Sunday, 20 November 2011


Ken Berwitz

Will the "Occupy Oakland" protesters successfully make a fool of Mayor Jean Quan? 

God knows, they've done it before.  Will this be round 2?

Excerpted from article at

Anti-Wall Street protesters took over a vacant lot and adjacent park in downtown Oakland late Saturday and erected a tent camp to replace one torn down by police, setting the stage for a potential showdown.

Protesters marched to the lot and tore down a chain-link fence before pitching tents as a light rain started. Police on the scene did not immediately intervene and the camp later expanded into an adjacent public park.

"Occupy Oakland has a new home at 19th and Telegraph," organizers said in a message to supporters, adding there would be a big "housewarming" party. "Bring tents!"

The move appeared to be a direct challenge to Oakland police who less than a week ago forcibly dismantled a similar protest camp nearby , and risked igniting a confrontation. Police have said they would not allow another encampment.

When the "Occupy Oakland" scam, sincere protesters set up shop in the original location - a public park they had no legal right to expropriate from the public, Mayor Quan not only did not roust them, she stated her support for them.

However, after almost two months of increasingly loud, abusive, unsanitary conditions, coupled with increasingly violent confrontations, then a couple of deaths at or near the camp.......she finally decided to dabble in sanity and had the park cleared out. 

Now they are back, after breaking through a fence (which undoubtedly is illegal) and setting up shop in a second public park (which undoubtedly is also illegal). 

What will Mayor Quan do now?  Wait for it to fester and degenerate into what it became last time? 

We'll be watching......

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