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Tue May 1, 2012, 12:10 PM

Eyewitness account from an SF Occupier to last nights vandalism (and he's not happy).

http://scottrossi.tumblr.com/post/22184158717/notes-from-an-occupation-17-dolores-park-ruckus

So, rather than describe what happened (since 340958345 other blogs and news agencies will do just that), I think it is more important to point out who did this. But as I’m about to explain to you, I don’t know that I can do that. You see, I don’t know who, the people I’ll dub as the ‘ringleaders’ of the march were exactly. Nobody did. Yeah some of the aggro people we always have to deal with were there, but these guys weren’t it. You remember those asshole jock bullies in high school? Well that was who was leading the march tonight. Clean cut, athletic, commanding, gravitas not borne of charisma but of testosterone and intimidation. They were decked out in outfits typically attributed to those in the ‘black bloc’ spectrum of tactics, yet their clothes were too new, and something was just off about them. They were very combative and nearly physically violent with the livestreamers on site, and got ignorant with me, a medic, when I intervened and reminded them that I was there to fix them from police violence, not protester on protester violence.

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Isn’t it funny too, that for the last 6 months of sustained protests, we couldn’t fart sideways without riot police raising their truncheons against us anywhere in the Bay Area, yet these cops weren’t around tonight when the convergence in Dolores Park turned into a march. the 2 squad cars and van that were following us did so at a snail’s pace while the boojie restaurants on 18th street got vandalized. Some more police units on Valencia just let the protest pass, despite it’s obviously destructive intent, and the cops were driving past laughing as their cars were pelted with paint. The laughter is really what betrays something seriously wrong about tonight’s march. For six months, we’re beaten, harassed and arrested at the slightest provocation, park and public lodging rules enforced to the very last dotted ‘i’ and crossed ‘t’, but tonight, they let a pack of vandals run riot down Valencia street.

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We’ve spent months radicalizing and empowering the Mission, working with and learning from groups who have already been here for decades, trying to use our momentum, enthusiasm and appeal to energize moribound organizations and skittish and apathetic people. We’ve been encouraging people to feel empowered to organize themselves, to get unions for day laborers, to march for and bring attention to our terrible immigration practices, hell the list goes on and on. It’s just convenient that these so called ‘protesters’ acted in such a way to undermine and burn all those bridges we’ve been so carefully building. The destruction was too calculated and precise in it’s seeming randomness to be Black Bloc or even those fucking suburban scumbags who get an anarchist patch at Hot Topic and think that gives them license to come to Oakland or SF and burn shit down.

Like I said, I don’t know who did this, but I am 1000000% certain they were not OccupySF and they were not OccupyOakland. I know the action was marketed as an action against gentrification, but too many regular people suffered tonight. Too many car tires are slashed. An old, brown minivan on the corner of Valencia and Duboce has all the windows busted out and the tires are flat. How is the owner supposed to drive that to work? The point is, the Mission, my neighborhood, a working class neighborhood, albeit one infested with yuppies and hipsters, got fucked up tonight. All that work we’ve been doing is now jeopardized. All the interest in what we were doing that brought people in the Mission to ask OccupySF to help them organize is jeopardized. I’m sure the woman wondering how she’s getting to work in the morning because her car is jacked up now finds her job and way of life jeopardized.


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Reply Eyewitness account from an SF Occupier to last nights vandalism (and he's not happy). (Original post)
Luminous Animal May 2012 OP
ck4829 May 2012 #1
zeemike May 2012 #2
saras May 2012 #3
Luminous Animal May 2012 #4
AnneD May 2012 #5
HiPointDem May 2012 #6
Bennyboy May 2012 #7
Luminous Animal May 2012 #8
StarsInHerHair May 2012 #20
Luminous Animal May 2012 #23
Roland99 May 2012 #9
Javaman May 2012 #10
greytdemocrat May 2012 #13
backscatter712 May 2012 #27
U4ikLefty May 2012 #28
Javaman May 2012 #30
20score May 2012 #11
tblue37 May 2012 #12
Luminous Animal May 2012 #14
annabanana May 2012 #15
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JDPriestly May 2012 #17
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Luminous Animal May 2012 #21
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freshwest May 2012 #19
Luminous Animal May 2012 #22
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crazyjoe May 2012 #29
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U4ikLefty May 2012 #36
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freshwest May 2012 #32
Luminous Animal May 2012 #33

Response to Luminous Animal (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 12:20 PM

1. When you have constant police surveillance and then it just stops, isn't that at all weird?

I want to say there's nothing unusual about this, but it doesn't smell right.

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Response to Luminous Animal (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 12:25 PM

2. I don;t know why anyone should be surprised at this

they have been using this device for at least a century to control protest and undermine any attempt for justice and change.
Send in the agent provocateurs to cause trouble...and the cops are deep into it....it is all about control and they know how to do it....and no one in the media dare call them on it...because they are controlled too.
K&R

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Response to Luminous Animal (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 12:37 PM

3. If you let it happen, it's going to happen.You indicated it was obvious that the "leaders" were fake

 

But no one thought to stop them, or call them on it? If a bunch of people show up at your informal football game and say "fuck football, let's go tip some cars over,", do you all just go follow them? Do you let them talk your friends into it?

They were almost certainly agents, and needed to be stopped immediately. Whose job is it, and what tools are legitimate?

edit: looking back, I don't intend this to be personal. Obviously someone there as a medic is doing more than their fair share already. But there were a hell of a lot of OTHER people there. What was their reaction to the "leaders"?

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Response to saras (Reply #3)

Tue May 1, 2012, 12:42 PM

4. Plenty of people tried to stop them but the vandals threatened them with baseball bats

and metal rods. Live streamers were also threatened. Peaceful non-violent protesters will not arm themselves to battle agent provacatuers.

The police though, were well armed and did little to nothing.

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Response to Luminous Animal (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 01:22 PM

5. Smells....

like 3 day old fish.

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Response to Luminous Animal (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 01:24 PM

6. kick

 

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Response to Luminous Animal (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 01:25 PM

7. We need video and lots of it...

 

so we can identify these people...

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Response to Bennyboy (Reply #7)

Tue May 1, 2012, 01:33 PM

8. Like I said, livestreamers were threatened with physical violence by the vandals.

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Response to Luminous Animal (Reply #8)

Wed May 2, 2012, 12:57 AM

20. ok so why didn't real occupy scatter? like in NYC?

move away & put distance between them & your group

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Response to StarsInHerHair (Reply #20)

Wed May 2, 2012, 01:06 AM

23. They did. Some hung back and cleaned up the trash from tipped over cans...

the rest went elsewhere.

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Response to Luminous Animal (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 01:52 PM

9. Not surprised but this is just un-freakin'-believable behavior

jack-booted thugs

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Response to Luminous Animal (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 02:35 PM

10. Agent Provocateurs. nt

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Response to Javaman (Reply #10)

Tue May 1, 2012, 06:27 PM

13. Sure. It's always AP's.

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Response to greytdemocrat (Reply #13)

Wed May 2, 2012, 02:48 AM

27. Who do you think they were?

Looks like provocateurs, acts like provocateurs, all the way down to the way the uniformed cops were behaving around them.

Possibly cops, or maybe those scumfuck Pinkertons the banksters have been hiring lately.

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Response to greytdemocrat (Reply #13)

Wed May 2, 2012, 03:23 AM

28. Why do you come here to hate on Occupy?

Isn't there a puppy you can kick?

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