The weather has been nice lately (today was around 70 degrees and sunny), a perfect day for a riot. SF Gate estimates that about a 1,000 Oakland Occupiers attempted to squat Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center. During a “peaceful march” they were deterred by police, and three officers suffered minor injuries. Oakland police called nearby agencies for reinforcement.
An obligatory child abuse bit:
Most marchers had no idea where they were going, because organizers kept secret the building they planned to seize. Some people brought their children. Many brought their dogs.
A movement with no leaders, you know. Although SF Gate’s implied that people who brought their kids to the mission didn’t anticipate violence, the photo above shows otherwise. This boy was given a makeshift shield. Unbelievably, one occupier cared to take an arty picture of him.
Here is what the adults are up to:
Speakers exhorted the crowd to fight economic inequality. The first speaker, Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, took perhaps the most pointed stance, urging the crowd to fight the rich.
“Passionate, organized hatred is the element missing in all that we do to try to change the world,” said Ortiz, a retired professor from Cal State East Bay. “Now is the time to spread hate, hatred for the rich.”
Judging by the SF Gate’s closing paragraph, the kids are getting tangled up in their hate and losing track of reality:
“The fact that everyone now talks about the 99 percent, the 1 percent – that shows Occupy’s won,” said Carter Lavin, 23, of San Francisco. “The debate was about debt, not jobs. Now it’s about jobs.”
Actually, “the debate” is not about jobs. “The debate” is about how if somebody is God forbid doing well, we need to raise his taxes. One might get some food-stamps out of this “debate”, but that’s not how jobs are created.
As of last week the #Occupy Oakland price tag added up to $3,000,000. That number includes the costs incurred by the city only and excludes any loses to business owners.
UPDATE: Mayor Jean Quan grows up, sort of:
“Occupy Oakland has got to stop using Oakland as its playground,” Mayor Jean Quan, who has come under criticism for the city’s handling of the Occupy movement, said at a late evening press conference.
“Once again, a violent splinter group of the Occupy movement is engaging in violent actions against Oakland,” she said, speaking as officers in riot gear were still lined up against demonstrators in downtown intersections.
Quan no longer panders to the Occupiers quite so shamelessly. She kind of sees them for what they are, “using Oakland as its playground”, but she continues to produce excuses for them. I doubt Occupy rioters can be called a “splinter group” in any meaningful way because I haven’t heard of a split within the movement. It’s more like #Occupy has a violent wing as well as followers who merely show up with signs. At this point Oakland Occupiers who themselves don’t attack police or property have to know that brutality is expected from their comrades. They are a part of a violent movement.
UPDATE 2: Mayor Quan puts #Occupy Oakland price tag at $5 mil.
Meantime, we thought last night’s KTVU channel 2 reporters didn’t have the Occupiers’ back. It might had something to do with Occupiers puncturing the tires of KTVU’s van.
UPDATE: Linked at marathonpundit — thanks!