As general strike looms, shady group promises to “go beyond” peaceful protest
November 1, 2011
A crudely worded flyer handed out among Occupy Oakland Protesters has raised concerns that provocateurs are attempting to instigate violence in an attempt to de-rail plans for a general strike this week.
The flyer, pictured below, presents a rambling argument suggesting that anyone who engages in or supports nonviolent protest is “unwittingly complicit with the constelation of power that wages a daily war against freedom and peace”.
The flyer, signed off by an anonymous group calling itself ‘The Oakland Liberation Front’, suggests that engaging in non violent protest classifies as acting as “an auxiliary of the police force”.
“How dare you even ask for non-violence”, the flyer states, referring to the fact that police have already used violence against protesters. Last week’s confrontation culminated in Iraq war veteran Scott Olsen being seriously injured as “non-lethal” explosives, tear gas and rubber bullets were employed in an attempt to disperse protesters.
Promising to “go beyond” the pursuit of economic justice, the creators of the flyer vow to “seek a total transformation of society.”
“We seek the complete annihilation of capitalism”, the note reads, adding that this process will begin on Wednesday.
Wednesday is the day that demonstrators plan to engage in a general strike and to converge on Oakland’s port, one of the biggest commercial landmarks in the city.
By a vote of 1,484 to 46, the General Assembly of Occupy Oakland voted last week to call a citywide general strike for Wednesday.
“[W]e invite all students to walk out of school. Instead of workers going to work and students going to school, the people will converge on downtown Oakland to shut down the city,” the Occupy Oakland’s manifesto read. “We liberate Oakland and shut down the 1%.”
Commentators have suggested that the stage is being set in Oakland for a violent confrontation with police, which will be used as justification to crack down on Occupy protests all over the U.S.
As Madison Ruppert of Activist Post has noted, a strong crackdown on Occupations across America has begun in full force over the past few days.
“It is worth noting that the crackdown in Oakland directly violates a 2004 agreement made by the Oakland Police Department to refrain from using the exact types of tactics they utilized…” Ruppert adds.
There have also been reports out of Oakland of activists being deliberately targeted by police when trying to assist other injured protesters.
Video has also emerged of police in Oakland actively infiltrating the protests, raising yet more questions over their role in the violence witnessed so far in the city.
As the video highlights, Oakland’s acting Police Chief, Howard Jordan, previously muted the possibility of police provocateuring, stating:
”You don’t need to have some special skill to be able to infiltrate these groups. If you put people in there from the beginning, I think we’ll be able to gather the information. And maybe direct them to do something that we want them to do.”
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.net, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.
This article was posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 10:39 am