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Cops Turn Peaceful Oakland Protest To Chaos

From an utterly shameless Associated Press:

Peaceful Occupy protests degenerate into chaos

November 3, 2011

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A peaceful protest that shut down the Port of Oakland to show the broadening reach of the Occupy Wall Street movement ended in violence when police in riot gear arrested dozens of protesters overnight who broke into a vacant building, shattered downtown windows, sprayed graffiti and set blazes along the way.

You see? According to the AP this was a peaceful protest until those evil policemen started arresting people.

At least four protesters were hospitalized Thursday with various injuries, including one needing stitches after fighting with an officer, police said. Several officers were also injured but didn’t need hospitalization.

Clearly, the police used unnecessary force. They acted stupidly. The Mayor Oakland, Jean Quan, will be chastising them again, any moment now.

"We go from having a peaceful movement to now just chaos," protester Monique Agnew, 40, said early Thursday.

Protesters also threw concrete chunks, metal pipes, lit roman candles and molotov [sic] cocktails, police said

But they were doing so peacefully. Their hearts were in the right place.

Several thousands of people converged on the Port of Oakland, the nation’s fifth-busiest harbor, in a nearly five-hour protest Wednesday, swarming the area and blocking exits and streets with illegally parked vehicles and hastily erected, chain-link fences afterward. Port spokesman Isaac Kos-Read said evening operations had been "effectively shut down."

How wonderful. And peaceful. And what a boon for our economy.

Organizers in Oakland viewed the strike and port shutdown as a significant victory. Police said that about 7,000 people participated in demonstrations throughout the day that were peaceful except for a few incidents of vandalism at local banks and businesses…

Boots Riley, a protest organizer, touted the day as a success, saying "we put together an ideological principle that the mainstream media wouldn’t talk about two months ago."

Mindless destruction? It’s not really much a of an ideological principle.

By the way, Boots Riley is the son of radical community organizers from Chicago. He is a rapper who encourages murder and mayhem in the name of social justice. His debut album was entitled, ‘Kill My Landlord.’  (No, Eddie Murphy didn’t make that up.)

His comments came before a group of protesters broke into the former Travelers Aid building in order to, as some shouting protesters put it, "reclaim the building for the people."

The Travelers Aid Society was founded in 1851. It is staffed by volunteers who protect stranded travelers, especially women and children, from others who would use, abuse, or victimize them.

But the peace that abided throughout a sunny warm autumn Wednesday, as protesters hung a large black banner downtown that read: "DEATH TO CAPITALISM," did not last as a cool midnight approached.

Occupy protesters voicing anger over a budget trim that forced the closure of a homeless aid program converged on the empty building where it had been housed just outside of downtown.

City officials later released a statement describing the spasm of unrest.

"Oakland Police responded to a late night call that protesters had broken into and occupied a downtown building and set several simultaneous fires," the statement read. "The protesters began hurling rocks, explosives, bottles, and flaming objects at responding officers."

So they intended to burn down this homeless shelter as a means of protest?

How peaceful. How principled.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, November 3rd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Cops Turn Peaceful Oakland Protest To Chaos”

  1. Astravogel says:

    Ah, the scene in Dr. Zhivago when the peaceful
    demonstrators meet the Czar’s cavalry…
    Don’t they have horses in California?

  2. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    Is there an Occupy D.C.? If not, why not. I can’t imagine a more homogenous group of the 1% than congress.

  3. tranquil.night says:

    Mapping the Occupy Hate and Violence (h/t BigGovernment)

  4. jobeth says:

    Death to Capitalism?

    So no one buys or sells…or God forbid work.

    No one pays taxes at all, except the handfull of “rich’ guys.

    So where is all the money coming from to provide all the many things these numbskulls are demanding?

    “Hey!!! I know! Gib’em summa’ dat’ Obama cash…He gotta’ stash!”

  5. Anonymoose says:

    I really want some of the liberals to justify this to me:

    Tea Party

    Revolts: Against the course of the government.

    Protests: Peaceful. They form a separate political party, get people elected, and try to change the system from within.

    Portrayed by the media as: Crazy, racists, idiots, stupid, out of touch with reality, puppets of the Koch brothers, on and on and on.

    Occupy Movements

    Revolts: Against capitalism, people with money, gasoline, eating red meat, incandescent light bulbs, private property, what have you.

    Protests: Occupy public property and live in shanty town conditions. Beat drums and dance, collect money from passers by. Sometimes destructive of private property, refuses to leave when ordered. Makes sure they have plenty of photos taken of arrests—as long it’s from protesting and not something else.

    Portrayed by the media as: Grassroots heroes truly making a difference.

    Go Figure.

  6. sticks says:

    The rabble always turns violent eventually, they are being egged on by those who use them to accomplish their political goals. This is really an old play, use the raging brainless mob to create the conditions necessary to over throw the government and install a brutal totolitarian regime, its been working all over the middle east, it worked for Mao, Lenin and Hitler. The liberals in America are jealous.

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