“U.S. VET INJURED IN OAKLAND POLICE ACTION” is a headline that gets your attention.
Scott Olsen at Occupy Oakland
Scott Olsen is a 24 year old Iraq war veteran. He suffered a fractured skull while participating in the Occupy Oakland protest and was listed in critical condition at the Highland Hospital in Oakland, California.
“It’s unconscionable that you go overseas to protect our country, but you get injured by police officers who are supposed to be protecting us,”
I guess it all depends on what the meaning of “us” is. The police were not there to protect the protestors from the citizens of Oakland; they were there to protect law abiding citizens from the law breaking protesters. Olsen’s injuries are regrettable; so is the implication of police brutality in the headline. But it was Olsen’s own choice to put himself in harms way.
It could be argued whether or not the use of tear gas was necessary to stop a crowd that was getting out of control. Perhaps it was. A video you can see here shows the ensuing mayhem in which Olsen sustained his injury. It appears, as NBC reports, that Olsen was hit by something thrown or propelled in the air. There were no policemen anywhere within striking distance of the incident when it happened.
A primary purpose on the part of the organizers of protest demonstrations is to shape public opinion. Unfortunately, many voters don’t read much past the headlines. For them the incident will go down as police brutality which it clearly was not.
Occupy Chicago is looking like Occupy Lite. A majority of the Chicago protesters appear to be people who have done an honest days work. No serious mob behavior here. Chicago being Chicago, whooda thunk? Nurses are in the fore and the signs actually relate to their complaints. The movement’s various factions certainly are diverse.
Then there is Occupy Oakland where it has already gone violent. The video needs no words.
The Occupations know no limit. Occupies and occupiers are everywhere. How about this one? Occupy Everything. The “About” message put forth by this group on their website explains why it would be a better world if they could only occupy everything.:
Occupy Everything is an anti-capitalist initiative—established in 2009—dedicated to militant research, critical pedagogy and public practices that include mediatic intervention, feminism and the anti-enclosure movement. OE is collectively-operated and dedicated to building an open access culture of resistance. Please send your contributions to…
I could support the mediatic intervention in their agenda but I am diametrically opposed to the pedagogy and pubic practices espoused by this particular occupation faction. And I’m more or less unanimous about that.
So there you have it. From the sublime to the ridiculous, you can choose your group. You can march to overthrow the government and end the free market system or march just to plead for a job. You can even donate to a scam artist. Be careful. It can be dangerous out there.