Sunday, January 29, 2012
Repression Against Occupy Movement Continues
Watch this video that ends with firey explosions, loud bangs, military-looking cops and running protesters. Yemen? Syria? Egypt? Greece? Nope. Oakland, California, on Saturday. Several hundred people have been arrested.
There's a great account of what happened on Kasama: "For their first attempt at a kettle, the cops charged the group with police lines from the front and back. They ran towards us aggressively. Us being 1000+ peaceful marching protesters. The group was forced to move up a side street. The police moved quickly to surround the entire area; they formed a line on every street that the side street connected to. Police state status: very efficient. They kettled almost the entire protest in the park near the Fox theater. AFTERWARDS, as in after they surrounded everyone, they declared it to be an unlawful assembly BUT OFFERED NO EXIT ROUTE. Gas was used, could of been tear or smoke gas. The crowd then broke down a fence that was on one side of the kettle, and 1000 people ran across a field escaping a police kettle and embarrassing the entire police force. It was literally a massive jailbreak from a kettle. The group re-took Telegraph ave. and left the police way behind." Read the whole account.
I'm writing this while watching a livestream of a tense Sunday night solidarity march in New York's East Village that is being occasionally harassed by NYC cops.
It's amazing how the internet and social media has helped keep everything immediate and visible. The whole world is watching this unfold...we can see exactly what the forces of repression are up to.