doesn't want to leave than they must accept tha consequences.Al of this is not difficult.
on November 6,2011 | 11:46AM
Graham wrote:
GREAT JOB HPD!!!
on November 6,2011 | 11:57AM
keys4me wrote:
If they each took home a homeless person, they could acomplish more than the government has, and every one would thank them.
on November 6,2011 | 11:59AM
toke wrote:
When did we become a oppressive police state? Where the agenda is always hidden behind excuses to crush the opposition. So sad for my hawaii, becoming like all the other hell holes in this world of ours.
on November 6,2011 | 12:08PM
Anonymous wrote:
Were the armies of homeless there arrested? Their condition is a silent protest against injustice.
on November 6,2011 | 12:57PM
elvisdiddy808 wrote:
Now thats stretching it and you should be ashamed for trying to say the homeless are just silent partners in your cause.
on November 7,2011 | 05:58AM
b00gedy wrote:
This is what should have been done back in 1773 during the Boston Tea Party! If those radicals had just been arrested and put in their place we wouldn't have all the problems we have today like NPR, Art Programs and Taxes!!! Damn the Protestors!!! Damn the Protest!!!
on November 6,2011 | 02:05PM
Loki wrote:
They not from Hawaii.
on November 6,2011 | 02:08PM
news333 wrote:
IF A THOUSAND PEOPLE CONSPIRE OR ABET A CRIME, THEN ALL ARE EQUALLY GUILTY IN THE EYES OF THE LAW. THOSE WHO INVEST IN STOCKS LIKE TOBACCO OR ALCOHOL( OR AS A PART OF THEIR MUTUAL STOCK FUND ), ARE GUILTY OF ABETTING THE CAUSE OF ILLNESSES AND DEATHS HERE IN AMERICA AND IN THIRD WORLDS COUNTRIES. i AM NOT WITHOUT GUILT, BUT FAR LESS THAN THE AVERAGE STOCKHOLDER. EVER SUSPECT THEY(BIG BANKS) THROW DARTS AT THE STOCK SECTION TO SEE WHAT STOCKS TO PUSH THROUGH THEIR STOCK SUBSIDIARIES. AT LEAST INVEST IN GREEN STOCKS OR STOCK FUNDS THAT AID AND ABET THE POLUTTINBG THE WORLD. DEFENSE CONTRACTORS ARE OKAY. A STRONG MILITARYAFFORDS US THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING ABLE TO TALK OUR LIBERAL JIVE.
on November 6,2011 | 02:10PM
lee1957 wrote:
People who use tobacco and alcohol are not responsbile for their lack of self discipline?
on November 6,2011 | 05:33PM
Anonymous wrote:
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on November 6,2011 | 02:43PM
BarkingEagle wrote:
CRA had nothing whatsoever to do with the financial meltdown. It was completely because of the greed of banks, the rating agencies and lack of regulation and oversight by the government agencies. You've got some of the buzzwords correct, but you're not connecting the dots. Go see the academy award winning documentary, "Inside Job" to get a thorough understanding of what happened.
on November 6,2011 | 04:23PM
Toneyuki wrote:
Read the book "Reckless Endangerment" to get a better understanding and a list of names from both sides that caused this mess.
on November 6,2011 | 05:05PM
elvisdiddy808 wrote:
Hey Changalang/Anonymous, why you have to write like you 2 different people? You know you there is no point system for how many different names comment.
on November 7,2011 | 05:48AM
danielpecoraro wrote:
all but one type of debt is voided via bankruptcy...student god forbid students act irresponsibly and stop paying there debt like the corporate pigs
on November 6,2011 | 03:01PM
Changalang wrote:
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on November 6,2011 | 03:31PM
danielpecoraro wrote:
It was just a thought. Thank you for the response. I appreciate open discourse. I have a great job teaching high school, so I pay my student loans.
on November 6,2011 | 05:29PM
Changalang wrote:
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on November 6,2011 | 06:31PM
danielpecoraro wrote:
A very interesting thought indeed.
on November 6,2011 | 06:38PM
Pacej001 wrote:
Obvious solution: Securitize student loans. Slice and dice to come up with a low risk combination of engineering, social studies, and basket weaving degree holders. Require quotas for each. Compel universities to comply and sell the securities worldwide. Sound familiar? :)
on November 6,2011 | 07:40PM
BarkingEagle wrote:
Do the Mayor and the City Council really think this is a good use of taxpayer money and police resources? Twenty police officers taken away from patrolling the streets, stopping crime and arresting bad guys so they could harass peaceful protestors for sitting in a park after 10:00 pm? What a waste of their time and our money. Are Honolulu's politicians so afraid of protests against their campaign contributors they must respond to harmless free-speech advocates with overwhelming police presence?
on November 6,2011 | 04:14PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Yes.
on November 6,2011 | 09:53PM
kainalu wrote:
More than once I've called 911 and the Police never came. I've got two "Letters of Apology" from the Mayor for this reason. Looks like I need to report OWS on my front lawn the next time I dial 911.
on November 6,2011 | 04:41PM
Toyuki wrote:
Glad HPD is taking care of business in our state. Take NYC, the police took too long to act and now the problem is too large to handle. The occupy group is really scattered in their focus and the reasons why they are protesting.
on November 6,2011 | 06:02PM
rikio2 wrote:
They INTENTIONALLY begin their presence at the CLOSING time of the park. Sounds like intentional confrontation. Also MISINFORMATION on their website stating $1700 cumulative bail. Again intentional unless they do not have the staff to update it with correct and accurate information. Shame, shame shame.
on November 6,2011 | 08:37PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
When u really get down to it, u cannot fight City Hall.
on November 6,2011 | 11:38PM
elvisdiddy808 wrote:
These people trying to say it was wrong to arrest these prosters are so full of it. The fact is that they were PLANNNIG and EXPECTED to get arrested in order to get publicity. And now you are griping on why they actual got what they wanted and expected? COMPLAIN COMPLAIN COMPLAIN. Even when there is change or you get your way, COMPLAIN.
on November 7,2011 | 05:05AM
SmedleyFerndock wrote:
You got it right. 10 PM local is five hours later on the mainland. You can be sure the effort to get on the morning news TV on the east coast was an objective. One of the main objectives is to get publicity for the movement. Free publicity is the best of all. Government and corporate America use free publicity all the time, it is called a PRESS RELEASE. The SA is cover to cover laced with PR.
on November 7,2011 | 06:12AM
jusmetwocents wrote:
Once again... The vocal minority rears it's ugly head for as much publicity as possible. By the way, what's their message? Are they just against big corporations? Aren't these same protesters talking on their iPhones, surfing the net on their iPads, listening to music on their iPods, filling their cars at Chevron and buying their clothes from Banana Republic? Really?
on November 7,2011 | 06:38AM
deranged wrote:
I object to this occupying of Thomas Square park. My dog was intimidated by these people and couldn't take a dump in the park. Thank you HPD.
on November 7,2011 | 06:52AM
AhiPoke wrote:
IMHO, the protests need to be focused on our governments, all of them, not only Wall Street. While I believe that many investment bankers make way too much relative to their personal risk, it's really our governments, especially congress, that has allowed them to do so. All of our governments have been corrupted by the money they raise for their election campaigns. It doesn't make a difference between republicans and democrats. They've all raised money from special interests. Our governments have also allowed our education systems to deteriorate, under the control of teacher unions, thereby having our country's ability to compete lessened in the world's economy. In just a few more years virtually all manufacturing will be done out of the U.S. and even our edge in innovation will be dissipated due to our uneducated population. Our country has problems.
on November 7,2011 | 09:04AM
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