Way back in 1968, after the riots at the Democratic Convention in Chicago, Mayor Daley declared that his forces were there to "preserve disorder." I believe that was one of Hizzoner's famous malapropisms. Forty-three years later, Jean Quan, mayor of Oakland, and the Oakland City Council have made "preserving disorder" the official municipal policy. On Wednesday, the "Occupy Oakland" occupiers rampaged through the city, shutting down the nation's fifth-busiest port, forcing stores to close, terrorizing those residents foolish enough to commit the reactionary crime of "shopping," destroying ATMs, spraying the Christ the Light Cathedral with the insightful observation "F**k", etc. And how did the Oakland City Council react? The following day they considered a resolution to express their support for "Occupy Oakland" and to call on the city administration to "collaborate with protesters."Sure, it hasn't come to that here in Canada, not yet, but who would like to be harassed by a bunch of violent brats whose intention (as their very name suggests) is to make their presence felt?
That's "collaborate" in the Nazi-occupied France sense: the city's feckless political class are collaborating with anarchists against the taxpayers who maintain them in their sinecures. They're not the only ones. When the rumor spread that the Whole Foods store, of all unlikely corporate villains, had threatened to fire employees who participated in the protest, the Regional President David Lannon took to Facebook: "We totally support our Team Members participating in the General Strike today – rumors are false!" But, despite his "total support", they trashed his store anyway, breaking windows and spray-painting walls.
Rath said police have received upwards of 50 complaints about the protesters, some about noise and drug use, and others alleging assault in the park.Well done, Halifax Regional Police. In light of all the lawlessness that has run rampant at these "occupation" protests, the police forces that don't stand idly by, but actually intervene and bring back law and order, deserve to be cheers as liberators.
"One citizen was spat on. Another person in a wheelchair was unable to take their regular route through the park," said Rath. "We respect the right to protest peacefully, but this really goes beyond that."