According to and article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune (November 3, 2011) written by Associated Press writers Garance Burke, Marcus Wohlsen and Beth Duff-Brown, “A day of demonstrations in Oakland that began as a significant step toward expanding the political and economic influence of the Occupy Wall Street movement, ended with police in riot gear arresting dozens of protesters who had marched through downtown to break into a vacant building, shattering windows, spraying graffiti and setting fires along the way. ‘We go from having a peaceful movement to now just chaos,’ said protester Monique Agnew, 40.
“About 3,000 people converged on the Port of Oakland, the nation’s fifth-busiest harbor, in a nearly five-hour protest Wednesday, swarming the area and blocking exits and streets with illegally parked vehicles and hastily-erected, chain-link fences. Port officials said they were forced to cease maritime operations, citing concerns for workers’ safety. They said in a statement they hope to resume operations Thursday ‘and that Port workers will be allowed to get to their jobs without incident. Continued missed shifts represent economic hardship for maritime workers, truckers, and their families, as well as lost jobs and lost tax revenue for our region.’
“Organizers in Oakland had viewed the day as a significant victory. Police said that about 7,000 people participated in demonstrations throughout the day that were peaceful except for a few incidents of vandalism. One of the protest leaders, Boots Riley, touted the day as a success.”
Boots? Apparently either he or his parents are morons.
“Boots’ comments came before a group of demonstrators moved to break into the Travelers Aid building in order to, as some shouting protesters put it, ‘reclaim the building for the people.’
“(Boots) Riley, whose anti-capitalist views are well-documented, considered the port shut down particularly significant for organizers who targeted it in an effort to stop the ‘flow of capital.’
“Occupy protesters voicing anger over a budget trim that forced the closure of a homeless aid program converged on the empty building where it had been housed. They blocked off city streets with Dumpsters and other large trash bins, starting bonfires that leapt 15-feet in the air.
“Oakland Police responded to a late night call that protesters had broken into and occupied a downtown building and set several simultaneous fires. The protesters hurled rocks, explosives, bottles, and flaming objects at responding officers. Several private and municipal buildings sustained heavy vandalism. Dozens of protesters wielding shields were surrounded and arrested. Protesters reported running from several rounds of tear gas and bright flashes and deafening pops that some thought were caused by “flash bang” grenades. Fire crews arrived and suppressed the flames.”
Once again, we see that Occupy Wall Street is NOT a peaceful movement. It is anarchy. It is anti-America. It is a bunch of spoiled brats who are afraid to go out and work at a fast food restaurant for a year, build a resume, and get a life. It is a bunch of spoiled brats who are afraid to join the military and support their country. (By the way, I am very disappointed that a few military veterans have joined the “cause”. The cause of vets is not the cause of these spoiled brats. Vets have their own cause and that cause deserves to be heard. But it won’t be heard this way.)
Remember, this “Occupy Wall Street protest” is in no way similar to the Tea Party movement. The former is a bunch of spoiled, whiney children. The Tea Party is a movement that is respectful, has a real purpose, and is motivated to change America in a positive way. The Tea Party is the exact opposite of what we are seeing from the Occupy Wall Street morons.