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84 Year Old Woman Pepper Sprayed At Occupy Seattle Protest, Instantly Becomes Icon Of Movement

Elderly protester Dorli Rainey is being hailed as the “poster child of the Occupy Wall Street movement” after being shot in the face with pepper spray Tuesday night in downtown Seattle.

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer‘s Joshua Trujillo photographed Rainey who was caught in the crossfire. Trujillo’s camera was fully encapsulated in the slimy pepper spray:

Rainey, who was shown drenched in pepper spray, tears and a milky solution used to combat the spray, is a veteran activist for progressive causes and explained what happened to Seattle’s alt-weekly The Stranger:

Something funny happened on my way to a transportation meeting in Northgate. As I got off the bus at 3rd and Pine I heard helicopters above. Knowing that the problems of New York would certainly precipitate action by Occupy Seattle, I thought I better check it out. Especially since only yesterday the City Government made a grandiose gesture to protect free speech. Well free speech does have its limits as I found out as the cops shoved their bicycles into the crowd and simultaneously pepper sprayed the so captured protesters. If it had not been for my Hero (Iraq Vet Caleb) I would have been down on the ground and trampled. This is what democracy looks like. It certainly left an impression on the people who rode the No. 1 bus home with me. In the women’s movement there were signs which said: “Screw us and we multiply.”

Here is Trujillo’s stunning image, most likely a strong contender for a Pulitzer Prize:

(PHOTO CREDIT: Joshua Trujillo/Seattle Post-Intelligencer/AP)

Watch the chaos unfold below:

The Atlantic via Seattle P-I)

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