This one was in Portland (Oregon, I think, though Teddy Partridge’s otherwise excellent story doesn’t say). Police cleared a campground that had been occupied for about a month. Protesters made no trouble. Police apparently sought no trouble. A couple of drug users sought help with #Occupy’s medical personnel. A few homeless people showed up from elsewhere in Portland because, as Partridge said, “it was safest here.”
The disgusting thing is the way the media attempted to stir up conflict where there was none. There were too many incidents for me to repeat them here; just read Teddy’s article, and his list of media quotes. But none of the disgusting stuff reflected on the protesters or the police… only the so-called “reporters.”
THIS is what democracy looks like! Now if only our godawful media could see it…
AFTERTHOUGHT: Eric Dolan of RawStory quotes Glenn Greenwald on this very subject:
“It has converted them [journalists] [from] watchdogs over power into spokespersons and servants to people in power,” Greenwald explained in conversation with Salon founder David Talbot.
He noted that at first the media ignored the “Occupy Wall Street” protest in New York City and then portrayed the protesters as misguided or confused.
“Why is the son of the CEO of Chevron and the fiancé of the second highest ranking executive at Citigroup scornful of Wall Street protesters? It’s because this is who our media class is, they are integrated fully into the political class.”
I presume that by “political class” Greenwald means, not the political parties, but “the class that actually holds political power.” If so, he hit the nail on the head.