Occupy Oakland protesters terrorized downtown Oakland on Friday, damaging "numerous banks" and smashing a large window at the Tribune Tower. Not surprisingly, the violence barely registered a blip in the mainstream media.
A local news story from InsideBayArea.com notes that in addition to vandalizing banks, the "protesters also shattered an 8-by-8-foot window pane at the landmark Tribune Tower." The "rally" was announced on a post titled, "Solidarity Means Attack," instructing "attendees" to meet at Oscar Grant Plaza.
Yet, shockingly, nobody was arrested.
How is America so twisted that a 7-year-old child who nibbled a Pop Tart into an "L" shape is suspended when the terrorist actions of Occupy "Protesters" have no repercussions? The violent anti-capitalist group even bragged about the damage they caused. On their website, an incredibly disturbing post reads in part:
At 9:00 PM, a small group of anarchists that numbered around two or three dozen took the streets, with black flags and banners that read "FIGHT B(A)CK" and "Anti-Capitalist Anti-Police." We marched south on Broadway, chanting "Anticapitalista," "No Justice No Peace F**k the Police," and "All Cops Are Bastards ACAB." ..."FTP" was written with impressively large font across a Chase bank, and some of it's windows were broken. Multiple ATMs along Franklin were vandalized, Oakland Tribune had some of it's windows shattered. Union Bank had it's front door smashed, Some windows on the Bank of California were broken. But this is an incomplete list of actions we're sure...We would like to thank the comrades who showed up, the NLG for lending us a legal observer. Much love and solidarity to everyone who demonstrates against the system, today or any day."
Hold up. The National Lawyer's Guild is a group of socialist lawyers that represent the Occupy Movement. Why would they "observe" damage done by these thugs?
Another "FTP" event is planned for April 5th. Also to begin at Oscar Grant Plaza, the Occupy Oakland website gives some completely ridiculous advice for the "rally". They say, "We are not encouraging anyone to attack any property whatsoever, but some property is more acceptable than others if you really must risk your freedom by doing something of that nature," which kind of sounds like, "Sure, do some damage." Some other advice includes:
- "PROPERTY THAT IS FAIR GAME IF YOU ARE SO INCLINED - police vehicles and equipment. The police are not our friends, never have been, and never will be."
- "FIRE CAN BE FUN - if you want to burn a usa flag in the street (that isn't somebody's car) then more power to you. If someone is burning a flag in the street then DO NOT INTERFERE."
- "NO INTERFERING IN OTHER PEOPLE'S ACTIONS EVEN IF YOU DO NOT PERSONALLY AGREE WITH THEM. Do not yell stop. Do not grab your comrades. If you feel unsafe, move away...But in the face of the enemy WE SHOW FULL SOLIDARITY. Afterwards we can argue about stuff. Not during the action."
This unreported but newsworthy event is reminiscent of much of the violence associated with the Occupy movement. On April 30, 2012, for example, about 100 people representing the violent "Black Bloc" defaced property, smashed windows, vandalized vehicles and basically destroyed everything in their path in the Mission District in San Francisco. They even brazenly posted videos of themselves causing the destruction online, where one can hear them scream, "F**k the Police" and "Occupy will not be stopped, especially by some f**king cop!" and "What do we want? Dead Cops!" As far as this author knows, there have been no arrests as a result of the destruction in that case, either.
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