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An 84-year-old woman in Seattle became a face of the national Occupy Wall Street movement after she was hit with pepper spray during a Seattle march.
A photo of Dorli Rainey with the chemical irritant dripping from her chin on Tuesday night quickly went viral, becoming one of the most striking images from the protests that have taken place in cities across the globe.
The photograph shows Ms Rainey, wearing a scarf and jacket, being helped by two people. One man is cradling her head in his arms as they walk away from the area. The Seattle activists were blocking downtown streets. Ms Rainey said police told the group they had to move.
“They picked up their bicycles and started shoving them at us and confining us in a very small place and they started to pepper spray,” she said.
The former schoolteacher has been active in Seattle’s liberal politics for decades and once ran for mayor. She says on Wednesday that she showed up at the downtown protest to show her support…
…Six people were arrested.
Ms Rainey was not among those arrested. She says she has no plans to stop protesting, adding “I’m tough.”
Good for you, sister.
If I had a photo of the “heroic” copper who hit you with the pepper spray, I’d post that, as well.