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Dozens Arrested As Police Break Up 'Occupy' Tent City Again

Had the municipal code been enforced in the light of day, it would have been hard to argue against the action taken by the City. But it wasn't. Under cover of darkness, away from the glare of the lights of reporters and other witnesses, armed police cleared a sleeping group of peaceful citizens. Legitimate action doesn't need to be concealed.

By definition, protest is enacted against the rules. It is up to the people in power to decide how to respond to such protest. Either those in power recognize the right of the People to object to the current status quo, in this case occupy property paid by taxes collected from these very people, or those in power violently suppress the protest by the People. Clearly the City of San Diego, as represented by Mayor Jerry (I'll accept that award on your behalf) Sanders has happily decided to violently suppress peaceful demonstrations by the People of San Diego.

Violence begets violence. This is not over.

October 28, 2011 at 5:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Dozens Arrested As Police Break Up 'Occupy' Tent City Again

The world is watching. Regardless of the excuses used for the policing behavior, regardless of the laws put forth as being broken, it looks like repression of free speech - in America the home of the Free... Raiding the Civic Center Plaza in the middle of the night in riot gear, arresting people on a Friday to guarantee holding them for several days, and confiscating media equipment (including books) is police repression. In this case it is clearly fully supported by the City Government. Beating people, pepper spraying them, arresting them, destroying their property - how far will this City Government go to repress the 99%?

October 28, 2011 at 12:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Roundtable: Crime Ring, Rent Control and Grocery Strike

Regarding the pending grocery strike: I will not cross the picket lines and since the last strike, where workers ended up with a bad deal, I can count how many times I have shopped at any of the 3 stores (over the last 5 years 5 times in the middle of the night because other stores were closed). I changed my shopping habits and shop where workers experience better treatment, like Costco. The previous meanspirited caller now has his college degree, probably a good job and benefits, and now that 'he has his' can't, or refuses to, empathize with people who don't have 'it' and have no prospects of getting 'it'. The union busting spirit in this country is coupled with the selfish attitude that 'if I can't have it no-one else should' and is contributing to the increasing disparity between the rich and the poor. Instead of striving for all to have a better life, this attitude seems to be that all should be driven into the same pit. And given the record gains by the Forbes 400, the oil companies and big business like these grocery stores, not to forget the Wall Street thieves and the new Congress continuing to protect the vast resources of the ultrawealthy, this country is well on its way to third world status.

August 19, 2011 at 12:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )