United States police violence against Occupy Oakland


This video from the USA is called Marine vet wounded, tear gas & flash-bang grenades thrown in downtown Oakland at Occupy Oakland.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Hundreds arrested in Oakland protest

Sunday 29 January 2012

Dozen of riot police surrounded Oakland’s City Hall today after making about 300 arrests in the city in a bid to suppress the popular Occupy movement.

Over 2,000 social justice activists had assembled outside the hall on Saturday morning and marched peacefully through the streets – disrupting traffic as they headed to the vacant Henry Kaiser Convention Centre.

When some started tearing down perimeter fencing to turn the building into a protest centre, police fired smoke and tear gas at the crowd.

Some protesters pelted them with bottles and flares. Hundreds were hauled into custody.

Later some protesters managed to get into City Hall, where some burned flags and allegedly damaged a recycled art exhibit.

Police again fired tear gas, smoke grenades and bean bags at protesters.

The protests in the city were the most militant since Oakland police broke up an Occupy camp in November.

Hundreds of police clad in riot gear and wielding a variety of weapons attacked a procession of protestors in Oakland, California, on Saturday. It was the largest altercation between police and protestors in Oakland since the October 25 confrontation that left several wounded, including Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen: here.

Occupying Hawaii: Paradise Lost and Found. Michelle Fawcett, Truthout: “Ever since the Garden of Eden headlined the Torah, savvy marketers have realized that we all deeply desire a slice of paradise…. The natural splendor of Hawaii draws about seven million tourists a year as well as thousands of transplants, many wealthy, who relocate to the Pacific island chain for the relentlessly balmy weather. At the same time, the tropical Shangri-La barely conceals teeming tent cities, droves of poverty-wage workers and the legacy of the conquest of native Hawaiians”: here.

Occupy movement and police repression


This video from the USA is called Occupy Oakland January 28, 2012 – Police Brutality.

By Kevin Kearney and Jack Hood in the USA:

Oakland police shut down new Occupy encampment

30 December 2011

Oakland Police officers raided another occupy encampment Wednesday evening, after protestors had claimed the empty lot as a drug-and-alcohol-free “winter safe haven” for occupiers and the San Francisco Bay Area’s burgeoning homeless population.

The most recent attack on the occupy protestors is of a piece with efforts to suppress the protest movement since its inception.

US police attacks another Occupy veteran


This video from the USA is called Occupy Oakland – OPD critically injures 2nd Vet – Kayvan Sabehgi – Nov 3rd.

From Common Dreams in the USA:

Kayvan Sabehgi, 32, a former Army ranger who served two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, is in intensive care with a ruptured spleen after being beaten with batons by police while he was walking home from an Occupy Oakland protest. After being arrested, he was left in agonizing pain for 18 hours before getting medical help.

‘Occupy DC’ protesters hit by driver whom police let go: here.

Occupy Wall Street continues


Occupy Oakland demonstrators

USA: A one-day protest in Oakland, California on Wednesday that involved more than ten thousand people was followed by police action in the early morning hours of Thursday, including the use of tear gas and rubber bullets, followed by dozens of arrests: here.

Journalists, Including AlterNet Contributor, Jailed and Held in Oakland After Protests: here.

New York City: Dozens of Occupy Wall Street protesters going to trial for arrests: here.

The release of [the film] Margin Call—which fictionally (and rather scathingly) chronicles 24 hours in the life of a major Wall Street firm during the September 2008 financial crisis—in the midst of the Occupy Wall Street protests is a further indication of a change in global popular mood: here.

A new Brookings Institution report reveals that the population in extreme-poverty neighborhoods rose by one third in the US from 2000 to 2005-2009: here.

Number of poor reaches record high: here.

Occupy movement fights on


This video from the USA is called Hands Off Occupy Oakland-ILWU Calls For Labor Backing Of Occupation.

USA: Thousands of protesters participated in a day of marches and demonstrations in Oakland, California Wednesday, eight days after a violent attack by police on the Occupy Oakland encampment: here.

Police clashed violently with Occupy Oakland protesters in the early hours today, firing tear gas at activists who responded by throwing bottles and stones: here.

Lakota Tribes “Refuse to Cooperate” With Tar Sands Proponents. Jason Coppola, Truthout: “As people gather to protest the greed and corruption of Wall Street in downtown Manhattan and throughout the world, the territories of indigenous peoples and nations have been the front lines of this conflict for a long, long, time. Clayton Thomas-Muller, of the Pukatawagan Cree Nation, is an anti-tar sands campaigner with the Indigenous Environmental Network, and is responsible for coordinating an indigenous team which operates both in the United States and Canada supporting locally led tactics and strategies aimed at stopping the Canadian tar sands expansion and its encroachment into traditional and treaty territories of first nations in Alberta and British Columbia”: here.

The Top-10 Myths Vs. Facts About Keystone XL: here.

Report: Timothy Geithner Had Taxpayers Pick Up Full Risk for Wall Street Firms, When He Could Have Paid Out Much Less: here.

Half of 18-24 yr/olds live @ home. Wonder why? You shouldn’t: American Dream no longer applies for them: here.