Oakland City Hall Under Siege by #OccupyOakland Posted on January 28, 2012 by Yves Smith Live stream, hat tip reader Deontos: occupyoakland on livestream.com. Broadcast Live Free A related Twitter feed here: https://twitter.com/#!/search?q=%23occupyoakland Post navigation ← Obama’s SOTU: GM is a Terrible Model for US Manufacturing Doug Smith: Useful Idiot Watch – Matt Yglesias → Subscribe to Post Comments 25 comments John Regan January 28, 2012 at 11:59 pm You’ll prally see a lot of this image in the coming days: http://strikelawyer.wordpress.com/2012/01/29/welcome-to-oakland-ca-2012/ Ned Ludd January 29, 2012 at 12:32 am The photographer is Lili Loofbourow, a UC Berkeley grad student. Here’s the original link. There are more pictures on her blog and on Twitter, if you click “recent images” from her account (the latter will eventually scroll off). Lili Loofbourow January 29, 2012 at 2:34 am (Thanks for the credit, Ned!) NIcole January 29, 2012 at 12:11 am You’ve got it wrong. Some occupy protestors just entered City Hall – no weapons, no violence. It’s under siege by the Oakland Police Department – lots of weapons, plenty of violence. Yves Smith Post authorJanuary 29, 2012 at 12:48 am The headline came from Deontos who is sympathetic to Occupy Oakland and is in Oakland. I’m relying on the view of a local. oak January 29, 2012 at 12:41 am additional stream: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/bellaeiko Ned Ludd January 29, 2012 at 12:48 am The police played “catch & release” with a bunch of journalists tonight: Kristin Hanes, Vivian Ho, Susie Cagle, and John Osborn. They also arrested Mother Jones writer Gavin Aronsen but haven’t let him go. Ned Ludd January 29, 2012 at 1:20 am If you want to avoid arrest, commit financial fraud and crash the economy, create a worldwide torture regime and destroy evidence to cover it up, or lie the country into a war that kills hundreds of thousands of civilians. But if go out and march in the street – no civilized nation can allow that! R Foreman January 29, 2012 at 1:43 am Don’t forget, you need a front-man who smiles real big, and denies that anything is wrong, ignores the rampant law-breaking, and then uses other laws like statute of limitations to get the criminals off scott free, all the while grossly enriching himself and his cronies as millions of citizens lose their life-savings. John Regan January 29, 2012 at 1:43 am So true. Like I always say, the rule of law broke down a long time ago. We’re just seeing the effects tonight out in Oakland. Richard Kline January 29, 2012 at 3:30 am Silly Ludd, it’s all about optics. ‘Crime’ is something you have to be middle to lower class to commit. If you’re upper class, you ‘enact policy.’ Get it? Crime and punishment. Policy ‘development.’ It _pays_ to be the class who owns the [in]justice system and fills the legislature. You and your buds don’t get punished; you just get reassigned if the heat gets too much. This is relective of the re-enserfment of the populace, one might argue, that ‘crime’ is something related to class, not to behavior. The ‘criminal’ class must be contained for the good of social order (and the property protection of the rich). The non-criminal class cannot commit crimes, by definition, which is why no bankster is under indictment for commissions of enrichment. It’s simply ‘normal behavior’ for the non-criminal class to help themselves to the property of anyone so foolish as to leave said property available for ‘reemployment of capital.’ Normal, class behavior. Whereas the normal behavior of the ‘criminal class,’ however normative it might be is, by definition, criminal. Walk down the street and ask for justice: that’s a crime. One has to have _permission_ from the non-criminal class to walk down that street; otherwise being there is a criminal class act, and punishable by anything and everything. The putative non-criminal class need reeducation regarding the values of a common society. That’s coming . . . . Psychoanalystus January 29, 2012 at 8:03 am Swiss police also sprayed tear gas on occupiers in Davos. http://www.presstv.ir/detail/223648.html Andreas Moser January 29, 2012 at 9:13 am I am not sure I would trust the Islamic Republic of Iran’s foreign news outlet as a source. If somebody knows about brutal crackdowns on peaceful protest, it’s the Iranians. (And me, because I was there and experienced the police brutality myself: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2009/07/30/reports-about-my-trip-to-iran-in-junejuly-2009/ ) Andreas Moser January 29, 2012 at 9:10 am A better way to protest: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/ukrainian-girls-show-us-how-to-protest/ – and much more fitting for “Naked Capitalism” too. Lambert Strether January 29, 2012 at 12:20 pm Diversity of tactics [snort]. LD January 29, 2012 at 7:58 pm The US military partners have arrived boys. We aim to please (and assist with no money down, if you get my drift) all ya boys fightin OUR fight for us. (vis-a-vis the Ukraine-Israeli mob “handmaids.”) Cal January 29, 2012 at 11:00 am Anyone from Occupy that is a techie: Why does your live feed crash my Mac and fail to load? OSX lambert strether January 29, 2012 at 12:15 pm Guess where and when! LeonovaBalletRusse January 29, 2012 at 1:46 pm LS, since they all wear “fatigues”, the lines of demarcation between military, security, and police, are effectively eliminated. Joel3000 January 29, 2012 at 3:09 pm Search #oo on twitter for more on occupy Oakland. Thats the short hashtag. Lambert Strether January 29, 2012 at 4:58 pm #SolidaritySunday. And see the NYCGA. This is on the building seizure, not the city council. See also. b when January 29, 2012 at 5:30 pm In lambert’s photo above, over 150 folks are seated and zip-tied. Another 150 were already loaded on buses. The seated were told to disperse or face arrest. They were also not permitted to stand. Go figure. (Only a breakdancer or swami levitator could leave.) I love and am grateful for Yves’ work here. But the rhetoric of ‘siege’ and the confusion of agency it confers is very problematic, even if the original source produced it. Some folks don’t ‘feel’ how their words go contrary to the spirit of their cause. Editorial brackets tip the reader to that issue. Speaking of the spirit subverted by the word, witness Mr. Jarvis of National Parks; Congresspersons Ms. Norton, Mr.Clay, Mr Cummings; and Mr. Zick at the congressional hearing on Occupy DC. Compare to chair Gowdy and congressmen Issa and Walsh. Should the law of the land subvert the constitution? Kudos Mr Jarvis your training has done your well, too bad that cannot be said of all congresspersons. (apology, the first 5 minutes of link is blank) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVcTcWJCOyE Ms G January 29, 2012 at 6:23 pm Link from San Jose Mercury News with lots of photos. Unfortunately it’s not outtakes from a sci fi movie like Blade Runner or something. http://www.mercurynews.com/top-stories/ci_19843262 Lambert Strether January 29, 2012 at 6:34 pm OakFoSho‘s feed. Great stuff, sorts it out. Nathanael January 30, 2012 at 10:42 pm It remains to be seen whether Oakland is an outlier or a harbinger. Even if it is an outlier, I don’t think the fascist behavior of the police in Oakland is sustainable. That sort of thing can be sustained against massive public opposition only under limited circumstances, and in a very very large city which is part of a metropolis full of people with civil liberties inclinations — is not one of the better places to try it. (A rural Louisiana parish, that’s where to try it, if you want to try your hand at an openly brutal police state.) Comments are closed. Tip Jar Please Donate or Subscribe!