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World-Wide Condemnation of Police Action Against Occupy Oakland

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: occupy oakland, ows, police violence, government, freedoms )

- 2561 days ago -
Oakland police say they have received nearly 790 complaints from around the world about officers' actions during a tear-gas fueled clash with anti-Wall Street protestors last month.


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Stan C. (0)
Saturday November 12, 2011, 4:29 pm
There will always be people that try to deny the right of American Citizens to have their say, and to demand change. This does not alter the basic facts: America USED to work. The people had work. The system worked. Hey, EVEN the Congress used to work (sometimes). God knows, it was far, far, far from perfect -but at least we all had some share in the struggles AND the rewards. But somewhere along the way, we lost our way. Because now we have an economy and a political system that seems to work only for the rich. What they call "trickle down economics"....leaves most of us out in the cold cold rain. We need to get back to what America was, and what it should be, and what it can be. Occupy Wall Street is no longer just a place called Zuccotti Park - Zuccotti Park is everywhere. You can beat us and arrest us and tear-gas us, you can try to "permit" us to death....but you can't kill an idea. You can't keep down a peopleís hopes and dreams for a better life.....a life with dignity and freedom....for us, and for our kids. More power to Occupy Wall Street, as it spreads to every town and city - because OWS is us, and for us, and by us. It comes up from the grassroots, and it lifts us up in turn. With OWS America has found itís voice, and that voice demands fairness and justice -for ALL. This land IS our land! AND WE WANT IT BACK! We want our LIVES back! We want our FUTURE back! But itís more than just words.... itís more than just politics.... itís your LIFE, and how you want to live it. So why not take some time, find a quiet place somewhere, and consider this: Each of us has only one brief roll of the dice....and many choices. Itís time to risk...and to act. If not now...then when? If not you, then....who? You DO have the power my friend....and the choice is yours. Donít let your dreams die.

Douglas S (1)
Saturday November 12, 2011, 5:33 pm
Noted and thanks for the update.

Jae A (316)
Saturday November 12, 2011, 8:02 pm
Wait until they roll out the local police department tanks and so called 'riot' teams armed with live ammo... and then maybe others will catch on to what is going on with our elected officals and their police forces and what they have in mind for all of us...desposible pawns in their political quest for profits and power.

If they say they had that number of complaints from around the world then you can bet it's ten times that at min. probably.

It's obvious that the political and Wall Street powers that be in this country believe in our right to protest, just not in our doing so publicly.

Rose B (141)
Sunday November 13, 2011, 12:12 am

P A (117)
Sunday November 13, 2011, 1:07 am
Like Jae A, I too believe that if they say they got 790 complaints they got ten times that or more! Given the outrage around the world maybe they only counted the protests they got written in a particular typeface, on a particular day, whilst the writer was hopping on one leg!

Mary S (1)
Sunday November 13, 2011, 3:22 am
What really blows my mind is how ignorant our "Congress" is, they believe their own press that it is just disgrunted Communist agitors doing all can only hope they are not reelcted.

Marco C (31)
Sunday November 13, 2011, 3:56 am
We are not watching our representatives closely enough. We ought to be sending emails inquiring of our officials and representatives "what is going on in Oakland?"

This should send the message that: we are watching, we expect accountability, this behaviour is wrong, and we expect them to take a stand so we know more about what we can expect from them.

Don't you wonder about your representatives? Let's say we step out of the dark and ask for their stand on the issue.

KS Goh (0)
Sunday November 13, 2011, 4:20 am
Thanks for the article.

Marco C (31)
Sunday November 13, 2011, 6:25 am
Democracy, accountability, participation we have our responsibility too....."by the people" and open invitation or mandate to take the bull by the horns. We only have two senators and one representative. Try this text and see what happens, its easy to change senator to represntative.

"In order to better understand my represntatives, I would like to know the position of your office on the ongoings in Oakland Californis.

Thank you in advance for sharing the Senate/congressional/representative view.

I'm curious to see what fruit falls out of the tree. Good luck.

Diane Stollger (40)
Sunday November 13, 2011, 7:25 am
Thank you for this article. Our government officials still don't seem to understand that the amount of people that feel disenfranchised and left out is growing. Finally our feelings are becoming action. Peaceful protest is needed, because so many have been silent far too long, waiting for this trickle down economics to trickle down to them. The protesters have every right to make their grievances known and the police need to stop acting like this is some police state.

Joe R (190)
Sunday November 13, 2011, 10:12 am
Thanks William. I haven't trusted the police since the Viet Nam war protests and the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. It's great that the world is watching.

Beth M (138)
Sunday November 13, 2011, 1:42 pm
Wonderful that the world is watching what happens in America! Now American politicains better take notice!

Terry King (113)
Sunday November 13, 2011, 2:05 pm
Most embarrassing!

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 13, 2011, 4:51 pm
It would be peaceful if the policemen refused to abuse the heros.

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 13, 2011, 6:15 pm
Police break up Portland Occupy protests

Susan L (150)
Sunday November 13, 2011, 6:49 pm
Stan C. said it very well, as did everyone else above. Good idea Marco. Our reps should definitely respond, but I doubt there will be any answers from them, just the typical "Thanks for your comments, I will keep your views in mind" as I get from Republican Loyalist/Corporate Puppet, Doc Hastings.

Myriam G (32)
Sunday November 13, 2011, 7:12 pm
I'm glad you guys got support from people in other countries (including me!!!).
Thank you, William, and all of you who work so hard towards human solidarity.

Charlotte P (36)
Sunday November 13, 2011, 7:42 pm
Maybe they'll pay attention to the world, cause they sure don't want to hear us!

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 13, 2011, 11:34 pm
Yep! Condemn those traitors to America.

Jane H (139)
Monday November 14, 2011, 1:11 pm
Thanks for the update---no doubt those protesting were thinking about Scott Olsen, veteran who was injured. We need to hold the police to higher standards.

. (0)
Monday November 14, 2011, 5:36 pm
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