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Tx4obama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 11:36 PM
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Regarding Scott Olsen: Official 'Veterans for Peace' Statement Regarding Occupy Incident in Oakland
Edited on Wed Oct-26-11 11:37 PM by Tx4obama

Official 'Veterans for Peace' Statement Regarding Occupy Incident in Oakland

Veteran For Peace member, Scott Olsen, a Marine Corps veteran twice deployed to Iraq, is in hospital now in stable but serious condition with a fractured skull, struck by a police projectile fired into a crowd in downtown Oakland, California in the early morning hours of today. Other people were injured in the assault and many were arrested after Oakland police in riot gear were ordered to evict people encamped in the ongoing "Occupy Oakland" movement. Olsen is also a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War.

VFP members are involved with dozens of these local "occupy movement" encampments and we support them fully. In Boston, for example, our members, wearing VFP shirts and carrying VFP flags, stood between a line of police and the encampment, urging police to "join the 99%" and not evict the protesters. In that case, several of our members were banged and bruised when the police decided instead to carry out their eviction orders.

In Oakland, last night, a similar thing happened, according to VFP Chapter 69 member and Navy veteran, Joshua Sheperd, who said he went to downtown Oakland "to see if, as a VFP member, I could help still the anger...to be between the police and the protesters...it seemed unconscionable to me that the police use the cover of darkness like that to do what they were doing." Fortunately, he was not injured in the police assault that left Olsen with a fractured skull

As with virtually every example of the occupy movement across the country, those encamped were conducting themselves peacefully beforehand, protesting current economic, social and environmental conditions in the U.S. brought about by decades of corporate control, a criminal financial industry and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that are driving the U.S. global empire into bankruptcy. These "occupy movement" participants are telling us something we need very desperately to hear. They should be listened to, not arrested and brutalized.

Police in the majority of cities are acting with restraint and humanity towards the encampments, but Veterans For Peace will not be deterred by police who choose to use brutal tactics. In fact, as happens with repression everywhere, more people join the cause. We do believe that the rank and file police officers are part of the 99%, the overwhelming majority of Americans who are suffering at the hands of an intolerable system. Layoffs and cutbacks in city after city prove that we must join together to demand justice for all.

We send our very best to Scott Olsen and his family and wish him a speedy recovery to health.

We shall not be moved.

http://www.veteransforpeace.org/news_detail.php?idx=123



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Fire Walk With Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 11:39 PM
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1. K&R!
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 11:42 PM
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2. r&k
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MannyGoldstein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 11:56 PM
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3. "Make no mistake: extremists on both sides must
stop their childish oubursts"*

* not a real quote
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MindandSoul Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 11:56 PM
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4. Thank you VFP, for your bravery then, and your bravery now!
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 11:57 PM
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5. Has he been upgraded from Critical to Serious? Thanks. nt
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Tx4obama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 12:13 AM
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6. I think he's still listed as 'critical'.
Haven't seen any press releases yet that have said anything has changed yet.
The 'word' in the OP might not be an actual 'medical' update.

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Tx4obama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 12:18 AM
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7. Well, I don't know now. Here's two different articles
Edited on Thu Oct-27-11 12:20 AM by Tx4obama
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Olsen was taken to Highland hospital by protesters. Adele Carpenter, who knows Olsen through his involvement with anti-war groups, said she arrived at the hospital at 11pm on Tuesday night.

Carpenter said she was told by a doctor at the hospital that Olsen had a skull fracture and was in a "serious but stable" condition. She said he had been sedated and was unconscious.

SNIP

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/26/scott-olsen...

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Our Thoughts Are Currently With Scott Olsen

Our thoughts are currently with OPSWAT's System Administrator, Scott Olsen, as he suffered a critical head injury last night during the Occupy Oakland demonstration (It is reported to be a fractured skull sustained from the actions of the Oakland Police Department).

Scott is a US Marine veteran who served in Iraq, and is a member of the Veterans for Peace movement as well. In his position here at OPSWAT, Inc. Scott has consistently demonstrated himself to be a hard-working, peaceful and respectful individual, and it is shocking to all of us that an injury of this nature occurred.

Scotts condition is critical, and we are all truly wishing the best for him and pray that he makes a quick and complete recovery.

http://www.opswat.com/blog/our-thoughts-are-currently-s...





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Mnemosyne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 02:12 AM
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8. K&R...
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PuraVidaDreamin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 02:58 AM
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9. K & R
Heal quickly Scott Olsen
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