In one night alone the Occupy Wall Street movement had many people arrested:
(Reuters) – Tensions boiled over early on Tuesday in downtown Boston, where police arrested more than 100 protesters after the Occupy Boston group expanded its footprint and was told by authorities to move back.
The OWS folks have been at this for less than a month and already they have seen violence and lawlessness.
The Tea Party?
I think the right is under estimating OWS in efforts to ridicule or belittle it. There is something there that I think could grow and have a profound impact on US politics. I also don’t think its necessarily good news for President Obama, since to them he’s been to eager to please Republicans and Wall Street. I’m seeing the movement spread and ignite enthusiasm here on a small rural Maine campus, with people motivated by real concerns and planning local protests. I think this could be a rallying cry for youth in coming years, and could get them more involved in politics. It feels less like your typical protest (like the anti-war rallies in 2003) and more like the rumblings of a true social movement in its early days.
I think the right is under estimating OWS in efforts to ridicule or belittle it.
You may be correct; there’s a lot to be angry about. However, there is nothing in this movement that even resembles a message or a point.
What I think is gonna happen is that the Tea Party will be reinvigorated. All they have to do is counter-protest at the OWS events and it’s game over.
. I’m seeing the movement spread and ignite enthusiasm here on a small rural Maine campus, with people motivated by real concerns and planning local protests.
To the extent that we get intelligent discussion surrounding relevant topics, I’m all for this unrest and protest stuff.