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Dorli Rainey, 84, the new face of the Occupy protests

The photograph turned Dorli Rainey into the face of the Occupy protests Wednesday after it went viral on the Internet.

Seattle activist Dorli Rainey, 84, reacts after being hit with pepper spray during an Occupy Seattle protest. (Joshua Trujillo/AP)

Keith Olbermann had Rainey on his Current TV show to talk about her experience. The longtime activist talks about her life, and her reason for being at the protest that night. “I’m retired,” she says. “I could sit around watching TV and eating bonbons. Somebody’s got to keep them awake and let them know what’s going on with this world.”

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn apologized to Rainey and said he would investigate the claims that the police used excessive force on peaceful protesters, the Seattle Times reported.

Rainey, who blogs under the name “Old Lady in Combat Boots,” talked to Olbermann about her activism through the years, starting when she lived under Goebbels. She speaks about her fears of a dwindling media, the Stop Online Piracy Act and politicians who don’t read bills because they are too “boring.”

Olbermann refers to her as “one of the punk kids on the street,” in the guise of a lovely grandmother. Watch:


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