Despite threats to shut down banks, schools and offices as punishment for "economic inequality" nothing of the sort took place. The Occupy Everything crowd wanted MILLIONS to participate but "the people" did not rise up and revolt.
Hundreds of protestors in New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland did turn up. But what were the people in the streets REALLY saying?
An end to income inequality? A call for Communism? Socialism? A chance to run wild in the streets and commit crimes? All of the above yesterday in Oakland and San Francisco where violence took place, but the MESSAGE from the Occupy Everything crowd was last in the flash bang of police weapons. The rallies did not have the same drawing power as last year for the Occupiers, or even the half dozen years ago May Day rallies for immigration reform.
There was some violence. Anarchists and punks did manage to do damage to the people they claim to represent, as well as attacks on the police.
And there are questions to be answered about the thugs in San Francisco's Mission district. Residents want some answers from the left-wing government leaders who some say allowed the violence to go unchecked.
|Business owners in San Francisco's Mission District, cleaning up after a night in which protesters damaged more than 30 stores and restaurants and vandalized cars, questioned Tuesday why activists had singled them out and why police hadn't done more to halt the rampage. Among those dealing with the damage were officers at the neighborhood police station, where black-clad, masked activists threw paint and bashed the front door Monday night. Even as they defended themselves from criticism that they had allowed the vandals to run wild - one restaurant owner said officers even appeared to be "escorting" the group -|