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VFP/IVAW Protester Hurt At Occupy Oakland

From a secretly joyous Associated Press:

Iraq war vet injured during Oakland protests

By TERRY COLLINS – Associated Press
October 26, 2011

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A clash between Oakland police and Occupy Wall Street protesters left an Iraq War veteran hospitalized Wednesday after a projectile struck him in a conflict that came as tensions grew over demonstration encampments across the San Francisco Bay Area.

Scott Olsen, 24, suffered a fractured skull Tuesday in a march with other protesters toward City Hall, said Dottie Guy, of the Iraq Veterans Against the War. The demonstrators had been making an attempt to re-establish a presence in the area of a disbanded protesters’ camp when they were met by officers in riot gear.

What an arcane way of describing a bunch of professional protesters defying police instructions to clear the area. (See the video.)

It’s not known exactly what type of object struck Olsen or who might have thrown it, though Guy’s group said it was lodged by officers.

So we only have a member of the IVAW’s word on this.

Several small skirmishes had broken out in the night with police clearing the area by firing tear gas and protesters throwing rocks and bottles at them.

Police Chief Howard Jordan said at a late afternoon news conference that the events leading up to Olsen’s injury would be investigated as vigorously as a fatal police shooting.

Which means there will be future demonstrations – and hopefully, riots.

"It’s unfortunate it happened. I wish that it didn’t happen. Our goal, obviously, isn’t to cause injury to anyone," the chief said.

It is however the goal of the protesters, and the fondest wishes of the news media.

An Oakland hospital spokesman said Olsen, a network administrator in Daly City, was in critical condition Wednesday…

Of course the news media simply could not wait to report on some ‘innocent’ protester being hurt by the police. And now they have it. And it’s even better that the protester claims to be an Iraq War veteran. Consequently, the media are all over this like a duck on a June bug.

In actual fact the protester, Scott Olsen, seems to be a full time ‘anti-war’ activist. He is a member of both the Veterans For Peace (who, among other things, gave us Cindy Sheehan) and the Iraq Veterans Against The War. (Where his page has been removed from their website. The link is to a Google cached paged.)

The IVAW is the same group that promoted Jesse Macbeth, who claimed be an Army Ranger combat veteran who had witnessed atrocities in Iraq. In fact, Mr. Macbeth (born Al-Zaid) had not even completed basic training. The VFP also have a history of promoting veterans who turn out to be less than they claim. The IVAW have also promoted similar pretenders.

Of course we are not suggesting that Mr. Olson was not in the military or that he was not in Iraq. We just want to point out that these organizations will use anybody for their cannon fodder.

Also, it should also be noted that if you watch the videos of this incident you will notice that the news media outnumbered the protesters in the area under contention. And they were just as much at risk from these projectiles as anyone else. But our journalists are fearless in their efforts to get such an important story.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, October 27th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “VFP/IVAW Protester Hurt At Occupy Oakland”

  1. Astravogel says:

    It might have been Irish confetti…

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