Groups of Occupy New York and Occupy Wall Street leaders met on Sunday to discuss “options” in the event the New York City Police try any violence against protesters in New York.
In Oakland, California police used “flash bang” grenades and tear gas to dispurse crowds. Police also critically hurt some people trying to flee from them, including a Iraqi war veteran who was hit in the head by a projectile of some sort.
Oakland Police also are reported to have used rubber bullets. “This kind of violence will not be tolerated in New York”, says Commander X , wearing a Guy Fawkes mask who agreed to be interviewed by cell phone and Skype. “Some of us have purchased gas masks and are prepared to conduct flash mob actions using the medium of twitter against the police and city hall if violence is used against us by the police.” See shcoking video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5zmzV5IxpQ .
Police were grabbing people for no reason and crushing them.
Oddly Mayor Bloomberg issued a statement saying mostly the same thing (see article “New York won’t tolerate Occupy Wall Street violence” by Surya Gaire http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/10802059-new-york-wont-tolerate-occupy-wall-street-violence-mayor).
Both sides in this case seem to agree but are preparing for the advent something happens. Across the nation Occupy leaders and protesters are watching to see if police take brutal actions against other movements in other states.
In Occupy Charlotte, some have held classes on what to do in the event the police try to “pen” you in, or trap you from escape. It advises people to establish cell phone call lists and use tweets and twitter to stay one step ahead of police at all times. “When police move in we are immediatly notified by cell phone or tweet and then make efforts to contact people on our call lists”, says Mark Hull of Charlotte.
Occupy Charlotte also has spies inside police headquarters who are reporting on police activities against the protesters. At City Hall protesters attend city council meetings and there are a few county and city employees who secretly support the objectives of the Occupy movement. Others are trying to protect family members from police brutality such as what was seen in Oakland.
See shocking video of violence in Oakland http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNzDAFRKZ14
VIOLENCE COULD SPREAD!
Some fear if violence by police spreads it could lead to civil unrest and or possible civil war as people begin to take sides. The ramifications could lead to a situation not unlike that in Syria where the government has deployed the military and where protesters and police exchange gun fire in the streets.
If violence spreads it could engulf the entire nation and cause ripples in the economy. What needs to happen is local police should back off and not try to interfer with teh right of citizens to protest and engage in non violent actions such as strikes and shut downs. Violence in the end only begets more violence. Police in Oakland and New York are on the edge of starting a fire storm which could spread to other parts of the nation.