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”.