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    Occupy Oakland protesters remove barricade at port entrance

    After a night of confrontations with police and dozens of arrests in downtown Oakland, Occupy protesters temporarily blocked an entrance at the Port of Oakland this morning, attempting to prevent trucks from entering.The scene was tense earlier at the port entrance at Adeline and 3rd streets, where truckers faced off with about a dozen protesters who erected a chain-link fence across four lanes of traffic and reinforced it with Dumpsters to keep truckers and port employees out.

    The fences were taken down about 9 a.m. by protesters, who said they were going to other entrances at the port to picket.

    At one point while the barricade was up, one driver ran through it and said he would run down the protesters. In response, a female protester yelled "You are trying to hurt us over your job? For money? Really?"
    Another driver got out of his truck and confronted the protesters. One of the female protesters told him, "Don't touch me or I'm going to call the police."

    Meanwhile, city crews set about cleaning up the city's beleaguered downtown early Thursday, where graffiti and debris cover almost every surface near the corner of 14th and Broadway.
    Downtown was the scene of melees, when dozens were arrested after night fell on Wednesday's mostly peaceful general strike.

    Late in the evening, protesters temporarily took over a vacant building on 16th Street, started fires and used homemade bomb launchers to fire M80s at police. The action continued until 3 a.m. as police and protesters played cat-and-mouse between the concussive booms of flashbang grenades, arcs of tear-gas canisters and smoke from the protesters' fires.

    Both sides settled into an uneasy truce by 3:30 a.m., with a line of police facing off against a line of protesters near Frank G. Ogawa Plaza in front of City Hall, until protesters began to file away in clumps.
    Occupy Oakland protesters remove barricade at port entrance - San Jose Mercury News

    Of course, this in no way addresses OWS' complaints about "corporate greed" or wealth inequality or any of the other slogans some of its supporters want to believe OWS is about. The city of Oakland and its ordinary citizens will have to pay the cost of this mindless rampage, but the banks, the corporations and national politicians remain untouched by it. Today, the poor in Oakland are not growing poorer because the rich are growing richer, they are growing poorer because they have to pay the cost of these OWS temper tantrums.

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    Re: Occupy Oakland protesters remove barricade at port entrance

    The city of Oakland and its ordinary citizens
    The people demonstrating are "ordinary citizens".
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    Re: Occupy Oakland protesters remove barricade at port entrance

    Quote Originally Posted by Khayembii Communique View Post
    The people demonstrating are "ordinary citizens".
    I think "ordinary citizens" would avoid blockading the work route of truckers and dock workers trying to earn their livings, isntead of lousing around and destroying public property in "peaceful protest" against things completely unrelated to the "middle class" workers they're targeting.
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    Re: Occupy Oakland protesters remove barricade at port entrance

    Quote Originally Posted by Khayembii Communique View Post
    The people demonstrating are "ordinary citizens".
    A few may be, but earlier reports indicated that thousands of people who do not live in Oakland arrived to join the mob that is draining the city's treasury. The banks, corporations and politicians were not touched by this mindless rampage, and if you look at the media coverage, it is clear that OWS is no longer about any of the slogans previously ascribed to them but only about how much havoc it can cause and how much damage it can do to the lives of ordinary citizens and the places where they live.

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    Is not part of the far right strategy to weaken the government a policy of "bleeding the beast"? I would think that every self respecting right wing whacko in the land would be 100% behind the OWS efforts as a way to bankrupt governments everywhere.

    I wonder why they are not?
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    It's unfortunate that riots and disrupting daily life are the only options left to cause meaningful change. Will I be out there taking part? No, my protest days are behind me, but instead of thinking how horrible the protests are I think how regrettable it is that it has come to this. Riots are the last recourse of the people.
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    Re: Occupy Oakland protesters remove barricade at port entrance

    Quote Originally Posted by nijato View Post
    It's unfortunate that riots and disrupting daily life are the only options left to cause meaningful change. Will I be out there taking part? No, my protest days are behind me, but instead of thinking how horrible the protests are I think how regrettable it is that it has come to this. Riots are the last recourse of the people.
    OWS is today what it always was, a temper tantrum by angry confused people. While some people may still share their anger about "corporate greed" and the inequality of wealth, it is clear that OWS does not represent an agenda for change and never did.

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    Re: Occupy Oakland protesters remove barricade at port entrance

    Quote Originally Posted by toomuchtime_ View Post
    OWS is today what it always was, a temper tantrum by angry confused people. While some people may still share their anger about "corporate greed" and the inequality of wealth, it is clear that OWS does not represent an agenda for change and never did.
    When peoples' votes no longer matter, then rioting becomes the last resort of the people.
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    Re: Occupy Oakland protesters remove barricade at port entrance

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    I think "ordinary citizens" would avoid blockading the work route of truckers and dock workers trying to earn their livings, isntead of lousing around and destroying public property in "peaceful protest" against things completely unrelated to the "middle class" workers they're targeting.
    Agreed, especially in light of this comment...

    One of the female protesters told him, "Don't touch me or I'm going to call the police."

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    Re: Occupy Oakland protesters remove barricade at port entrance

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    When peoples' votes no longer matter, then rioting becomes the last resort of the people.
    Quite so. Plus with the aggressive nature in which Oakland used its force against the protesters, it should be no surprise that they'd try to retaliate.
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