The police in Oakland dispersed hundreds of protesters using tear gas and flash bombs on Tuesday night as crowds tried to re-enter a plaza outside of City Hall that the authorities had cleared of an encampment earlier in the day.
The forceful response by the police to protesters in Oakland came as the police in Atlanta moved in early Wednesday morning to clear an encampment from the city’s central Woodruff Park. At least 53 people connected to the protest group Occupy Atlanta were arrested, and the park was cleared by 2 a.m. Eastern time, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.
By Wednesday morning in downtown Oakland, a dim cloud of gas still hung in the air over Frank Ogawa Plaza, according to images broadcast on CNN. A small number of police in riot gear stood by barricades around the plaza and a handful of protesters held signs nearby.
It was not all that long ago when the health care bill was up for debate and some group calling themselves the Tea Party gathered in Washington. I remember it well and the photos above are some of what had to be endured in the name of passing that piece of legislation. So fast forward to today…
Congressman Eric Cantor:
“I am increasingly concerned about the growing mobs occupying Wall Street and other cities across our country,” the Virginia congressman said in Washington this morning. The majority leader than chastised Democrats for supporting the protestors. “Believe it or not, some in this town have actually condoned the pitting of Americans against Americans,” Cantor said. “But you sent us here to fight for you and for all Americans. You sent us here to bring about real change in Washington, real change to your federal government. And we’re committed to do that.”
Not a word was spoken by Congressman Cantor and most of his colleagues when their fellow congressmen were being spat at and heckled with the most vile and hateful language in 2009.
Of course I am not surprised, but I just thought you should know Congressman Cantor, as you redefine mob, that some of us have long memories.
Large demonstration right outside my hotel here in Delhi - looks like a serious situation
(Reuters) - An anti-corruption movement led by a feisty 74-year-old social activist is snowballing into one of the biggest challenges in decades for the ruling Congress party and if not contained risks sparking India’s own version of an Arab Spring revolt.
- Upwards of 100,000 people around the square yesterday.
- Journal-Sentinal calling the recall effort a first in US history.
- Panoramic photo of yesterday’s return of the Wisconsin 14.
- WI Secretary of State to not publish bill until March 25, giving the courts and opposition a week for additional actions.
- The teachers walking from Milwaukee to Madison just arrived.
- Rock County protest today.
- Tons of great pics from WI tumblrs yesterday. Links in this previous post.
- Is an Arizona-style Immigration Bill on the GOP agenda in Wisconsin?
Today, in one image.
Carried out of the state Capitol.
Photo by Justin Sullivan (Reuters)
The following tumblr users have been actively involved in protests over the past 4 weeks. If I missed anyone, let me know and I will update:
The events in Libya turn bloodier and more violent.
Recommended to get a quick idea what is being reported from Libya via twitter: http://www.sulia.com/channel/libya/
My twitter list for info from Libya: http://twitter.com/#!/list/PeecefulWarrior/feb17-libya