Five upstanding-looking men were arrested for trying to blow up the Route 82 bridge over the Cuyahoga Valley National Park on monday night. These left-wing nimrods call themselves anarchists and are associated with the Occupy movement. Had the anarcho-Occupiers been successful, we'd have many murdered Ohioans, because they tried to detonate the C-4 they'd placed at the base of the bridge as cars were driving over the bridge, according to an FBI affidavit. Fortunately, the C-4 was sold to the Freak Five by an undercover FBI agent, and it was inert. There was no boom-boom, no collapsing bridge, no dead people, and no pointless statement about disrupting Ohio commerce, as the Freak Five desired. The Cleveland Occupy movement quickly tried to distance itself from the bungled bombers, saying the Occupy movement was "peaceful" and does not condone their actions. While I agree that drum circles are a more peaceful form of protest than bridge bombings, I wouldn't exactly refer to the Occupiers as peaceful. Here are some of the Occupier actions from yesterday's May Day protests:
Marches turned violent in Oakland and San Francisco, where a protester was throwing what appeared to be bricks and metal rods from the roof of a building into the crowd of demonstrators, reporters, and police...
In Seattle, protesters dressed in black smashed windows and police pepper-sprayed some in the crowds.
New York police reported 15 arrests by late afternoon for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Oakland, Calif.: Protesters playing cat-and-mouse with police pounded on windows of banks and other businesses, SFGate.com reported. After surrounding a downtown Bank of America branch, protesters chanted, "Oakland is the people's town; strike, occupy, shut it down." they also gathered at a Wells Fargo bank branch. Police later confronted demonstrators marching through downtown. Video by NBCBayArea.com showed at least one protester being dragged away by police. Protesters hurled items including a paint bomb at police and windows out of a police van, NBCBayArea.com reported. Police fired tear gas and flash-bang grenades before the skirmishing crowd dispersed.
Seattle: Windows were broken and police arrested a handful of protesters as about 100 marched in downtown, NBC station KING reported. Many marchers were dressed in dark clothes, wearing face makeup and carrying sticks, live TV video showed. Police pepper-sprayed several protesters as problems developed. KING reported numerous tires slashed and large amounts of glass on the ground from vehicles and buildings, including the federal courthouse, smashed by protesters.
When I think of non-violent protests, I think of the Tea Party protests, where nobody was arrested and no violence occurred. The Occupiers fall well short of that goal. All I see with the Occupier protests is the same thing I've seen with left-wing protest movements my entire life - disregard for the rights of others, disrespect for the property of others, vandalism, arrests, and violence. Same as it ever was.
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