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Statement of UAW President Bob King condemning overnight raids on Occupy Wall Street Protesters

DETROIT -- The UAW, an early endorser of the Occupy Wall Street movement, today condemned Mayor Michael Bloomberg's overnight raid on the Occupy Wall Street protesters in lower Manhattan.

"The right to protest and free assembly are sacrosanct in our country," said UAW President Bob King. "Mayor Bloomberg has been publicly critical of raising taxes on the 1 percent and the message of Occupy Wall Street. The manner in which this raid was carried out can only lead one to believe that the mayor was doing the bidding of Wall Street once again.

"Cities across the country from Oakland to Portland and Chapel Hill took similar reprehensible actions, raiding encampments across the country in military fashion," King added.

"Occupy Wall Street has driven home the stark reality of corporate greed and the ever-widening income gap in America," said Julie Kushner, director of UAW Region 9A, which covers the northeast, including New York City. "It is highly suspicious that on the eve of a day of national action focusing on Wall Street, Mayor Bloomberg chooses to come in under the cover of darkness to squash the voice of the people."

Both King and Kushner heralded New York Supreme Court Justice's Lucy Billing's order directing the city to allow the protesters to return to the park and resume their lawful protest.

Kushner noted that Billings once worked as a legal services attorney in a program where the UAW represents the staff attorneys, legal workers and clerical staff.





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