Saturday, 29 October 2011

The war in Oakland: a turning point

To describe the actions of the police forces in the city of Oakland, California, on October 25 2011, as police brutality, would be an understatement. It was more an all out combat assault, ordered by the state to suppress , intimidate and attack the Occupiers in the region; men, women, children, elderly and disabled people among them. Severely injured with tear gas, military grade flash grenades, and shotguns loaded with rubber bullets, additionally exacerbated by plainclothes provocateurs.

The man shot in the face in the above video is Scott Olson, a marine veteran of the Iraq War, who following the attack was at one point hospitalized in critical condition. He may very well suffer from a slight to moderate degree brain damage for the rest of his life. The war did not do this to him. His life or welfare was never scarred or taken on the battlefield. But the government that easily uses, discards and ignores the service and sacrifices of those in the military, has done so. The doublespeak is how national leaders would condemn scenes such as these occurring in Arab nations, as during the Egyptian and Tunisian regimes, but excuse and ignore it when it occurs in their own. But the Egyptians who overthrew the Mubarak dictatorship have not. This is why on the 28th of October, they marched on the United States embassy in Tahrir, for the same reason they have done in defence of their brothers and sisters struggling in Yemen, Bahrain and Syria.

'The Same Goal'. Whether it calls itself the Arab Spring or the Occupy Movement, we can declare the revolutionary goal an international one. Against corruption and authoritarian power, for social justice and individual freedom. Where governments cannot deceive, indoctrinate or conceal, they manifest corporate power in fear and violence.

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