Sunday, November 13, 2011

In Occupation News

Tensions were rising at anti-Wall Street protests in three western U.S. cities on Friday as demonstrators in Portland, Salt Lake City and Oakland defied orders by police to dismantle their camps.

In Portland, police said they had received reports that protesters were digging a reinforced hole and fashioning make-shift weapons out of wood and nails after Mayor Sam Adams gave them until midnight on Saturday to clear out of two downtown parks.

Police said they believed Occupy Portland organizers had also put out a call for reinforcements from Oakland, Seattle and San Francisco as they prepared for a confrontation.

“There may even be as many as 150 anarchists who will arrive soon,” Portland police said in a written statement.

“There is information that people may be in the trees during a police action and that there are people who are attempting to obtain a large number of gas masks,” the statement said.

Occupy Portland organizers, who say their encampment numbers between 500 and 800 people, denied that they were making weapons or recruiting anarchists for a pitched battle and insisted that they were a nonviolent movement.

  Raw Story

Which has to die. Therefore, the powers that be will paint them violent and infiltrate them to bring on a violent confrontation.

“Occupy Portland” has touted its highly-organized peaceful protest. The group has even won the praise of some city officials, including the mayor, and Members of Congress. But the open and inclusive nature of the demonstration has attracted some troubled individuals.

In recent weeks, there have been multiple drug overdoses and numerous arrests for drug offenses and other crimes.

  Raw Story

Which points up the existence of a sizeable homeless population of mentally disturbed, desperate, and addicted people who are bound to be absorbed into a larger population of people essentially living on the street and are now open prey.


A group of “Occupy Springfield” protesters attended the 7th District of Missouri Republican Assembly’s monthly meeting on Saturday to make their viewpoints known, according to KY3 News.

“Major corporations and very wealthy individuals have more influence on our political process than the average person does,” said Christopher Smith. “I would like to restore the level of fairness that I believe all of us really want to have in our system of government.”

The group did not disrupt the event, but Republican Rep. Todd Akins said some people felt the protesters had “[crashed] their party.”

  Raw Story

Their grand old party?

The “Occupy Springfield” protesters plan to attend meetings by Democrats as well because both parties pander to large corporations, they said.


Police arrested eight “Occupy Springfield” protesters after they refused to leave a vacant lot near the Springfield Expo Center on Friday.

One protester had a dollar bill taped to his forehead, which was taken by the jail. The cash was returned as a debit card requiring a fee to use.


....but hey, do what you will anyway.

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