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    Re: Occupy Oakland Attacked By Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets, and Flash Grenades

    Quote Originally Posted by Karl View Post
    Wrong. The police, en masse, all Rambo'd up, initiated the conflict by issuing an ultimatum involving the use of force.
    That's exactly correct, the mayor made them do it:


    We represent the 645 police officers who work hard every day to protect the citizens of Oakland. We, too, are the 99% fighting for better working conditions, fair treatment and the ability to provide a living for our children and families. We are severely understaffed with many City beats remaining unprotected by police during the day and evening hours.

    As your police officers, we are confused.

    On Tuesday, October 25th, we were ordered by Mayor Quan to clear out the encampments at Frank Ogawa Plaza and to keep protesters out of the Plaza. We performed the job that the Mayor’s Administration asked us to do, being fully aware that past protests in Oakland have resulted in rioting, violence and destruction of property.

    Then, on Wednesday, October 26th, the Mayor allowed protesters back in – to camp out at the very place they were evacuated from the day before.


    An Open Letter to the Citizens of Oakland from the Oakland Police Officers


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    Re: Occupy Oakland Attacked By Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets, and Flash Grenades

    Quote Originally Posted by FinnMacCool View Post
    People in this country have a right to peaceably assemble, which they did.
    Wrong! They were breaking the law and they got what was coming.

    Oakland is a cesspool full of Liberal idiots.

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    Re: Occupy Oakland Attacked By Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets, and Flash Grenades

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    That's exactly correct, the mayor made them do it:


    We represent the 645 police officers who work hard every day to protect the citizens of Oakland. We, too, are the 99% fighting for better working conditions, fair treatment and the ability to provide a living for our children and families. We are severely understaffed with many City beats remaining unprotected by police during the day and evening hours.

    As your police officers, we are confused.

    On Tuesday, October 25th, we were ordered by Mayor Quan to clear out the encampments at Frank Ogawa Plaza and to keep protesters out of the Plaza. We performed the job that the Mayor’s Administration asked us to do, being fully aware that past protests in Oakland have resulted in rioting, violence and destruction of property.

    Then, on Wednesday, October 26th, the Mayor allowed protesters back in – to camp out at the very place they were evacuated from the day before.


    An Open Letter to the Citizens of Oakland from the Oakland Police Officers
    Looks like the Police are finally speaking out about their Mayor.

    You know the recent Chief of Police there resigned due to disagreements with the Mayor.
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    Re: Occupy Oakland Attacked By Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets, and Flash Grenades

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    Wrong! They were breaking the law and they got what was coming.

    Oakland is a cesspool full of Liberal idiots.
    If you think the OWS protesters got what was coming to them, what do you think this "cesspool of Liberal idiots" had coming to them:

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    Re: Occupy Oakland Attacked By Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets, and Flash Grenades

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    Wrong! They were breaking the law and they got what was coming.

    Oakland is a cesspool full of Liberal idiots.
    I guess we should be thankful that you were at least honest enough to reveal what you truly hate about these folks..... . you see the as liberals. Thus, all the precious rights and freedoms you and others on the far right pontificate about mean nothing when they are exercised by your enemies and opponents. This entire OWS and the vitriolic response from the right has made this very very clear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    Wrong! They were breaking the law and they got what was coming.

    Oakland is a cesspool full of Liberal idiots.
    I must agree to some extent. When you refuse and order to disperse by the police, you do so with the risk of bodily harm.
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    Re: Occupy Oakland Attacked By Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets, and Flash Grenades

    "Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it"
    Howard Zinn


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    Re: Occupy Oakland Attacked By Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets, and Flash Grenades

    'Occupy Oakland' Calls For General Strike

    "Occupy Oakland has called on workers and students to take the day off, while demanding corporations and banks close their doors for the city's first general strike since 1946.

    On the group's website, Occupy Oakland states the intent of the strike is to shut down the city for a day.

    Numerous labor unions, from carpenters to teachers, have endorsed the action and urged their members to take the day off and join the protest.
    "Our budget and our city services have been impacted by what went on as it relates to the economy tanking and what caused the economy to tank," said Dwight McElroy, of the Service Employees International Union.


    In a statement on the Occupy Oakland website, organizers warned businesses and agencies that if they take disciplinary action against protesters, they will also face pickets.

    From Occupy Oakland: "We are asking that all workers go on strike, call in sick, take a vacation day or simply walk off the job with their co-workers. We are also asking that all students walk out of school and join workers and community members in downtown Oakland. All banks and large corporations must close down for the day or demonstrators will march on them."

    Occupy Oakland organizers said around 10 a.m. that the Port of Oakland has been shut down."

    Read more: 'Occupy Oakland' Calls For General Strike - Sacramento News Story - KCRA Sacramento
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    Re: Occupy Oakland Attacked By Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets, and Flash Grenades

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    "Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it"
    Howard Zinn
    What is left out of that is the fact that if people break the laws they must understand there are consequences for doing so. Therefore they should accept the consequences peacefully.

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    Re: Occupy Oakland Attacked By Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets, and Flash Grenades

    Quote Originally Posted by Endoscopy View Post
    What is left out of that is the fact that if people break the laws they must understand there are consequences for doing so. Therefore they should accept the consequences peacefully.
    Why? Why should they?


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