At UC Davis today, police pepper-sprayed a group of students who were doing nothing more than sitting peacefully on the ground. At the beginning of the video, you watch the officer walk up, pull out the big red canister of spray, and aim it directly at the faces of a group of people sitting passively on the sidewalk, walking back and forth as he sprays, making sure to get everyone in the group. After which, the cops begin pulling people away and arresting them.
However by the end the tables have turned somewhat. The crowd gathered is chanting “shame on you” in unison, so vehemently and so outnumbering and surrounding the couple dozen cops, that they pull together and retreat, backing slowly away from the advancing crowd of students, pellet guns held tensely at the ready until, with the crowd shouting “you can go!” at them, they finally turn around and leave.
Ten people were arrested.
So there was this shooting that took place near the Occupy Oakland encampment tonight. Unrelated to Occupy. The only tenuous connection was that the victim *may* have been trying to hide from pursuers by hiding in the encampment - but that’s not for sure from what I’ve heard. Oakland PD has said neither the shooter nor the victim were involved with Occupy. This had nothing to do with Occupy.
But the mayor and at least one city council member are using it to call on Occupy to disband voluntarily.
“Whether this incident is related to the encampment, or is an unrelated act, it is unacceptable,” Quan said. “Tonight’s incident underscores the reason why the encampment must end. I am calling on campers to leave voluntarily.”
…?!?! “So this bad thing happened near y’all, and I don’t care if it was related, but it’s a bad thing, therefore you need to leave.” How the fuck does that even make sense? (The city council member’s remarks are in the linked article, and are worse; they involve the phrase “by any means necessary”, and we all know what that means.)
Ugh. Fuck Mayor Quan. Fuck Oakland city government. Don’t try to jump on an unrelated incident and use it against Occupy. What the fuck is that shit.
At Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan, some homeless have integrated themselves into Occupy Wall Street, protesters said. But others, they said, appeared to be opportunists looking for free food and clothes, and were often disruptive.
Hero Vincent, 21, said that he was a member of a security team that roamed the park and has several times broken up disputes involving people who appeared to be homeless. “It’s bad for most of us who came here to build a movement,” he said. “We didn’t come here to start a recovery institution.”
WHAT THE FUCK
why hello the exact reason why I left
this sort of classism is extremely fucking pervasive at OWS. not just one dude runnin’ his mouth this is the general opinion.
Ewww (and not especially shocked by this, either >.< oppressive people are predictable.)
I guess the 99% is more exclusive than we thought.
Source: The New York Times