The human excrement parade was back on display this weekend in the People’s Republic of California and in the Big Apple. Occupy Oakland protesters descended upon City Hall for a two-day clash that was highlighted by several hundred arrests on Saturday. As reported by the Los Angeles Times Sunday:
Dozens of police maintained a late-night guard around City Hall in Oakland, California, following daylong protests that resulted in 300 arrests. Earlier, Occupy Oakland demonstrators broke into the historic building and burned a U.S. flag, and officers earlier fired tear gas to disperse people throwing rocks and tearing down fencing at a convention center.
Saturday’s protests — the most turbulent since Oakland police forcefully dismantled an Occupy encampment in November — came just days after the group said it planned to use a vacant building as a social center and political hub and threatened to try to shut down the port, occupy the airport and take over City Hall.
Just when you thought the Occupy headlines had been shuffled to the background in favor of the GOP primary race – the bearded, bandana-clad reprobates are back on the scene with the first signs of serious tumult in 2012. Responding to the Oakland arrests, several hundred protesters “marched” in New York City on Sunday:
The protesters gathered at Washington Square Park before taking to the streets, closely tracked by NYPD officers. There were scattered arrests as police moved in on marchers, who appeared to be blocking traffic or disobeying police directives.
Things have been relatively quiet on the OWS front since January 23 when the group’s lawyers gave up on trying to get the “overnight encampment ban” lifted at Zuccotti Park. Attempts were made to “occupy” a new space in New York on Sunday – this time, Washington Square Park – but the protesters were unsuccessful. The NYPD and law enforcement across the country have done a tremendous job of curtailing the movement and hopefully the London police are taking notes.
Despite the heroic efforts of our police, this movement isn’t going anywhere. If any of you were expecting last year’s confrontations to become a distant memory, I’m afraid that was wishful thinking. Most of the media focus will be on the elections and politics, but this movement is far from dead and as long as Barack Obama is still inhabiting the White House, they will have a reason to try and push the envelope. His administration and his party support this movement 110%. Don’t for one second believe otherwise. Obama and his minions are not innocent, sympathizing bystanders. This movement was created by the White House, Democrats and their allies specifically in anticipation of Mitt Romney receiving the GOP nomination. Obama and his camp want to run against Romney. Make no mistake. Not only will they rake him over the coals with regard to RomneyCare, but he will also be labeled as the “Wall Street candidate” – “Mr. Bain Capital”. If he gets the nomination, this will happen. Obama – the man who received more Wall Street donations than any other candidate in 2008 – will try to paint Romney as being no better than the people who “caused the recession.”
There’s no doubt that the greater OWS movement will be creating problems leading up to the Republican convention and beyond. I wouldn’t be surprised to see unrest in Tampa similar to what occurred in 1968 at the Democrat nominating convention in Chicago – or worse. By the way, AdBusters is calling for 1968-style riots at the Chicago G8 summit in May of this year – no doubt as a precursor.
On a side note, this short response was posted on occupywallstreet.org Sunday night:
As of 8pm EST, actions are currently happening or planned in response to extreme police violence used against Occupy Oakland yesterday in New York City, Boston, Toronto, Vancouver, Melbourne, Oslo, Philadelphia, DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Portland, Tampa, Indianapolis, New Haven, Orlando, Jackson, Des Moines, Hollywood, Baltimore, Portland ME, Tulsa, Denver, St. Louis, Eugene, Nashville, and Detroit. We have also received word that the Bank of Ideas in London is being raided!
According to their website, The Bank of Ideas ”is situated on Sun Street, Hackney in an abandoned office block purchased several years ago by the bank UBS. It is an enormous space complete with a 500-seat lecture hall:
It has been opened to the public for the non-monetary trade of ideas to help solve the pressing economic, social and environmental problems of our time. There is also room for community groups and other public services that have lost their space due to Government spending cuts to come and adopt a space for free. Artists, performers and creatives are welcome to come entertain and to help transform the space. We also encourage games, workshops and skillshares on anything from yoga to yahtzee. The only prerequisite is that this space is not for financial transactions. Trade in ideas or skills, but no one should need to pay to take part in the Bank’s activities. Everyone should feel safe and welcome in the Bank. Our Safer Spaces Policy asks people to be mindful and respectful of how their ideas or actions might effect others, and there is a No Drugs and Alcohol Policy. As this is a public space any damage or disrespect to the property would be an act of disrespect and violence towards your own community, a community trying to come together to find positive solutions to our current crises. We ask all people who come into the space to come in with respect. Everyone is warmly welcome and encouraged to come and be part of creating the Bank of Ideas.
The Occupy movement is alive and well here at home and abroad. The movement is very disorganized and laced with a hardy dose of useful idiots, but it should not be underestimated or taken for granted. Marxists, socialists, anarchists and other dissidents are serious about trying to bring about change through unrest and other forms of radicalism. As we narrow down our field of Republican candidates through democratic processes and nominate a candidate in August, don’t forget that much larger things are also at play and we need to be paying serious attention to what’s happening in the streets.