Things are getting kinda crazy down by #occupy demonstrations.
A woman old enough to be a grandmother is quickly becoming the face of Occupy Seattle.
Dorli Rainey, the 84-year-old, pictured in the photo below, has been an activist since the 1960s and even ran for mayor of Seattle in 2009, according to the Atlantic Wire. She ultimately dropped out of the race saying, “I am old and should learn to be old, stay home, watch TV and sit still.”
As the Atlantic points out, she certainly didn’t seem to listen to her own advice.
Rainey was among a group of Seattle protesters scattered by police on Tuesday. A pregnant 19-year-old woman was also reportedly hit by pepper spray Tuesday, The Associated Press reported, though police haven’t confirmed the incident.
A priest was also among those pepper sprayed during the protesters’ march from their camp at Seattle Central Community College to Westlake Park, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Police officers on bicycles attempted to block the protesters’ way. After tensions mounted, the police used pepper spray to disperse the crowd.
“Pepper spray was deployed only against subjects who were either refusing a lawful order to disperse or engaging in assaultive behavior toward officers,” Seattle police spokesman Jeff Kappel told the Seattle Pi.
Pepper spray has been used on multiple occasions against Occupy protesters in the last two months, first by NYPD officers in September. In late October, an Iraq war veteran at Occupy Oakland was injured after police fired a projectile at his head.
The pepper spray incident came the same day Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered the NYPD to clear protesters and their belongings out of Zuccotti Park in the wee hours of the morning. The activists’ fate in the park is still uncertain after the protesters’ court challenge failed to override the city’s actions.