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Jon Stewart Registers His Horror at the 'Occupy Oakland' Violence: VIDEO

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On last night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart took a look at the poice handling of Occupy Oakland.

Yesterday I posted several videos of the extreme measures used to take down the protesters, including Iraq war veteran Scott Olsen, who remains in critical condition after sustaining a fractured skull caused by a projectile reportedly launched by police.

A new video shows Olsen (3:30) and the lead-up of events just before the police attack.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

In related news, the NYT reports that cities are losing patience with protesters, and the Oakland violence may just be the first sign of what's to come.

Olsen

New video showing Olsen (3:30):

Occupy Oakland Tuesday October 25 from Raleigh Latham on Vimeo.

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  1. 'This has been declared an illegal assembly!'

    Seriously? By whom?

    I thought the US was still at least pretending to be a democracy?

    ReOccupy!

    This is a sign of things to come. We cannot allow the plutocracy ruling this country to destroy our rights.

    Posted by: David | Oct 27, 2011 9:12:58 AM


  2. Has a single banking CEO been arrested for his crimes yet?

    Is any legislation being drafted requiring the top 1% earners to pay more tax?

    If not then why not?

    Posted by: David | Oct 27, 2011 9:26:00 AM


  3. ReOccupy David? Why don't you put your balls where your mouth is and you reoccupy?

    Posted by: Marc C | Oct 27, 2011 9:38:54 AM


  4. Unlike the Tea Party, OWS is actually pointing the finger at the roots of our problem (capitalism gone haywire). Of course they'll be attacked by police and discredited by the media.

    Posted by: tranquilo | Oct 27, 2011 9:44:10 AM


  5. The NYT is reporting or inciting? Kinda hard to tell the difference sometimes.

    Posted by: Jesus | Oct 27, 2011 10:14:56 AM


  6. The police in the United States, for the most part, love to use violence and weaponry whenever possible, even when non-violent methods are available. I've heard police overseas joke about this. They call them Rambos.

    We pumped billions of dollars from Homeland Security into those police departments after 9/11, and now it is being used against the very people it was meant to protect. Just like the rest of the machinery that we put in place to "protect us".

    Meanwhile, our infrastructure is crumbling because no one dares to mention cutting the defense budget. The United States is like the man that spent many times his income on installing a security system on a house that is falling apart and he can't make payments on any longer.

    This system is being turned against us. Take a look at this infographic:

    http://www.aclu.org/national-security/surveillance-under-patriot-act

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 27, 2011 10:17:05 AM


  7. so the difference between Oakland's Mayor and Muomar Gaddfi is?

    Posted by: rapture | Oct 27, 2011 11:02:29 AM


  8. Cities are losing patience with the protesters? How 'bout protesters have been holding back so far, but if you start kicking the crap out of 'em, they're going to raise the stakes big time. You think there's civil unrest now? Just wait.

    Posted by: justinw | Oct 27, 2011 11:04:51 AM


  9. http://fablog.ehrensteinland.com/2011/10/27/welcome-to-the-police-state/

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Oct 27, 2011 11:12:12 AM


  10. Oh the memories. Some good ... some not so.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aST8Q6xmy4M&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PLE0C0730B0510A617

    Posted by: Dale | Oct 27, 2011 11:16:31 AM


  11. Oakland's Mayor thoughts are dead while Gaddfi IS dead. Otherwise they are both the same in that they are both unlawful dictators of the worst kind.

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 27, 2011 12:27:09 PM


  12. Has the mayor of Oakland or any policemen or police chiefs involved in this disruption of a legal protest been arrested for on our constitution yet.

    These fuckers need to realise that if they behave like Arab dictators then the people will respond in a manner similar to what happened in Libya.

    These protestors are true patriots. They are exposing our sham democracy.

    Too bad our media is ignoring it.

    Perhaps it's time to Occupy Fox News!

    Posted by: David | Oct 27, 2011 1:08:07 PM


  13. The police were literally pointing guns at these people ... a bit of an overreaction by the Oakland government, to say the LEAST

    Posted by: reality | Oct 27, 2011 2:14:49 PM


  14. Re: "Has a single banking CEO been arrested for his crimes yet?"

    They don't have time to prosecute the fraudsters that wrecked the economy. They're too busy prosecuting the medical marijuana growers.

    Posted by: duane | Oct 27, 2011 2:16:33 PM


  15. Oakland and Atlanta at the moment are the rarities. Most other cities in fact have been accommodating of OWs

    With some areas even finding the police telling the mayors that they will not disband OWs as long as they protest peacefully and that they themselves the police are part of/support the 99%

    The 1% better smell what is on the wind

    Yesterday a woman confronted the "super-comitee" and stated "end the wars and tax the rich, We are the 99%"

    It was as if a peasant had knocked on the gates of Versailles and gave a warning of what was on the wind if the nobility didn't wise up.

    Posted by: say what | Oct 27, 2011 2:50:18 PM


  16. Police have roughed up and arrested protesters in Seattle, Boston and NYC, without cause or on set-ups. Too bad the "liberal media" is on the side of the 1%. The US might hear more about such things.

    Posted by: Kyle Michel Sullivan | Oct 27, 2011 6:09:42 PM


  17. These protester all seem very heroic as long a you don't live in the area they have chosen to occupy.

    Posted by: jaragon | Oct 27, 2011 6:34:05 PM


  18. They are occupying the financial districts of these cities. There are residents in those areas for sure, but mainly the offices of the 1%. Who cares if THOSE assholes are inconvenienced. When they start paying their fair share to fix the economy; and when the banking CEO's have been arrested and jailed for their massive crimes, then these protests will end. Until that happens then these occupations are absolutely essential. These corporations need to know they are being monitored by the citizenry they have stolen from (even if the political classes are still obeying them.)

    Posted by: David | Oct 27, 2011 6:57:34 PM


  19. These protesters are among the bravest people I know. I'm sickened by what has happened in Oakland and other places. I was in a vigil outside of Kerry's office last night (John Kerry is on the Super Committee) after a meeting with him asking him not to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. All of us are peaceful protesters. But right after 9/11 John Ashcroft did a tour of the nation, using town and city hall for illegally closed door sessions with the local police. I can't help wondering if that was part of indoctrinating them to see protesters as the enemy within. We have to have courage in the face of adversity.

    Yours in Spirit,

    Gandalf

    Posted by: Gandalf The Grey | Oct 28, 2011 12:09:36 AM


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