“Kayvan Sabehgi”, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, is in intensive care with a lacerated spleen. He says he was beaten by police close to the Occupy Oakland camp, but despite suffering agonising pain, did not reach hospital until 18 hours later”, according to the Guardian Newspaper.
Sabehgi, 32, is the second Iraq war veteran to be hospitalised following involvement in Oakland protests. Another protester, Scott OlsenScott Olsen, suffered a fractured skull on 25 October.
Wednesday night, police used teargas and non-lethal projectiles to against protesters following an attempt by the Occupy supporters to shut down the city of Oakland.
Sabehgi told the Guardian from hospital he was walking alone along 14th Street in central Oakland – away from the main area of clashes – when he was injured.
“There was a group of police in front of me,” he told the Guardian from his hospital bed. “They told me to move, but I was like: ‘Move to where?’ There was nowhere to move.
“Then they lined up in front of me. I was talking to one of them, saying ‘Why are you doing this?’ when one moved forward and hit me in my arm and legs and back with his baton. Then three or four cops tackled me and arrested me.”
Sabehgi story and hundred like his illustrate the violence stance the police have taken against the protesters.
“Police in Oakland have used brutality against the peaceful protesters which is sure to back fire on them”, say Ken Moore of Oakland. “this is not good”, he says. The police are not only using tear gas and rubber bullets but flashbang grenades on protesters (see http://rt.com/news/occupy-oakland-protest-violence-773/).
Meanwhile in places like Charlotte, N.C. and other cities Occupy movement leaders are monitoring events, and ordering gas masks in anticipation of police doing crackdown in other cities.
What the police don’t realize is that the Occupy movement is in almost every major city in the United States. Should people get killed and violence escalates it won’t stay localized.
Some have even speculated that this may be the beginning of a civil war in this country. The disparity and unemployment, the divided government which killed the jobs bills, the continuing wars in Afghanistan and Libya are all reaching a kind of boiling point. At some point the local, state and federal government must come to terms with the Occupy movement protesters.
Right now all eyes are on Oakland to see how bad this situation will get. With veterans getting hurt there could be real trouble on the streets. If the police continue with this brutal crackdown you will see riots begin to spread across the country.
Police in Oakland need to stand down, before more people get seriously hurt.
Leaders in the Occupy Phoenix movement are monitoring the news from BBC and internet and making plans to go “underground” – a term meaning to go into hiding and coördinate their movement clandestinely so the police can’t disrupts or identify leaders.
In Charlotte, there is round the clock monitoring of police band radios, and video suivellance of police headquarters. peopel are attending city commission meetings and going through the trash of city hall. Protesters have organized on twitter and are keeping each other informed. In some cases they are taking note of license plate numbers and badge numbers of police officers. Some groups have formed and people are urged not to protest alone. When confronted by the police someone should record and document the event. This may involve note taking, gathering witness statements and making short videos on cell phone to keep the police “honest”.
“We are taking no chances that police can violate someone civil rights and get away with it. Occupy Charlotte groups and individuals are passing leaflets on what to do when confronted by police. “Comply with all lawful orders. When arrested ask to speak to an attorney. Make no statements or admissions of guilt..”, the leaflet says.
Most of these people are peaceful, and in the case of Charlotte, N.C. some have gone out of their way to keep the protest peaceful. “We don’t want violence taking away from what we are trying to do”, says Tim HudsonTim Hudson of Charlotte N.C. So far the police in Charlotte have also tried to respect people’s rights, at the same time they are gearing up with riot training. This doesn’t sit well with some in the Occupy Charlotte movement. They are understandably uneasy with that, as you can imagine.
Police who I have talked to say that this is in preparation for the 2012 Democratic convention, when the eyes of the entire nation will be on Charlotte. Protesters say that may or may not be the case “we want to be prepared in either case”, say Michele Rodha, who describes herself as a peaceful protester. “At the same time we don’t want to be naive”, she said.
In Charlotte and in many other cities people watch and wait to see what happens in Oakland, where protesters are being beaten and tear gassed. Already numerous Youtube video’s are popping up online.
oddly enough the only people not really paying much attention to it is mainstream media sources in the United States. Which is why many are monitoring foreign news sources and the internet for information.