(This was originally posted on Open Salon April, 13, 2011)
These protests may not have been coordinated with the Occupy Wall Street movement but they have similar goals and they use similar non-violent tactics and the police have, once again responded in a similar oppressive manner. This may be a week old now but it is worth remembering for much longer.
The police said the protesters were behaving in an “unlawful” manner; they din’t seem to have any objection to the people with political power that were rigging the system and participating in an enormous amount of activities that should be considered much more unlawful and that this is what they were protesting.
There has been an enormous amount of corporate corruption in many powerful places which have been documented elsewhere by me and many others so I’m not going to go too much farther into that.
One thing that is worth noticing is the fact that the video at the Occupy Wall Street web site was removed for copyright reasons. Additional videos are available from various sources including Huffington Post and the LA Times (ads required in this article) below.
“Dr. Chui Tsang, Santa Monica College President, Defends Campus Police Pepper-Spraying Protesters” Huffington Post
“No warning before pepper spray, Santa Monica College students say” LA Times
This is ironic because one of the reasons that tuition costs are being driven up is because of the incompetent copyright bureaucracy. This is done to support an enormous bureaucracy that spends more time and effort controlling the distribution of educational information than it does rewarding those that do the work that copyright laws were originally intended to protest. If this was reformed then they could provide education to many more people at a much lower cost instead of increasing the costs.
In addition to that this video should have been available under the fair use clause especially since it is news that is related to such an important issue. This is a blatant infringement on the right to the free press and it is being used to slow or stop the reporting on abuses by the police regardless of why they intended it or what their excuse is. The alleged excuse is that they have to sell ads which are almost certainly deceptive promotions for one thing or another; a close review of most ads will clearly indicate that few if any of them will strand up to scrutiny and they’re intended to encourage consumers to base their decisions on false impressions. This is considered more important than informing the public about police brutality in our current system.
To make matters worse they even pepper sprayed a four year old child who was with the peaceful protestors. This clearly seems to indicate that they haven’t learned much if anything since the UC Davis incident which was recently reviewed as this was happening and they came to the obvious conclusion that the police used excessive force.
For those of you who don’t already know Occupy Wall Street is planning more protests for May during some economic summits in Chicago. The G-8 Summit has moved to Camp David, presumably in response to the anticipated protests. Occupy Wall Street has portrayed this as a victory; and in some ways it may be since it shows that they’re not willing to let the public participate; however it is also an indication of how little they’re willing to respect the will of the people and it shows how much more there is to do.
They’re also planning many more protest throughout the spring and I’m sure there will be more during the RNC and DNC conventions.
This isn’t ending!!
The lack of coverage in the corporate media clearly indicates that we can’t rely on them to report on this accurately if at all. Occupy Wall Street has a major point with their call for more diverse media, which is part of the reason why I’m going to start feeding some of these articles into OS on a semi-regular basis. This doesn’t mean that alternative media should be limited to those provided by Occupy Wall Street and I’m sure they wouldn’t argue with that point which is why I may come up with my own, even if it is only for my purposes, or if you have some of your favorites let me know.
Semi-regular updates from Occupy Wall Street: I am beginning to feed some portions of this into Open Salon due to the fact that this clearly hasn’t ended yet the coverage of it has declined dramatically. I’m sure that many people have already done a better job keeping up with than the news than I have which is great; however there may be others that haven’t and the coverage of this at OS has dropped to a trickle. Part of this is for my own purposes as well since I haven’t kept up with all the coverage at their site in many cases although I often intend to. If anyone else decides to provide additional coverage feel free.
All posts in this series will begin with “OWS:” then presumably something related to the news of the day; other posts about other subjects will continue as usual.
It is generally polite when doing something like this to say something like, “if there is something good here give the credit to Occupy Wall Street if there is something wrong blame me.”
I’m OK with the first part of that OWS deserves the credit; however I don’t want the blame. I’m not going to make up any excuses, I just don’t want the blame give it to Obama or Romney. They always try to make up all kinds of excuses and they’re almost always incredibly bad, so they deserve plenty of blame.
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