Police fired rubber bullets into a crowd of protesters associated with the Occupy Oakland movement [Reuters]
America’s politicians, it seems, have had their fill of democracy. Across the country, police, acting under orders from local officials, are breaking up protest encampments set up by supporters of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement — sometimes with shocking and utterly gratuitous violence.In the worst incident so far, hundreds of police, dressed in riot gear, surrounded Occupy Oakland’s encampment and fired rubber bullets (which can be fatal), flash grenades and tear-gas canisters — with some officers taking aim directly at demonstrators. The Occupy Oakland Twitter feed read like a report from Cairo’s Tahrir Square: “they are surrounding us”; “hundreds and hundreds of police”; “there are armoured vehicles and Hummers.” There were 170 arrests.More…Related:Yes, We Have a Permit to Occupy, Roots Action
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