|A victim of police violence|
Several blogs I follow have emphasized this operation. Yesterday Ah, Mephistopheles! reported of a huge crowd of riot police slipping under the shadows of the night through the Californian city (look at the video and count them please: they may well be many hundreds or even a thousand). Later they were at Snow Park besieging the tent camp.
Earlier in the day the Occupy Oakland crowd had shut down for a while the Chase Bank and occupied the streets with large demos.
The whole strength of the police violence is captured by videos at Jews sans frontieres and Washington's Blog: tear gas and rubber bullets were shot at the protesters without any safety consideration, right to the face.
|An injured demonstrator is helped|
Follow the links in text for videos.
One person, Scott Olsen (pictured), is struggling for his life in comma after being hit on the head by a police projectile (gas cannister it seems) and then thrown a stun grenade on him and the people helping him.
- Occupy Together: Occupy Oakland will continue to stand (videos and photos)
- Occupy Wall Street: We are all Scott Olsen #OWS (video of when Olsen was injured and photo)
- Al Jazeera (story, photo-gallery and one video)
Follows the video of when Olsen was hit: people tried to help him and one policeman shot
a stun grenade into the small crowd of people trying to help:
Some more videos are available at Protestation.org from the mainstream media, who are trying to blame demonstrators: ABC News, CBS 5.
Update (Oct 27): General Strike called via Twitter
According to Washington's Blog, the Occupy movement has called for a General Strike next Wednesday Nov 2nd. There is debate about calling for a Worldwide general strike for next year. See at Twitter.
(Honestly I have my reservations, it looks leftist in the Leninist sense of the word: unready. But we have seen many unexpected things this year out of raw enthusiasm and spontaneous organization so, well, it may work after all - but it can also fail and show some of the limits of the movement at this stage. Of course, I hope it works: right-wing Communism, if such must be said of the USSR and such, has already failed catastrophically, so maybe leftism can work after all).
Some more links: Daily Kos (videos, photos, live stream),The Bay Citizen (Oakland Mayor Kuan changes course on Occupy Oakland).
|Californian rubber bullets are much smaller caliber than those used here in Europe|
Also: Occupy Oakland.
|Popular Assembly which called for General Strike|