Listen up everyone. I was there on the bridge, so let me explain what happened and clear the air.
The PLAN was to march (legally) on the pedestrian walkway. Now if you've been on the Brooklyn bridge, the part where it branches off into a
pedestrian walkway from the road is pretty sudden and comes up quick.
With a massive crowd of 3000 people marching, it was impossible to see clearly up ahead. Maybe people in front led us to the roadway section of the
bridge on purpose, but as for me, and I suspect most of us, we ended up down there accidentally, just caught in everyone's confusion.
The police were escorting us as they always do when we march, and they were directing the flow to ensure that many hundreds would end up on the
roadway section. The police were walking alongside, in front and behind us, controlling our flow and guiding us ONTO the roadway! In the confusion,
most of us either didn't realize what was going on or thought we were being allowed to march on the bridge as long as we stayed to the side, which
has been the case in our past marches. The cops worked to ENSURE that many would be trapped on the bridge. They didn't tell us to take the pedestrian
walkway with megaphones until AFTER getting tons of us onto the road and it was too late! The NYPD led us on the roadway to trap us and make us look
like disruptive jerks, causing trouble for the sake of it. I realized what had happened, turned around and saw 30-40 cops getting orange nets ready,
and paddywagons blocking the bridge up ahead. Trapped and seeing what was coming I climbed up the metal bridge to get to the pedestrian walkway and
then watched as everyone I was just standing with were cuffed, mugshots taken on the spot, and taken away into big buses.
Basically, the NYPD manipulated the flow of people and took advantage of the confusion to FORCE us to block the bridge, then make us look like
bridge-blocking bad guys, THEN told us we'd be arrested for blocking traffic. It was a total con. I seriously wonder if there were some undercover
agents all the way up front, ensuring that more of us would walk into the trap. Many marchers also weren't from NYC, so they weren't familiar with
the layout of the bridge. In a crowd of 3000 and a tiny pedestrian walkway, it was VERY easy to go the wrong way and get confused, especially since
thousands had already started down the roadway and the rest of us just had to follow behind since we couldn't really see what was going on.
Long story short: The plan wasn't to block or disrupt traffic or anything else on the bridge. The cops took advantage of the situation to A-make it
look like disruption was the plan, B-make mass arrests and C-Discredit us by painting us as troublemakers for the sake of making trouble. the cops
also split the group in two by blocking us at the middle, on both the road and pedestrian levels. When asked why they were blocking people on the
pedestrian level as well, they said they were "just following orders." The NYPD blocked the brooklyn bridge, NOT US.