Occupy protester: "Dude, let's go get guns"

The long-planned revival of the occupy movement is right around the corner, and we already have a new example of the violent rhetoric we’ve come to expect from the ‘mostly peaceful’ group. From where else but Occupy Portland. [Content warning for multiple f-bombs and other raw language]

If I had a f–king AK right now…

I have a solution dude, let’s go get guns.

In case it wasn’t clear, these threats were directed at the police for preventing the protesters from re-occupying the park, which city officials have wisely closed during overnight hours.

Yes, spring is in the air, and unfortunately along with it a return of all the horrors of the occupy movement. But maybe we shouldn’t judge the movement as a whole by a few bad apples. It’s not like any more official voices of occupy are promoting violence against the police. Well, except for this lovely imagery courtesy of OccupyMay1st.org, which is the communication hub for occupiers organizing a national general strike on May 1.

The file name for this image is  “rainbowunicorncopkillwsa”. Yeah, that about sums it up.

And then there is this little tidbit from the latest edition of Ignite (pdf), the official anarchist newspaper in Denver.

On the night of Feb. 20th in Denver, a “young man” described as white or Hispanic and dressed in “a hoodie with patches” was approached by police swine for alleged “suspicious activity” on 17th and Julian. The youth, evidently not the type to take any shit, pulled a pistol, fired a single shot that missed the cop, and fled on foot successfully. No suspect has been apprehended at time of press. The local anarchist community upon learning the news breathed a sigh of relief at the lack of arrests and collectively said “too bad they f–king missed.”

Makes you wonder why a mainstream progressive activist like Van Jones would throw his support behind such a movement. Hmmm.

It’s going to be a long summer.

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David Strom 8:01 AM on February 03, 2023