27 October 2011

I Wanted This To Be Different

I have been very busy following and photographing Occupy Austin although I haven't been sharing much on my blog.  I planned to share some of the beauty I had witnessed  and commend Chief Acevedo and APD for being respectful of the rights of Americans.  Instead, this takes precedence:

A Marine from Wisconsin, Scott Olsen (24), was shot in the head by a projectile fired by Oakland police. When people ran to his aid, an officer threw a flash grenade at the limp body and the would-be rescuers.  As police watched, the critically injured veteran was eventually swept up and carried away by human beings.

It is unfortunate that many officers have yet to understand that most in the Occupations support police, the difficulties and stresses they face and their wage/benefits challenges.  

The following is Oakland Mayor Jean Quan's response:

Taken from her Facebook Page
October 25, 2011
7:30 am

Many Oaklanders support the goals of the national Occupy Wall Street movement. We maintained daily communication with the protestors in Oakland.

However, over the last week it was apparent that neither the demonstrators nor the City could maintain safe or sanitary conditions, or control the ongoing vandalism. Frank Ogawa Plaza will continue to be open as a free speech area from 6 am to 10 pm.

We want to thank the police, fire, public works and other employees who worked over the last week to peacefully close the encampment. We also thank the majority of the protestors who peacefully complied with city officials.

I commend Chief Jordan for a generally peaceful resolution to a situation that deteriorated and concerned our community. His leadership was critical in the successful execution of this operation. City Administrator Deanna Santana developed the plan and secured mutual aid from other departments and the State of California. She will direct departmental teams, including safety, public works, communications, to restore conditions at the Plaza so that it is available for public use.

The City welcomes all Oaklanders to continue to use the Plaza during daylight hours for peaceful protest.

~Mayor Jean Quan

Apparently, 1st Amendment rights expire at sunset.

At the time of this post, there were 9,854 comments on the above Facebook profile post.  I read about 200 and found only one comment supporting her.  The post has been shared 848 times and when I linked my blog to the post.  Apparently, her e-mail address (jeanquan4@gmail.com) has been disabled.

Carlos Miller reported that the mainstream news turned a blind eye as police attacked an unarmed crowd of people exercising their 1st Amendment rights.

What are you going to do about this?


Shotslot said...

Hey Eric, thanks for the visit, I'm really interested in what's happening globally, interestingly though it's being suppressed in the UK media (don't for a minute imagine the UK is a free country), with the focus being on the resignation of a clergyman over the St Paul's protest.

As far as the violence in Austin goes, the police are in the control of the people who the protesters seek to challenge. Cynical perhaps, but that's always been the way I've perceived it - even in the Arab spring the police forces have done their masters bidding and it's only been the failure of the Army to cooperate that avoided slaughter.

Anonymous said...

Mayor Quan: we miss your spirit of resistance and activism. Come join the movement, not as an adversary or an agent of corporate complicity, but as a human being and true believer in democracy. The past 48 hours have shown that the police presence in Oakland cannot be trusted. We need your voice as Oakland's chosen leader to join us, to protect us, to nurture and foster a spirit of democracy that the whole world is hopefully expecting with bated breath. We want you to stand with us. We want you to raise your voice in solidarity as you once did.