The Occupy “movement” is demonstrating what happens when a directionless and leaderless group is left to fester and grow in its own stew. Murders, rapes, assaults, Molotov cocktails and a TB outbreak have occurred at various Occupy sites leading to further questions about the purpose of this rudderless mob.
Murder and Suicide
Clashes between Occupy forces and local businesses (ironically a part of the 99%) led to a series of fist fights that escalated into a mob beating that escalated into the murder of a local businessman in Oakland today. Mayor Jean Quan, who has been criticized by residents on both sides for issuing mixed signals about the local government’s willingness to tolerate the camp, issued a statement Thursday calling for the camp to shut down. “Tonight’s incident underscores the reason why the encampment must end. The risks are too great,” Quan said. “We need to return (police) resources to addressing violence throughout the city. It’s time for the encampment to end. Camping is a tactic, not a solution.” http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2099297,00.html#ixzz1dR7qmIQK
A man living in a tent in the Occupy “protest” outside of City Hall in Burlington, Vermont shot and killed himself last night. Deputy Chief Andi Higbee in Burlington told reporters the shooting raised questions about whether the protest would be allowed to continue. “Our responsibility is to keep the public safe. When there is a discharge of a firearm in a public place like this it’s good cause to be concerned, greatly concerned,” Higbee said. http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2099297,00.html#ixzz1dR8HvxEM
Following the rape of two young women in Zuccotti Park, police have arrested a 26 year old Occupy protester that was working as part of the cooking staff for the movement. According to police reports, the alleged incident took place Saturday when an 18-year-old woman from Massachusetts and another 17-year old female complained of sexual assault. Despite the multitude of coverage regarding allegations of police mistreatment, the Occupy movement worked very hard to suppress word of the attacks. http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/10782794-the-rape-of-a-protester-occupy-wall-street-new-york-city
Early on in the Occupy movement it was clear that there had been little if any long term planning as health conditions rapidly declined. This lack of planning has produced much feared results in Atlanta. The Fulton County Health Department confirmed Wednesday that residents at the homeless shelter home to the occupy movement contracted the drug-resistant disease. WGCL reports that a health department spokeswoman said there is a possibility that both Occupy Atlanta protesters and the homeless people in the shelter may still be at risk since tuberculosis is contracted through air contact.
“Over the last three months were have been two persons who have resided in this facility who have been diagnosed with confirmed or suspected infectious tuberculosis (TB),” said Fulton County Services Director Matthew McKenna in a written statement to CBS Atlanta. “One of these persons was confirmed to have a strain of TB that is resistant to a single, standard medication used to treat this condition. All person(s) identified as positive have begun treatment and are being monitored to ensure that medication is taken as directed.” http://nation.foxnews.com/occupy-wall-street/2011/11/10/tuberculosis-outbreak-occupy-atlantas-base#ixzz1dRA767rR
Assault and General Violence
Protesters in Portland took ridiculous threats of violence to a new level when they threatened violence on a nearby business that ran out of pizza bread sticks. According to Portland police: “Occupy Portland protesters became enraged when Pizza Schmizza ran out of bread sticks to accompany their entree order. They threatened to assault employees and vandalize the restaurant.” The customers, cops noted, told a Pizza Schmizza employee, “Your job is bullshit, you know you work for a big corporation.” http://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster/occupy-portland-breadstick-threat-768532
In Los Angeles today, two women were arrested in different violent incidents that occurred when one of the women burned some one’s clothes as part of an ongoing fight at the Occupy camp on the South Lawn of City Hall and the second Occupy woman was arrested for attacking a man with a tent pole. A third arrest occurred this morning when a man was stopped while attempting to pour flourescent paint on an historic marble fountain. http://articles.latimes.com/2011/nov/05/local/la-me-1105-occupy-crime-20111105
Back to Portland where a man was arrested yesterday for throwing a Molotov Cocktail at the World Trade Center building. http://www.koinlocal6.com/mostpopular/story/Man-living-at-Occupy-Portland-charged-for-Molotov/Kmx5-iJNfEq8WhTisJ2_6A.cspx