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Forum Post: WSWS: Thousands march in Oakland to defend Occupy movement

Posted 8 years ago on Nov. 3, 2011, 2:25 p.m. EST by SandyEnglish (60)
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Thousands march in Oakland to defend Occupy movement

Thousands of protesters participated in a day of marches and demonstrations in Oakland, California Wednesday. The actions were held eight days after a violent attack by police on the Occupy Oakland movement resulted in more than 100 arrests and the near-fatal wounding of a young Iraq War veteran, Scott Olsen.

Olsen, 24, suffered a skull fracture when police fired a “non-lethal projectile” directly at his head during peaceful protests on October 25. He remains hospitalized in fair condition, according to friends.

Those participating in the protests Wednesday expressed deep outrage over the attack on freedom of speech and other democratic rights, as well as the enormous inequality that has animated the Occupy movement as a whole.

Claire, from San Francisco, told the WSWS that the police attack was “horrific.” She added, “We have the right to protest. We go into other countries and tell them to rise up, and when we do it here, we get shut down. I don’t want my kids to grow up in this ‘democracy.’”

Trixie, from Piedmont, said, “I wasn’t coming down here until I saw the attack; then I had to come. I’ve always wanted this movement to happen, and I had to come and be counted. Our government is hypocritically criticizing other government crackdowns and then doing it here.”

Referring to the 1932 attack on the Bonus Marchers during the Great Depression, she added, “It reminded me of when Eisenhower and MacArthur ordered troops to attack veterans before WWII. They killed people—they will kill to get their way.”




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[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 8 years ago

MattLHolck 0 points 1 hour ago

I heard about on the BBC

US Occupy protesters clash with police at Oakland port

Protests have continued throughout the night in Oakland, California, as police clashed with demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street group.

Police fired tear gas as a group within the protesters lit a fire and threw stones and bottles at officers.

The late-night clashes followed a day of action against "corporate greed", which saw a mass protest march in central Oakland.

Protesters shut down the city's port, one of the busiest in the US.

Around 30 people were reportedly arrested in the early hours of Thursday, and at least four protesters were brought to hospital.

Protests on Wednesday were largely peaceful until around midnight local time (07:00 GMT), when some of the protesters reportedly lit a barricade on fire.

Afterwards, police fired tear gas and "flash bang" grenades near the


Levels 1 points 57 minutes ago

I wasn't there so who knows but it only would take a couple provocateurs to go in and light some shit on fire to discredit the protest. The protestors have been very peaceful so far. But it is Oakland.

MattLHolck 1 points 54 minutes ago

people should not be lighting stuff on fire

but that did not stop the movement or the message

TechJunkie (Miami Beach, FL) 1 points 39 minutes ago

What message?!? Was shutting down the port supposed to send an anti-globalization message to somebody? Or was it just about creating a disturbance for attention and for fun? "Anarchism", in other words.

MattLHolck 1 points 38 minutes ago

it did

TechJunkie (Miami Beach, FL) 1 points 35 minutes ago

Okay well then when did the Occupy movement become an anti-globalization movement? Last night?

MattLHolck 1 points 31 minutes ago

pretty much since the beginning


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