The US Day of Rage protest on Wall Street has been largely nonviolent so far, so organizers now appear to be trying to use political theatrics to recruit more activists to their anti-capitalist cause.
They are falsely accusing the New York City Police Department of using violent tactics against them.
The mass demonstration that began September 17 is still in progress. It comes months after ACORN founder Wade Rathke proclaimed an “anti-banking jihad” and SEIU schemer Stephen Lerner vowed to “bring down the stock market” through a campaign of disruption.
According to reports, about 5,000 people showed up initially, well under the 20,000 organizers had expected. Although organizers must be disappointed by the low turnout, they appear to be trying to salvage the event by baiting and taunting police. These radicals know that videos showing angry demonstrators confronting law enforcement are helpful in recruiting new activists.
After being relatively well behaved in the beginning, in recent days activists have been practically begging the NYPD to arrest them. A few activists have received a face full of pepper spray after disobeying directions from the police.
On Saturday about 80 activists managed to get themselves arrested. They claimed that police used brutal tactics against them and posted video footage on YouTube as proof, but the videos don’t seem to show much in the way of excessive force. There is footage of police grabbing hold of activists forcefully and in some cases throwing those resisting arrest to the ground, but it’s relatively tame stuff.
While all this supposed police brutality was going on, the police themselves were filming the activities, presumably so they can testify against themselves in court.
On cue, professional anti-American radical Noam Chomsky expressed solidarity with the protesters, denouncing the “gangsterism of Wall Street [and] financial institutions generally.” The one percent of the population with “immense wealth” act “with almost complete impunity – not only too big to fail, but also ‘too big to jail.’”
As happens at most leftist rallies, some of the participants stayed on-message and some didn’t, so it’s difficult to tell which protests in other cities were related to the activities in New York and which weren’t.
Many of the activists in lower Manhattan said they were demonstrating against the impending execution of convicted cop-killer Troy Davis in Georgia. In Washington, D.C., about 200 people led by Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin gathered outside a Columbia Heights shopping center on the evening of September 20 to protest the Davis death sentence. After Davis was sent to his maker the next day, around 500 people protested outside the White House.
Last year, George Goehl, executive director of Chicago-based National People’s Action, laid out the Left’s street protest strategy. He said “the banking crisis” was “the next big thing,” and “the way to build a big economic justice movement in this country.”
The next big exercise in Marxist mobocracy is scheduled for next month in the nation’s capital.
The October 2011 Coalition plans to take over Freedom Plaza near the White House, beginning October 6 “if any U.S. troops, contractors, or mercenaries remain in Afghanistan.” Protesters will “resist the corporate machine” by occupying the area “to demand that America’s resources be invested in human needs and environmental protection instead of war and exploitation.” The group’s stated goal is to make the plaza one block away from the White House “our Tahrir Square, Cairo.”
We’ll only have to wait a few more days to see if they mean business.