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    Posted November 18, 2011 by
    Houston, Texas
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    N17 Day of Action in Houston Kese Smith's statement for HPD on the 13 arrests

    This was my first time actually going to Occupy Houston, and was a bit disappointing. Please don’t get the wrong idea, I am and will stand with the 99%, so here is my story. First, Houston being the 3rd largest city in the nation, I thought this would be a bigger march than it actually was, compared to other cities in this nation. Although the reason just may be that Houston, TX is one of the very few cities that were not hit hard with un-employment, any people could have very easily still been "at work". Second reason for my disapointment was the arrests that happened. What I witnessed, and in my opinion the arrests were legit, people had broken the law. Point blank, more like “what was the point of just sitting in the street?” There were 13 arrests total, the 13th being an elder woman and the question still stands, did she accidentally step onto the streets, or was she "willing" to be arrested. These 13 people decided to sit and block traffic on the corner of Commerce and Travis St. Dumb, was the first thing that ran through my head, then I thought they are totally missing the point. Isn’t the point to shut down big banks, and wrong doing of the government? Not to shut down the already busy congested streets of Houston. Though I may admit I am the 99%, but have not yet taken a stand with my fellow Americans at occupy Houston, I am proud of the people who came out to march in solidarity with other cities that have been raided. Occupy Houston will continue on, and hopefully grow with other passionate Americans. This is a video statement from Kese Smith spokesman for the HPD on the arrests that happened on November 17, 2011.
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