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October 27, 2011

#Occupy Oakland Eviction-Related Gossip

Filed under: Bay Area politics, society — Tags: , , , , — edge of the sandbox @ 11:49 am

Although I’m generally opposed to removing #Occupy protesters, I don’t want them in my own backyard.  I’m happy to see the revolution taking place right in the heart of Manhattan where it is extensively documented by the snarky NY Post, blogged, tweeted and recorded on i-everything.  Let them boil in their own juice, get progressively crazier only to be torn apart by bickering and bail out once it gets cold.

I was a bit concerned about #Occupy Oakland marching around Lake Merritt because, like many other parents, we’ve made plans to take our kids there Halloween weekend.  I was a bit relieved when Oakland police evicted the occupiers (see Zombie’s report and the Hot Air story).  But now Oakland’ ultra-lame mayor Jean Quan decided to let them back in, claiming that she wasn’t notified about the protestors’ removal from space no longer available to the general public. Evidently she doesn’t read papers or watched TV.

I hear while the removal was going on, middle-age punks with solid counterculture credentials that were hanging out at a trendy Oakland beer bar were most displeased with #Occupy Oakland.  Some commentators suggest ideology played no role in it; they were upset because they were inconvenienced.  Oakland hipster bars are situated near 14th and Broadway where the confrontation with police took place.  So said middle-age punks had nowhere to go once the beer bar closed at 10 pm.  I say they are right to be upset about the theft of public space.

Some punks got gassed early in the night.  Not because they were part of the protest, but because they happened to eat dinner in the area, and when they walked out of the restaurant, the air was saturated with tear gas.  They blamed #Occupy.  Not to say they were enamored by the OPD, but, nonetheless, they had nothing good to say about the far left movement.

Sounding dangerously close to a libertarian, one punk railed against ethanol subsidies.  I’m sure he’s still a good statist, he just thinks that the government should give money to him, not to Big Agriculture that burns food.

Apparently the dislike is mutual because, according to Zombie’s report, #Occupy Oakland had a caricature of a punk who “goes home and showers every day… and runs away when the cops come”.  Considering this display of bickering, it is no wonder that in this radical city #Occupy couldn’t organize more than a few hundred people.

Then again, perhaps they wanted to keep the crowd small but violent.  I’m sure there was a few peaceful people in the mix, but here is a video of the #Occupy mob surrounding a handful of cops and throwing objects at them, via Zombie:

If mayor Quan wasn’t going to stick with her decision to remove the protesters, why was she putting the policemen in harm’s way?  Mayor Quan’s policy toward #Occupy is not that different from Obama’s foreign “policy”.



  1. Apprently the Mayor has to play nice with her voters.

    Comment by Conservatives on Fire — October 27, 2011 @ 2:00 pm

  2. Here in NYC the progressive idiots are promoting “tolerance” and OWS’s right to protest. ONly they aren’t protesting. They are sleeping and defecating on doorsteps.

    I say construct a fence around the park and don’t let them out.

    Comment by Infidel de Manahatta — October 27, 2011 @ 5:15 pm

  3. I still cant believe they are given permission…………………

    Comment by Angel — October 27, 2011 @ 7:46 pm

  4. I heard the Oakland city council is now backing away from evictions.

    The spoiled brats might get their way which will give them more false courage.

    Comment by Harrison — October 27, 2011 @ 8:34 pm

  5. Conservatives on Fire,
    She might be misreading pubic sentiment because all she has to go by is her facebook page. Even if she doesn’t, are they going to respect her?

    They want to steal private property, they stole public space.

    I can’t believe it myself. If you are going to evict them, make the decision and stick to it.

    Exactly. All she’s doing is encouraging them. They posted a few messages on FB, and now they think they won.

    Comment by edge of the sandbox — October 27, 2011 @ 9:09 pm

    • This is the time for Oakland to double down and get stricter with them. Were they to do that, the problem would be gone after a few weeks.

      In NYC they can stall for time… like the Russians did in WWII… the Winter will take care of the OWS people like it did the Germans (and Napoleon before them) in Russia.

      Comment by Harrison — October 27, 2011 @ 11:05 pm

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