Naomi Wolf Arrested During Occupy Wall Street Protest
Naomi Wolf, the feminist activist and author, was arrested outside the 2011 Huffington Post Game Changers Awards on Tuesday.
The awards ceremony was thrown by Huffington Post at New York’s Skylight Studios and held to honor New York state governor, Andrew Cuomo. Wolf, who is a HuffPost contributor, was one of many celebrities to attend the event.
About 50 protesters assembled outside the event to express their opposition towards Cuomo and his position on taxing the wealthy, TIME reports.
As Wolf was leaving, police officers were ordering the protesters to stay off the street. Wolf came to the protestors’ defense and told the officers that those gathered "didn't need a permit for a megaphone" and that they weren't actually blocking the path. She was led away in handcuffs and detained.
Wolf addressed the arrest and issued a statement on Facebook:
"The protesters were being told that they needed to leave the sidewalk outside of the Huffington Post event because 'Huffington Post had a permit' to control the use of the sidewalk. I have a chapter in Give Me Liberty on NYC [on] permits so I knew that could not be accurate. Sidewalks are public spaces and can't be leased by private entities. I asked for a copy of the permit," she wrote. "Some press reports say that I was arrested because I ignored police warnings to get off the sidewalk or that I was arrested for using a megaphone without a permit. Both of these are untrue. I told the protesters that the NYC permit requirement that states that using a megaphone is illegal."