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Fed Up in Oakland

A couple weeks ago in this post, I asked rhetorically, regarding the occupy [whatever] movement, even one agrees with some of their aims, "why does anyone think extended occupation of public spaces is an effective way to achieve anything?"

Somebody who agrees with the protesters to a much greater degree than I do is the leftist mayor of Oakland, Jean Quan.  Yet apparently she and other city officials have had it with the encampment outside city hall.  Matthai Kuruvila, Justin Berton, and Demian Bulwa report for the SF Chron:

Police fired tear gas at least five times Tuesday night into a crowd of several hundred protesters backing the Occupy movement who unsuccessfully tried to retake an encampment outside Oakland City Hall that officers had cleared away more than 12 hours earlier.

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The protesters were trying to make good on a vow to retake an encampment that Occupy Oakland activists had inhabited for 15 days, until police evicted them early Tuesday.

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"We're going to march and reclaim what was already ours, what we call Oscar Grant Plaza and what they call City Hall," said protester Krystof Lopaur, referring to the unarmed man shot to death by a BART police officer in January 2009.

Now that's interesting.  This location does not belong to the people of the city as a whole, to be managed by those elected by the people.  No, it belongs to protesters who simply moved in and squatted on it.  By what theory, I wonder.  Adverse possession? Right of conquest?  But wait, there's more.

Protesters threw turquoise and red paint at the riot officers. Some led the crowd in chanting, "This is why we call you pigs."

Wow.  There's a blast from the past.  How long has it been since calling police officers "pigs" was in vogue?  I think the Beatles were still together.  Groovy, man.  Far out.  Now where did I put those bell bottoms?

Update:  Bobby White, Timothy Martin, and Douglas Belkin have this story in the WSJ on developments in several cities.

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