While I believe the cause is just and the complaint is valid at its core, I doubt how chaos and disorder could affect change. They are indeed expressing their grievances but expression is not the same to coming with a solution, since without the offer of a solution, any grievance would potentially be seen as fruitless. Please keep in mind that this quick tip is more about the recent riot and not what movement stands for since I do agree with some of the things they are fighting for.
It is quite sad that the real protestors may have been joined by others with no other goals than to promote anarchy, chaos and riots. Like when the Giants won the World Series last Year, I laughed as some people who never cared about the team before just joined the bandwagon, but this is way more serious. It is the same in this movement, as some people joined the protest, just so they can have an excuse and in doing so they damage the movement. I do not think the riots are a product of the real protestors since there are groups of protestors who stood guard over the small business establishments damaged by the riots to keep anyone from looting.
I did have mixed feelings as to how they seemed to keep truck drivers trying to make a living but I heard it was just until 9 am.
Chaos and riots will only hurt the goals of the movement. Funny how "Occupy SF" is much more orderly.....I think tempers just flared up more in Oakland....
Occupy Oakland is an ongoing protest encampment located in downtown Oakland at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in front of Oakland City Hall and Snow Park near Lake Merritt in Oakland, California. It is allied with the Occupy Wall Street movement that began in New York City on September 17, 2011, and is one of several "Occupy" protest sites in the San Francisco Bay Area. Other sites include Occupy San Francisco and Occupy San Jose.
The demonstration began on October 10, 2011. At its peak, the initial encampment consisted of about 150 tents. The two protest sites at Frank Ogawa Plaza and Snow Park were dismantled by police officers early in the morning on October 25, 2011. Later that day, the protesters tried to reclaim the sites. During clashes with police, two officers and three protesters were injured and more than a hundred people were arrested.
The next day, October 26, more than a thousand protesters gathered peacefully at Frank Ogawa Plaza. Tents were set up again on the plaza that evening. The general assembly agreed to organize a general strike for November 2.