Yesterday’s first anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street Movement was marked with a protest and some arrests, just for old times sake. Among those arrested, cartoonist Molly Crabapple. The anxiety of her experience was somewhat dimmed by the modern phenomenon of being able to live-tweet your arrest and incarceration:
Everyone in this police van is wicked smart and funny except for the driver
— mollycrabapple (@mollycrabapple) September 17, 2012
Although handcuffed, Crabapple was actually tweeting behind her back, so still pretty impressive. Her phone was eventually taken away when she was jailed.
When reported by Warren Ellis a #freemollycrabapple hashtag was set up and Al Jazeera was alerted, and the incident gained quite a bit of press.
Wow, my live-tweeting my arrest made Al Jazeera- pinterest.com/pin/2026620519…
— mollycrabapple (@mollycrabapple) September 18, 2012
Eventually Crabapple and the others arrested were let go.
About 180 people were arrested during New York’s anniversary protests yesterday.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.