A clique of privileged U.C. Berkeley students, upset that they’re the top 1% of elite students in the state and thus disqualified from participating in the Occupy movement, could no longer contain their frustration on Wednesday and threw an Occutantrum, attempting to “occupy” a few square yards of the 1,200-acre campus. The police dutifully played their roles in the street theater performance, showing up in riot gear and looking scary so the privileged students could shout at them and feel properly revolutionary, as instructed by their professors. Following the script, the police repeatedly removed the handful of occupation tents so that the students could feel sufficiently wronged by authority figures and thereby earn their “Berkeley protest stripes,” which have been a requirement for graduation since 1964.The violence seems to be escalating. People were shot to death in Burlington:
The city closed half of City Hall Park and put a halt to all camping at the Occupy Burlington site Thursday night while police investigate a shooting in a tent that cost a 35-year-old man his life. Meanwhile, the movement’s participants mourned a member of their community and planned the future of the encampment.And Oakland:
A young man was fatally shot Thursday evening just yards from the Occupy Oakland encampment outside City Hall. And before the ambulance had even pulled away, people were debating whether the killing was somehow linked to the month-old gathering.Vichy Oakland mayor Quisling promised to get tough:
Mayor Jean Quan held a news conference and announced that the city was planning, once again, to remove the Occupy camp. "The risks are too great for having an encampment out there," Quan said. "It's time for the encampment to end."The protestors showed their usual respect for the media:
Shortly after the shooting, KGO-TV cameraman Randy Davis was punched in the back of the head by someone who objected to his filming the scene. Davis said he believed he suffered a concussion.Fun in San Diego as a particularly ugly woman assaults another woman filming them: Get this creep in Portland, insisting "We don't want any violence!" How could anybody think they are not peaceful?