The Daily Need

Photo: Oakland, occupied

Police in riot gear evicted and dismantled the encampment of Occupy Wall Street protesters from a plaza across the street from City Hall in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday. When the crowd tried to retake the the encampment later in the evening, police fired tear gas at them at least five times, resulting in many injuries and arrests. Today, police are preventing people from returning to the plaza. Photo: AP/Ben Margot

 
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Comments

  • GOLDIE EIDLOG

    Can California AFFORD the extra police detail?  LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE.  WORKERS WANT INSURANCE TO PAY FOR NEEDED SURGERY, WORKERS WANT COMPANIES TO GET INSURANCE THAT WILL PAY FOR THE SURGERY; WORKERS WANT DOCTORS TO NOT BE SO GREEDY ————- GIVE THOSE WITH WORK HISTORY A FREE SURGERY ———  WOULD ONE IN TEN FREE SURGERIES — MAKE A HOSPITAL CLOSE????????????  BREAK A DOCTOR????????????  BREAK THEIR BANK??????? 

  • http://twitter.com/dusthead Jason Morris

    to all, if you look hard enough you’ll find SOME protesters in oakland were/still are getting aggressive with the police.  after 2 weeks of cooperation – they are upset that everything they built was destroyed in 20 minutes.  no reason will excuse their name calling, insults, taunts but remember that those people either came to be aggressive (which is very far from the intended method of peaceful resistance), or have lost their way and were overcome with emotion.  I hope they can come together and mend their weaknesses to come back even stronger than before.  With solidarity…

  • Bgibeau2

    Why did authorities allow the tea party demonstrators to walk around with guns straped to their legs and why isn’t the story of a Iraq vet in critical condition after being shot in the head by police in Oakland front page news?

  • Damonmeade

    honestly… I have been to the protests and although I agree that a LITTLE bit of violence may have been employed by one or two agitators on the protesters side in Oakland.. this negates the real discussion. When you have 200 peaceful protesters and 100 police in riot gear (there was the tip off that the police already had in mind what was going to happen… what other cities have come out in riot gear? Even New York which has been the most violent Occupation on the side of the police BY FAR, so far)… I think a few highly trained officers in their padding, shields and armor could have easily subdued and detained the couple of instigators without having to employ riot protocols. Seeing the police COME OUT ready for a riot leads me to believe that there is a good chance that the instigators were not even real protesters but plants (that cops around the country are placing in the Occupations around the country, “21 Jump Street Style”) that the officers put in the crowd to justify the retaliation…. considering it has been in the news that it has already happened several times in this movement.. it dooesn’t seem too far off from possibility.

  • Billymoon

    The picture is deep, full of conflicting notions,First, I love the colors this is a well framed colorful message. The flag.. America..the message of making this a safer space, kind of  like our contemporary national foreign policy in the mid–east and Africa. I mean the area of operations of our nations warriors is the mid-east and Africa right, and the reason is to make this world a safer place, right?  I mean we sending a hundred soldiers where, to chase what warlord? I recently learned how great areas of furtile land in Africa are being leased to corporations in 90 yr leases. Alot of the land in the poorest nations will be used for bio fuel production. I mean China, India, Germany, France, corporations in these countries are buying up Africa.  The phrase Corporate Colonization was mentioned. I don’t know, the Corporate connection in oil and fertile land kinda like makes it mandatory that the Mid east and Africa be a safer place ..for somebody anyway..and who better to keep it safe than the most powerful military on the planet. Some might think America has evolved a professinal mercenary military, need a hit man? we got that. From infiltrators to satelite intelegence teargas to rubber bullets, land mines and cluster bombs to atom bombs, we’re prepared to make this a safer place.. for somebody.. Ben Franklin when asked said “ …the business of America is business” then again I see  a plea from an American for help in making this a safer space( I imagine, in light of the caption. ) to enable the peaceful practice of democratic principles in the face of police oppression. stimulating photo.

  • RoccupyG

    A U.S. Marine lies in a coma after an incompetent police chief and mayor allowed this senseless act to happen in Oakland. ” to protect and serve?”, I don’t think so. Incite, undermine, oppress? Yes. If a cop in riot gear would have rushed over to help Scott Olsen, then THAT would have been a REAL police officer.