Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Another protest camp attacked

THE HIRED thugs of neoliberalism have again violently attacked the pro-democracy #occupy movement - this time in Oakland, California.

Reports CBS News: "Oakland's City Hall was the site of conflict throughout the day. Authorities used a pre-dawn raid to dismantle an Occupy Wall Street encampment that had taken over a plaza outside the government headquarters for more than two weeks.

"Police removed about 170 demonstrators who had been staying in the area overnight after repeatedly being warned that such a camp was illegal and they faced arrest by remaining. City officials said 97 people were arrested in the morning raid.

"In less than an hour, the 2-week-old, miniature makeshift city was in ruins. Scattered across the plaza in front of City Hall were overturned tents, pillows, sleeping bags, yoga mats, tarps, backpacks, food wrappers and water bottles. Signs decrying corporations and police still hung from lampposts or lay on the ground.

"Later Tuesday, hundreds of protesters gathered at a library and marched through downtown Oakland. They were met by police officers in riot gear, and several small skirmishes broke out."

As we pointed out with regard to the attacks on camps in Australia, this kind of repression is inevitable if the movement keeps up momentum.

But if we keep resisting, it can only make us stronger.